28 Apr '11, 3am

China's population grew to 1.339 billion in 2010, up 5.9% from the 1.265 billion in 2000: Census

China's population grew to 1.339 billion in 2010, up 5.9% from the 1.265 billion in 2000: Census

China's mainland population grew to 1.339 billion in 2010, according to census figures released on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP BEIJING - CHINA'S mainland population grew to 1.339 billion by 2010, according to census figures released on Thursday, up 5.9 per cent from the 1.265 billion at the last census in 2000, and lower than the 1.4 billion population some demographers had projected for the latest count. The census results also showed that China, the world's second-biggest economy after the United States, is rapidly urbanising, with nearly half the population - 49.7 per cent - living in urban areas. In 2000, 36.09 per cent of Chinese lived in cities, although that census used a different counting method. The Chinese government's strict controls on family size, including a one-child policy for most urban families, have brought down annual population growth to below 1 per cent ...

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