China's Urban & Rural Population Breakdown
China's urban population booms in contrast to falling rural population rates.
Date Published: 03/20/2012
The bustling lanes of Wangfujing Street in Beijing. (Photo by Peter Winter)
China has experienced explosive urban population growth in the last 30 years. Since 1982, China’s cities have grown from just over 200 million to more than three times the figure in 2010. The rural population has also steadily increased but dropped in 2000 largely owing to rural workers migrating to cities. China’s urban population growth is not expected to slow in the future either: the McKinsey Global Institute predicts the figure will reach one billion by 2030. China's National Population and Family Planning Commission reports the national census data on urban and rural populations from 1953-2010 showing that rural population figures are falling in contrast to the urban population boom.
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