Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Beijing population tops 20.69 mln


10:01, January 21, 2013

Please read: Beijing to release Gini coefficient

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Beijing's permanent population reached 20.69 million by the end of 2012, marking a slower year-on-year growth of 2.5 percent, according to statistics released on Sunday.

Permanent residents in the Chinese capital increased by 507,000 in the one-year period since the end of 2011, according to data released by the Beijing Bureau of Statistics.

The bureau says Beijing has about 7.74 million non-native residents who have settled down for over half a year. Their population has increased by 316,000 since the end of 2011.

Xia Qinfang, vice head of the bureau, said the low growth rate this year was partially attributed to the city's slower GDP growth, which stood at 7.7 percent in 2012.

Beijing's population has observed a downward trend in growth since 2011. Experts said explosive population was a factor behind multiple problems faced by Chinese cities, including traffic jams and surging house prices.

We Recommend:

2012 year in review: Steps of growth

2012 year in review: Say goodbye

2012 in review: Questions on responsibility

China’s weekly story (2012.12.27-2013.1.4)

New Year Wishes from left-behind children

Kazak's wonderful falcon game in Xinjiang

Food is the paramount necessity of life

Dense fog causes serious air pollution

Twisted, ugly ‘Tower of Large Intestine’ found


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. WZ-8 armed helicopters in training

  2. UN's equipment verification

  3. Mumbai in lens

  4. Lanterns fly from low to high

  5. Photos: Chinese Style in 2012

  6. They made 2012 warm and beautiful

  7. Miss Chinese Africa beauty contest

  8. Scenery of Wuyuan at dawn after rainfall

  9. Most transparent multinationals

  10. Cute animals enjoy thier toys

Most Popular


  1. Will Rahul Gandhi secure a 3rd term in power
  2. U.S. sends wrong signal over Diaoyu Islands issue
  3. Labor shortage hits cities as holiday nears
  4. Reaching out to sympathetic Japanese
  5. The fall and rise of James Bond
  6. Intervention in Mali
  7. Proposal to help Chinese 'gay wives' stirs debate
  8. Tax wrong weapon to combat home prices
  9. What you may not know about studying abroad
  10. Reliance on land sales 'must be reformed'

What’s happening in China

Photos: Chinese Style in 2012

  1. Highly educated cleaners start jobs in Harbin
  2. Statistician suggests "scientific" population policy
  3. 11 injured in N China fireworks store explosion
  4. Railway police nab 5,144 drug smugglers
  5. Seven dead in Foxconn bus accident