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City’s senior population rises 5.5%

The city’s senior population increased 5.5 percent in 2013 from a year earlier and accounted for 27 percent of permanent residents, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said today.

The population of people aged 60 or above reached 3.87 million by the end of last year, the bureau said.

The city experienced a population boom in the mid and late 1950s, which explains the rapid rise in the senior population, bureau officials said.

The bureau said there were 1,407 centenarians, 1,051 of whom were women, in the city as of the end of December. The Pudong New Area and Xuhui and Huangpu districts boasted the largest number of centenarians.

Jing'an District, Chongming County and Hongkou District had the largest percentage of people over 60, according to a bureau report.

Fifty-two percent of the city’s seniors were women, it said.

The city's life expectancy was 82.5 years in 2013, up 0.06 compared to 2012. Life expectancy for women was 84.8 years and 80.2 for men, the report said.


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