Kirovohrad Oblast
Кіровоградська область
—  Oblast  —
Kirovohradska oblast[1]
Flag of Kirovohrad Oblast
Coat of arms of Kirovohrad Oblast
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Кіровоградщина (Kirovohradshchyna)
Country  Ukraine
Administrative center Kropyvnytskyi
 • Governor Valerii Zhaldak (acting)[2]
 • Oblast council 64 seats
 • Chairperson Oleksandr Chornoivanenko (Batkivshchyna)
 • Total 24,588 km2 (9,493 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 15th
Population (2021)[3]
 • Total decrease 920,128
 • Rank Ranked 25th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 25000-27999
Area code +380-52
ISO 3166 code UA-35
Vehicle registration ВA
Raions 4
Cities (total) 12
• Regional cities 0
Urban-type settlements 26
Villages 1015
FIPS 10-4 UP10

Kirovohrad Oblast (Ukrainian: Кіровогра́дська о́бласть|; also referred to as KirovohradschynaUkrainian: Кіровогра́дщина|) is an oblast (province) of Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Kropyvnytskyi. Its population is 920,128 (2021 est.)[3].

In 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine approved the change of the oblast's name to Kropyvnytskyi Oblast (Ukrainian: Кропивницька област|), or Kropyvnychchyna (Ukrainian: Кропивниччина|).[4]


The area of the province is 24,600 km2 (9,498.11 sq mi).

The city of Dobrovelychkivka is the geographical center of Ukraine.


The oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on January 10, 1939 out of the northern raions of Mykolaiv Oblast. In 1954 the oblast lost some raions to the newly created Cherkasy Oblast, but later that year received its western raions from the Odessa Oblast. Between 1939 and 2016, the oblast administrative center, Kropyvnytskyi, was called Kirovohrad and was named after the First Secretary of the Leningrad City Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) Sergei Kirov.[5] Due to decommunization laws (on 14 July 2016) the name of the city was changed to Kropyvnytskyi.[5] Kirovohrad Oblast was not renamed because as such it is mentioned in the Constitution of Ukraine, and the Oblast can only be renamed by a constitutional amendment.[6] On 20 June 2018, the Committee on State Building, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government of the Ukrainian parliament backed the proposal to rename Kirovohrad Oblast to Kropyvnytskyi Oblast.[7] In February 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared constitutional the bill on renaming Kirovohrad Oblast to Kropyvnytskyi Oblast.[8][9]

Points of interest[]

The following sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine:

  • Khutir Nadia
  • Saint Elizabeth fortress
  • Oblast art museum

Administrative divisions[]

Before the July 2020 reform, Kirovohrad Oblast was administratively subdivided into 21 raions (districts) as well as 4 cities (municipalities) which were directly subordinate to the oblast government: Oleksandriia, Svitlovodsk, Znamianka, and the administrative center of the oblast, Kropyvnytskyi.

