Ur­ban­iza­tion slowed last year to 19.29 mil­lion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The pace of ur­ban­iza­tion in the world’s most pop­u­lous coun­try is slow­ing.

China added 19.29 mil­lion people to the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion in 2013, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data from the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics. That was lower than the 21.03 mil­lion new ur­ban res­i­dents seen in 2012.

From 2008 to 2013, the ur­ban­iza­tion rate of the coun­try climbed to 53.7 per­cent from 45.7 per­cent. But the an­nual gain was smaller each year. In 2010, there was a 3.35 per­cent­age point gain, the high­est an­nual in­crease. The gain dropped by 1.3 per­cent­age points in 2012 and then by an­other 1.16 per­cent­age points last year.

The de­cel­er­a­tion of ur­ban pop­u­la­tion growth is a chal­lenge for the coun­try’s am­bi­tious ur­ban­iza­tion plan, which is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in boost­ing con­sumer de­mand. (Photo 1)

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