China Census: Data Shows Slowest Population Growth In Decades

China Census: Data Shows Slowest Population Growth In Decades

China's population grew at its slowest pace in decades, according to governments' once-a-decade census.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The average annual growth rate was 0.53% over the past ten years, down from 0.57% between 2000 and 2010 - bringing the population to 1.41bn.
  • The findings put additional pressure on Beijing to increase incentives for couples to have more children to avoid a population decline.
  • As countries become more developed, birth rates tend to fall due to education or other priorities such as careers.
  • Shrinking populations are problematic as there won't be enough workers in the future to support the elderly, and there may be an increased demand for health and social care.
  • China's working-age population - defined as people aged between 16 and 59 - has declined by 40 million compared to the last census in 2010.
  • Its neighboring countries, Japan and South Korea have also seen birth rates fall to record lows in recent years despite various government incentives for couples to have more children.

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