In 2002, the province's name was changed from İçel to Mersin. The province retained the license plate number of 33, İçel having been the 33rd in the alphabetical order of Turkish province names.
87% of the land area is mountain. About 50% of the population of the province is younger than 24 years of age. 68% were born in Mersin. The literacy rate is 89%.
Mersin Province is divided into thirteen districts. Four of them are actually included within the municipality of Mersin city (shown in boldface letters).
Population of the provinceEdit
In the table below, the four second-level municipalities are merged within Mersin proper.
|Name of the district||Population
including rural area)