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Baby boom keeps the city blooming

SHANGHAI will welcome 170,000 new-born babies this year who will help push the city's population to 19.1 million.

This year's permanent population in Shanghai will increase by 0.3 percent, or 220,000, from 18.88 million in 2008, the Shanghai Municipal Population and Family Planning Commission said yesterday.

From 2006 the city has been in the throes of a new baby boom. In 2006 the annual birth rate of the permanent population was 0.747 percent and 134,201 babies were born. In 2007 this climbed to 0.907 percent with 166,600 new babies.

The last baby boom was in the 1980s.

The permanent population of Shanghai is expected to be on the increase for some time.

There were 13.34 million residents in Shanghai in 1990 but by 2007 there were 18.58 million. The city's population has grown an average 300,000 every year for the past 17 years.


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