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Urmia (pronounced [oɾumiˈje] ) (Azerbaijani: Urmu, Urmi, Urmiyə, اورمو, اورمیه, Persian: ارومیه‎‎, Kurdish: Ûrmiye, Wirmê - ورمێ‎, Armenian: Ուրմիա, Aramaic: ܐܘܪܡܝܐ‎‎,) is the second largest city in the Iranian Azerbaijan and the capital of West Azerbaijan Province. Urmia is situated at an altitude of 1,330 m above sea level, and is located along the Shahar Chay river (City River) on the Urmia Plain. Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest salt lakes, lies to the east of the city and the mountainous Turkish border area lies to the west. Urmia is the 10th most populated city in Iran. At the 2012 census, its population was 667,499 with 197,749 households. The city's inhabitants are predominantly Iranian Azerbaijanis who speak Azeri Turkish. as well as Iran's official language, Persian. There are also minorities of Kurds, Assyrians, and Armenians. The city is the trading center for a fertile agricultural region where fruits (especially apples and grapes) and tobacco are grown. An important town by the 9th century, Urmia was seized by the Seljuk Turks (1084), and later occupied a number of times by the Ottoman Turks. For centuries the city has had a diverse population which has at times included Muslims (Shias and Sunnis), Christians (Catholics, Protestants, Nestorians, and Orthodox), Jews, Bahá'ís and Sufis. Around 1900, Christians made up more than 40% of the city's population, however, most of the Christians fled in 1918 as a result of the Persian Campaign during World War I and the Armenian and Assyrian Genocides.

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Facts and Stats for Urmia*

  • Pollution Statistics in Urmia

    Know the pollution level of Urmia before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 78.57 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 83.33 (Very High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 65 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Urmia: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Urmia for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Urmia.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 50 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 100 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 75 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
  • Living in Urmia - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 50 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 75.06 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.47 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 44.44 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.42 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 34.78 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Urmia

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Urmia

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 1.62 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 98.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40.54 USD

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