Moscow has a population of almost 12 million people. Apart from locals, a large percentage of Moscow residents consist of migrants from other parts of Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union. It is, thus, common to find Jews, Ukrainians, Tartars and other ethnic minority community members in Moscow.
Moscow is considered the 4th most expensive city in the world, however, many Muscovites still enjoy a good standard of living since plenty of inexpensive shopping malls, entertainment houses and restaurants have sprung up all over the city. Nevertheless, a large number of people are extremely poor and like other major metropolises it is a city of contradictions with the poor living in slums that are located in the shadows of palatial sized houses lived in by Moscow's millionaires.
Muscovites are not generally very friendly or good humored towards tourists. They are, however, in their own right fun loving people. Muscovites also have the utmost respect for their culture and traditions. So whilst partying is essential to them, beneath it all they are deeply conservative.