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Census finds 23 million people in Shanghai

Shanghai's registered population has reached 23 million people according to the latest national census conducted in November last year. The figure includes 9 million migrant people, population expert Ding Jinhong said today.

Ding told the annual session of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference that the city has had an annual increase of 660,000 people since 2005. Population density has grown by about 1,000 people per square kilometer in the past decade.

The result of the national census will be officially announced late this year.

Ding, director of East China Normal University's School of Social Development, said Shanghai is facing a huge challenge brought by the influx of migrants and the city government must put population management on its agenda in the 12th Five-Year Plan, which starts this year.

He estimated that of the 9 million migrants, about 2 million were visitors who happened to be in Shanghai during the census and 7 million had lived here for over six months. Therefore the city has about 21 million residents, including 14 million permanent residents and 7 million migrants.


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