St Petersburg is only next to Moscow as the largest city in Russia. The city has over 4 million people making up 3.39% of the country’s total population. In the 2002 census, St Petersburg was recorded to have 22 ethnic groups each comprising over 2000 persons. 84.7% of these ethnic groups are Russians, followed by 1.8% of Ukranians, 1.1% of Belarusians, and a minority of Jewish, Tatar, Armenian, Georgian, and Chuvash among others. Most of the people in the city live in apartments since the early 1900s after the Soviets forced its residents to share apartments that are communal.

There are a number of famous people and personalities, then and now, who were born in St Petersburg.

In field of entertainment there are actors Anton Yelchin, George Sanders, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Tom Conway, and Vladimir Putin. Actresses Margarita Levieva, Natalya Rudakova, Kseniya Rappoport, and Anya Kop were also born from the city.

In sports, European champion basketball player, Svetlana Abrosimova; Arsenal FC player, Andrei Arshavin, chess master Alexander Khalifman, and tennis player Svetlana Kuznetsova are also all from the city.

Since Russia is also recognized around the globe for its advancement in the field of science and technology, it is not a surprise to have brilliant brains in the field coming from St Petersburg. Among them are cosmonauts, Georgi Grechko and Sergei Krikalyov, chemist Alexander Borodin, and Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky who is among the founders of geochemistry.

These are to only name a few of the people who are proud to be from St Petersburg.