Name Ukrainian Name Area
estimate 2015[10] Urban Population Only
Kropyvnytskyi Кропивницький (місто) 103 239,837 Kropyvnytskyi (city) 231,228
Oleksandriia Олександрія (місто) 55 91,881 Oleksandriia (city) 82,269
Svitlovodsk Світловодськ (місто) 45 53,449 Svitlovodsk (city) 45,746
Znamianka Знам'янка (місто) 15 28,507 Znamianka (city) 23,245
Bobrynets'kyi raion Бобринецький район 1,496 25,993 Bobrynets 10,998
Dobrovelychkivs'kyi raion Добровеличківський район 1,297 33,925 Dobrovelychkivka 14,726
Dolyns'kyi raion Долинський район 1,200 34,535 Dolynska 20,713
Haivorons'kyi raion Гайворонський район 700 38,335 Haivoron 21,556
Holovanivs'kyi raion Голованівський район 992 31,084 Holovanivsk 11,996
Kropyvnytskyi Raion Кропивницький район 1,600 37,123 Kropyvnytskyi (city) N/A *
Kompaniyivs'kyi raion Компаніївський район 967 15,413 Kompaniivka 4,537
Malovyskivs'kyi raion Маловисківський район 1,111 43,678 Mala Vyska 20,660
Novhorodkivs'kyi raion Новгородківський район 997 15,567 Novhorodka 5,775
Novoarkhanhel's'kyi raion Новоархангельський район 1,200 24,743 Novoarkhanhelsk 6,286
Novomyrhorods'kyi raion Новомиргородський район 1,032 28,554 Novomyrhorod 13,894
Novoukrains'kyi raion Новоукраїнський район 1,668 42,055 Novoukrainka 17,176
Oleksandrivs'kyi raion Олександрівський район 1,159 27,558 Oleksandrivka 11,279
Oleksandriys'kyi raion Олександрійський район 1,854 35,765 Oleksandriia (city) N/A *
Onufriyivs'kyi raion Онуфріївський район 889 18,445 Onufriivka 8,695
Petrivs'kyi raion Петрівський район 1,195 24,329 Petrove 8,173
Svitlovods'kyi raion Світловодський район 1,219 12,420 Svitlovodsk (city) N/A *
Ul'yanovs'kyi raion Ульяновський район 701 22,742 Ulianovka 6,080
Ustynivs'kyi raion Устинівський район 942 13,106 Ustynivka 3,467
Vilshans'kyi raion Вільшанський район 645 12,650 Vilshanka 4,689
Znamyans'kyi raion Знам'янський район 1,334 23,030 Znamianka (city) N/A *
Total Oblast Кіровоградська Область 24,588 974,724 612,237

Note: Asterisks (*) Though the administrative center of the rayon was housed in the city/town that it was named after, cities do not answer to the rayon authorities only towns do; instead they were directly subordinated to the oblast government and therefore were not counted as part of rayon statistics.


Age structure[]

0-14 years: 14.3% increase (male 72,646/female 68,970)
15-64 years: 68.7% decrease (male 324,698/female 355,058)
65 years and over: 17.0% steady (male 55,718/female 111,666) (2013 official)

Median age[]

total: 41.2 years increase
male: 37.7 years increase
female: 44.5 years increase (2013 official)


Most of Ukraine's oblasts are named after their capital cities, officially referred to as "oblast centers" (Ukrainian: обласний центр|, translit. oblasnyi tsentr). The name of each oblast is a relative adjective, formed by adding a feminine suffix to the name of respective center city: Kirovohrad is the center of the Kirovohrads’ka oblast’ (Kirovohrad Oblast). Most oblasts are also sometimes referred to in a feminine noun form, following the convention of traditional regional place names, ending with the suffix "-shchyna", as is the case with the Kirovohrad Oblast, Kirovohradshchyna.

See also[]

  • Administrative divisions of Ukraine


  1. ^ Syvak, Nina; Ponomarenko, Valerii; Khodzinska, Olha; Lakeichuk, Iryna (2011). "Toponymic Guidelines for Map and Other Editors for International Use". In Veklych, Lesia (PDF). scientific consultant Iryna Rudenko; reviewed by Nataliia Kizilowa; translated by Olha Khodzinska. Kyiv: DerzhHeoKadastr and Kartographia. p. 20. ISBN 978-966-475-839-7. 
  2. ^ (in Ukrainian) Zelensky fired the head of the Kirovohrad region, Ukrayinska Pravda (15 April 2021)
  3. ^ a b "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (in uk). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. 
  4. ^ "The Opinion of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine in the case of renaming the Kirovohrad oblast is given". 5 February 2019. 
  5. ^ a b Goodbye, Lenin: Ukraine moves to ban communist symbols, BBC News (14 April 2015)
    (in Ukrainian) Verkhovna Rada renamed Kirovograd, Ukrayinska Pravda (14 July 2016)
  6. ^ Ukraine, The World Factbook
  7. ^ Ukraine's parliament committee backs renaming of Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad regions, UNIAN (20 June 2018)
  8. ^ "Надано Висновок Конституційного Суду України в справі щодо перейменування Кіровоградської області | Конституційний Суд України". 
  9. ^ "Constitutional Court Declares Bill Renaming Kirovohrad Region As Kropyvnytskyi Region Constitutional" (in en). 2019-02-06. 
  10. ^ "Population Quantity" (in uk). 

External links[]

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