Population        

Year Total Population Urban Population Rural Population

1995 1.21121 billion

1996 1.22389 billion 359.5 million 864.39 million

1997 1.23626 billion 369.89 million 866.37 million

1998 1.24810 billion
   

Year Birth Rate Death Rate Natural Growth Rate Unit: per thousand

1995 17.12 6.57

1996 16.98 6.56 10.42

1997 16.57 6.51 10.06

1998 16.30 6.50 9.53

The year of 1998 saw19.91 million births, 8.07 million deaths of the population, with a net growth polulation of 11.84 million (compared with 12.37 million in 1997).

     China population is distributed unevenly with more in the east (more than 300 persons per square kilometer) and fewer in the west (about 40 persons per square kilometer. The national average density of population is 119 per square kilometer (1990 census). For basic urban population data, please visit "ChinaToday.com" Provinces and Cities page. The average size of household was 3.7 persons. The proportion of population aged at 0-14 was 26.4 percent, those aged 15-64 was 67.2 percent, and that of the people aged 65 and over was 6.4 percent. The Average Chinese Life-Span of the population was 70.8 years, that for male was 68.71, and female, 73.04.

(Some of the above data are based on the report from China National Statistics Bureau, FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY).