Beijing permanent residents hit 19.7 million

13:26, July 22, 2010      

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According to official statistics, the permanent residents of Beijing totaled more than 19.7 million by the end of 2009, well over the State Council's goal of limiting the number to fewer than 18 million by 2020, Beijing Daily reported today.

The report said that of the total registered population, registered permanent residents account for around 12.5 million and about 7.6 million are members of the registered floating population, nearly 7.3 million of which have been living in Beijing for three or more months.

And according to the report, the population has increased by 1.52 million in the past four years, with an average increase of 0.4 million every year. This suggests that the floating population is the major source of growth in Beijing.

The report also said that the young adults, who form the majority of the floating population, helped to avert worker shortages in Beijing. However, their rising numbers have also brought challenges for Beijing's limited resources and environmental carrying capacity.

By Zhao Chenyan, People's Daily Online


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