Modern Turks have a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman and Western cultures and traditions. These different historical factors are important in defining the modern Turkish identity. Recently, much of Western culture has also been influential, however, this is combined with the necessity felt to maintain traditional religious and historical values. There has always been a mix of different cultures in Turkey.
Demographically Turkey has a young population with half its residents under the age of 25. There has been an increasing amount of urbanisation as people from the countryside move into the large cities like Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. It is now believed that over 60% of the population live in urban areas.