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Bishkek is the economic and cultural centre of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a population of 673,400 (as of 2009), up from 658,500 in the 1989 census and 589,000 in 1999. With an area of , Bishkek is by far the largest administrative centre in Central Asia based on land area; it also ranks among the largest cities nationally. It accounts for over 40% (1/5) or 1/3 if Chuy Province is included as well) to be exact 2/5 or 1/2 if Chuy Province too are included)of total urban population living within Kyrgyzstan's borders with about 60% being ethnic Kyrgyz making it one of most densely populated areas not only within country but whole region as well including Kazakhstan which makes this city more ethnically diverse than its capital Astana .