Cherkasy Oblast

Cherkasy Oblast (Ukrainian: Черкаська область, romanized: Cherkas'ka oblast', pronounced [tʃerˈkɑsʲkɐ ˈɔblɐstʲ]; also referred to as Черкащина Cherkashchyna [tʃerˈkɑʃtʃɪnɐ]) is an oblast (province) of central Ukraine located along the Dnieper River. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Cherkasy (population: 1,231,207(2017 est.)[2]).

Cherkasy Oblast

Черкаська область

Coat of arms
Черкащина (Cherkashchyna)
Country Ukraine
EstablishedJanuary 7, 1954
Administrative centerCherkasy
Largest citiesCherkasy, Uman, Smila, Zolotonosha
  GovernorRoman Bodnar[1]
  Oblast council84 seats
  ChairpersonAnatoliy Pidhornyy
  Total20,900 km2 (8,100 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 18th
  RankRanked 15th
  Density59/km2 (150/sq mi)
  Official language(s)Ukrainian
  Average salaryUAH 817 (2006)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code+380 47
ISO 3166 codeUA-71
Vehicle registrationCA
Cities (total)25
 Regional cities6
Urban-type settlements34
FIPS 10-4UP01


With 20,900 km², the Cherkasy oblast is the 18th largest oblast of Ukraine, comprising about 3.5% of the area of the country. The south flowing Dnieper River with the hilly western bank and the plain eastern bank divides the oblast into two unequal parts. The larger western part belongs to the Dnieper Upland. The low-lying eastern part of the oblast used to be subject to the frequent Dnieper flooding before the flow of the river became controlled by multiple dams of Hydroelectric Power Plants constructed along the river in the 20th century.

The oblast extends for 245 km from south-west to north-east, and for 150 km from north to south. The northernmost point of the oblast is located is near the village of Kononivka in the Drabivskyi Raion (district), the southernmost point near the village of Kolodyste in the Talnivskyi Raion, the westernmost point near the village of Korytnya in the Zhashkivskyi Raion, and the easternmost point near the village of Stetsivka in the Chyhyrynsky Raion. The geometric centre of the oblast is located near the village Zhuravky of the Horodyshchenskyi Raion. The oblast borders the Kyiv Oblast to the north, the Kirovohrad Oblast to the south, the Poltava Oblast to the east, and the Vinnytsia Oblast to the west.


The Cherkasy Oblast was created as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on January 7, 1954. The oblast's territory was the major cities of Cherkasy, Smila and Uman, their corresponding raions (districts), as well as 30 former raions of the Vinnytsia, Kiev, Kirovohrad and Poltava Oblasts.

Archaeological discoveries, have shown that people have inhabited the valley of the Dnieper (Dnipro) River since the times immemorial. The oldest objects excavated on the territory of the region date back to the Stone Age – the Palaeolithic period.

Administrative divisions

Cherkasy Oblast is administratively subdivided into 20 raions (districts), as well as 6 cities (municipalities) which are directly subordinate to the oblast government: Vatutine, Zolotonosha, Kaniv, Smila, Uman, and the administrative center of the oblast, Cherkasy. There are a total of 25 cities, 34 towns, and 838 villages.

The following data incorporates the number of each type of administrative divisions of Cherkasy Oblast:

  • Administrative Center—1 (Cherkasy);
  • Raions—20;
  • City raions—2;
  • Settlements—855, including:
    • Villages—824;
    • Cities/Towns—31, including:
      • Urban-type settlements—15;
      • Cities—16, including:
        • Cities of oblast subordinance—6;
        • Cities of raion subordinance—10;
  • Selsovets—525.

The local administration of the oblast is controlled by the Cherkasy Oblast Rada. The governor of the oblast is the Cherkasy Oblast Rada speaker, appointed by the President of Ukraine.

