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The Seventh National Census Results Announced
On May 11, 2021, the State Council Information Office held a press conference on the main data results of the 7th National Population Census. According to the statistics, the total population of the country in 2020 was 1,411.78 million, of which 901.99 million (63.89%) lived in urban areas and 509.79 million (36.11%) lived in rural areas. Compared with 2010, the urban population increased by 236.42 million and the rural population decreased by 164.36 million. The proportion of the urban population went up by 14.21%. With the in-depth development of China’s new industrialization, informatization and agricultural modernization, and the implementation of the policy to help people who have relocated from rural to urban areas to gain permanent urban residency, China’s new urbanization has been advanced steadily and the urbanization construction has scored historical achievements over the past ten years. The number of people who lived in places other than their household registration areas reached 492.76 million. Specifically, the number of people who lived in places other than their household registration but still in the same city totaled 116.94 million and the floating population numbered 375.82 million. Of the floating population, the population moving to other provinces reached 124.84 million. Compared with 2010, the population who lived in places other than their household registration areas went up by 88.52%, the population who lived in places other than their household registration but still in the same city went up by 192.66%, and the floating population went up by 69.73%. The data shows that the continuous economic and social development of China has created conditions for the migration and flowing of the population, and the trend of population flowing has become more obvious and the scale of the flowing population has further expanded. In addition, the national population census also explains the data regarding the household population, regional distribution, gender composition, age composition, education level, and ethnic population, which provides accurate statistical information to support the improvement of China’s population development strategy and policy system, the formulation of economic and social development planning, and the promotion of high-quality development. 

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