Wi the growth o the economy o the kintra, Yerevan haes been unnergoin major transformation as mony pairts o the ceety hae been the recipient o new construction syne the early 2000s, an retail ootlets such as restaurants, shops an street cafes, which wur rare durin Soviet times, hae multiplied.
In 2009, the population o Yerevan wis estimatit tae be 1,119,000 fowk wi the agglomeration aroond the ceety regroupin 1,245,700 fowk (2007 offeecial estimate), mair than a third o aw the population o Armenie.
Armenie haes aye excelled in chess wi its players being vera aften amang the heichest ranked an decoratit. The heidquarters o the Armenian Chess Federation is locatit in the Kentron (central destrict) in Yerevan an thare exists plenty o chess clubs in the ceety. In 1996, despite a severe economic crisis, Yerevan hostit the 32nt Chess Olympiad. In 2006, the fower members frae Yerevan o the Armenie chess team wan the 37t Chess Olympiad in Turin an repeatit the feat at the 38t Chess Olympiad in Dresden. The Yerevan-born leader o this team, Levon Aronian, is currently ane o the warld's top chess players an is nummer sax on the Aprile 2008 FIDE rankins.
Yerevan is member o 6 internaitional organizations: the "International Assembly of CIS Countries' Capitals an Big Cities" (MAG), the "Black Sea Capitals' Association" (BSCA), the "International Association of Francophone Mayors" (AIMF), the "Organization of World Heritage Cities" (OWHC), the "International Association of Large-scale Communities" an the "International Urban Community Lighting Association" (LUCI).