NameUkrainian NameArea
census 2015[3]
Admin.centerUrban Population Only
CherkasyЧерка́си (місто)69284,479Cherkasy (city)283,610
KanivКанів (місто)1825,169Kaniv (city)25,169
SmilaСміла (місто)4068,664Smila (city)68,657
UmanУмань (місто)4186,050Uman (city)86,050
VatutineВатутіне (місто)1117,616Vatutine (city)16,958
ZolotonoshaЗолотоноша (місто)2229,277Zolotonosha (city)28,301
Cherkaskyi RaionЧеркаський (район)1,61775,758Cherkasy (city)N/A *
Chornobaivskyi RaionЧорнобаївський (район)1,55441,217Chornobai7,312
Chyhyrynskyi RaionЧигири́нський (район)1,21727,012Chyhyryn9,002
Drabivskyi RaionДрабівський (район)1,16035,387Drabiv9,349
Horodyshchevskyi RaionГородищенський (район)88340,986Horodyshche18,562
Kamyanskyi RaionКам'янканський (район)72627,539Kamianka12,059
Kanivskyi RaionКанівський (район)1,28219,218Kaniv (city)N/A *
Katerynopilskyi RaionКатеринопільський (район)67224,337Katerynopil9,740
Khrystynivskyi RaionХристинівський (район)63235,108Khrystynivka14,533
Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi RaionНовобузький (район)89643,296Korsun-Shevchenkivskyi21,994
Lysianskyi RaionЛисянський (район)74623,808Lysianka7,998
Mankivskyi RaionМаньківський (район)76527,773Mankivka9,642
Monastyryshenskyi RaionМонастирищенський (район)72036,395Monastyryshche12,575
Shpolyaskyi RaionШполянський (район)1,10643,729Shpola17,331
Smilyanskyi RaionСмілянський (район)93432,422Smila (city)N/A *
Talnivskyi RaionТальнівський (район)91034,371Talne14,048
Umanskyi RaionУманський (район)1,39343,046Uman (city)N/A *
Zhashkivskyi RaionЖашківський (район)96437,310Zhashkiv14,111
Zolotonskyi RaionЗолотоніський (район)1,49241,605Zolotonosha (city)N/A *
Zvenyhorodskyi RaionЗвенигородський (район)1,01044,594Zvenyhorodka17,463
Note: Asterisks (*) Though the administrative center of the rayon is housed in the city/town that it is named after, cities do not answer to the rayon authorities only towns do; instead they are directly subordinated to the oblast government and therefore are not counted as part of rayon statistics.


The region has 16 populated places that are cities.


The current estimated population is 1,335,064 (as of 2006).

According to the 2001 Ukrainian census, the oblast's population is almost equally divided between the urban and rural areas (53.7% and 46.3%, respectively).[4] The demographic situation in this largely agricultural territory is somewhat complicated by population ageing.[5]

By ethnic composition, Ukrainians represent the overwhelming majority of the oblast's population (93.6%).[6] Ethnic Russians are the distant second group of population (5.4%), and are concentrated mainly in the city of Cherkasy.

The oblast is primarily Ukrainophone.

Age structure

0-14 years: 13.4% (male 87,557/female 82,340)
15-64 years: 69.1% (male 417,426/female 457,390)
65 years and over: 17.5% (male 72,835/female 147,711) (2013 official)

Median age

total: 41.7 years
male: 38.4 years
female: 45.0 years (2013 official)


The economy of the Cherkasy Oblast is largely dominated by agriculture. While the winter wheat and sugar beets are the main products grown in the oblast, barley, corn, tobacco and hemp are also grown. Cattle breeding is also important.

The industry is mainly concentrated in Cherkasy, the oblast's capital and the largest city. A chemical industry was developed in the city in late 1960s in addition to machine building, furniture making and agricultural processing.


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: Cherkasy is the center of the Cherkas’ka oblast’ (Cherkasy 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 Cherkasy Oblast, Cherkashchyna.


There are 5 universities in the region:


See also


  • "Cherkasy Region". Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
  • (1972) Історіа міст і сіл Української CCP - Черкаська область (History of Towns and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR - Cherkasy Oblast), Kiev. (in Ukrainian)
  •—Official website of Cherkasy Oblast Administration (in Ukrainian)/(in Russian)/(in English)
  •—Cherkasy oblast: facts and figures

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