The Pripyat town was found on the banks of the Pripyat River, 3 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the February 4, 1970. In November 1985 the town population was 47,500. The average age was 26 years. Near the town there is a railway station Yanov (station Chernihiv-Ovruch). River navigation links the city with Kiev and other settlements on the Pripyat River and the Kiev reservoir.
During the construction of the city there were used innovative ways of building and architectural solutions. The city had 15 kindergartens, 5 schools, a music school, a vocational school, medical unit, three clinics, 27 canteens, cafes and restaurants, the Palace of Culture "Energetic", a cinema "Prometheus", numerous sports and cultural facilities.
After the Chernobyl disaster the town had been completely evacuated till 27-th of April 1986. Currently it is located on the territory of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, surrounded by a separate perimeter and has its own checkpoint. Although work on the decontamination of the city, in part successful but it has a population of 0 people because of the level of radionuclide contamination of the city is dangerous the peoples` health. In the first years after the accident, many buildings in the city were in use for decontamination and scientific companies, including the swimming pool. Still there are: laundry, water fluoridation station and garage of machinery.