China’s 2010 Census

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Factbox-China’s 2010 Census

Updated: 2011-04-28 16:25

– from  China Daily, April 28, 2011



Mainland China Population according to the 2010 census:
1, 339,724,852


Females account for 48.73 percent of the total. The sex ratio (female=100) declined from 106.74 to 105.20.

+60 years old

Citizens aged 60 or more account for 13.26 percent, 2.93 percentage points higher than in 2000.


 In 2010, 221.4 million people had left the locality of their registered address for more than six months.

China released its 2010 census results on Thursday, the first comprehensive review of the country’s demographics in a decade. The following compares some key facts from the 2010 census .


The annual growth rate was 0.57 percent in the decade to 2010, compared with 1.07 percent in 1991-2000.


14 years old

In 2010, 16.60 percent of the population was 14 or younger, a sharp decline from 22.89 percent in 2000.  As compared with the results of the 2000 population census, the share of people in the age group of 0-14 was down by 6.29 percentage points.


Nearly half of the population — 49.7 percent live in urban areas, showing a rapidly urbanising China.


The top five provinces remained the same, but Guangdong jumped into first place, leap-frogging Shandong and Henan, which were the second and first most populous in 2010.


China’s 55 registered ethnic groups, aside from the majority Han Chinese, accounted for 8.49 percent of the population, up from 8.41 percent in 2000.


In 2010, the number of people with a university education was 8,930 per 100,000, almost 2.5 times more than in 2000, when it stood at 3,611.


In 2010, the illiteracy rate of people 15 years of age or older was 4.08 percent.


In the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities of the mainland of China, there were 401517330 family households with a population of 1,244,608,395 persons. The average size of family household was 3.10 persons, or 0.34 person less as compared with the 3.44 persons in the 2000 population census.

Source: National Bureau of Statistics of People’s Republic of China


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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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