Kara-Balta city, translated from Kyrgyz as “black axe”, is an administrative centre in Jayyl District of Chuy Province in Kyrgyzstan. It was established in 1825 and after 1975 it has received the status of “city”. Compare with the results of 2009 (37800 people), the population increased and reached 45300 people in 2017. The city is located in a calm place with a slight decrease in elevations from south to north, on the northern slopes of Kyrgyz Range in the western part of Chuy Province. Also, the distance between the city and Bishkek takes 62 kilometres. The city is bordered by the river Kara-Balta.

There are Food College, branch of Kyrgyz State Technical University, Professional Lyceum, Medical School, several private and 13 comprehensive schools with training in Kyrgyz and Russian, as well as the chain of kindergartens.

Kara-Balta city is one of the most important transport hubs in Chuy Province with its own public institutions and associations, business entities, administrative structures of ministries and departments. Kyrgyz Railway Station, also minibuses of the numbers 2,3,5,6,7,8,9 operate in the city. Trunk highways of Bishkek-Tashkent and Bishkek-Osh operate through the city.

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