Batken (also called Batkent) is a town in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, on the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley. It is the administrative seat of Batken Region.[2] Since 2000, it is a city of regional significance, i.e. not part of a district.[3] However, it is still the administrative seat of Batken District.[2] Its area is 205 square kilometres (79 sq mi),[4] and its resident population was 27,730 in 2021 (both including the villages Bulak-Bashy, Kyzyl-Jol and Bazar-Bashy). The population of the town proper was 15,805.[1]

Batken
Баткен
Flag of Batken
Official seal of Batken
Batken is located in Kyrgyzstan
Batken
Batken
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°49′E / 40.067°N 70.817°E / 40.067; 70.817Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°49′E / 40.067°N 70.817°E / 40.067; 70.817
CountryFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan
RegionBatken Region
Government
 • GubernatorSultanbay Ayjigitov
Area
 • City205 km2 (79 sq mi)
Elevation
1,042 m (3,419 ft)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • City27,730
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
 • Urban
15,805
Time zoneUTC+6 (KGT)
Area code(s)+996 3622

HistoryEdit

The name Batkent is from the Iranian language of Sogdian and means "The city of wind". Batken became the administrative headquarters of the youngest of Kyrgyzstan's seven regions, created from the three westernmost districts of Osh Region in 1999, after concerns over radical Islamist activities in neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan led to demands for a more direct and visible governmental presence in this remote and mountainous region. Batken Airport links the town with Bishkek. Since 2000, there is a small university in Batken.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
200919,718—    
202127,730+2.88%
Note: resident population; Sources:[4][1]

ClimateEdit

Batken has a cold steppe climate (Köppen climate classification: BSk). The average annual temperature in Batken is 11.6 °C (52.9 °F). About 367 mm (14.45 in) of precipitation falls annually.

Climate data for Batken
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 1.2
(34.2)
3.7
(38.7)
10.5
(50.9)
19.1
(66.4)
24.6
(76.3)
30.0
(86.0)
32.5
(90.5)
31.1
(88.0)
26.4
(79.5)
18.5
(65.3)
9.8
(49.6)
3.4
(38.1)
17.6
(63.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.8
(27.0)
−0.5
(31.1)
5.8
(42.4)
13.3
(55.9)
18.0
(64.4)
22.6
(72.7)
24.9
(76.8)
23.2
(73.8)
18.3
(64.9)
11.8
(53.2)
4.8
(40.6)
−0.3
(31.5)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) −6.7
(19.9)
−4.7
(23.5)
1.2
(34.2)
7.6
(45.7)
11.5
(52.7)
15.2
(59.4)
17.3
(63.1)
15.4
(59.7)
10.3
(50.5)
5.1
(41.2)
−0.1
(31.8)
−4.0
(24.8)
5.7
(42.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40
(1.6)
39
(1.5)
57
(2.2)
51
(2.0)
47
(1.9)
16
(0.6)
8
(0.3)
3
(0.1)
5
(0.2)
32
(1.3)
30
(1.2)
39
(1.5)
367
(14.4)
Source: https://en.climate-data.org/location/28040/

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Population of regions, districts, towns, urban-type settlements, rural communities and villages of Kyrgyz Republic" (XLS) (in Russian). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. 2021. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Classification system of territorial units of the Kyrgyz Republic" (in Kyrgyz). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. May 2021. pp. 39–40.
  3. ^ Law 18 February 2000 No. 42
  4. ^ a b "2009 population and housing census of the Kyrgyz Republic: Batken Region" (PDF) (in Russian). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. 2010. pp. 14, 17.