China Daily Global Weekly
The population of China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region increased by 18.52 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to census data the regional statistics bureau released on June 14.
The region’s permanent population reached 25.85 million by October 2020, 4.04 million more people than in China’s sixth census in 2010.
Xinjiang’s population growth was 13.14 percentage points higher than the national average over the past decade.
The Han ethnic group accounts for 42.24 percent of the autonomous region’s total permanent population. The Uygur ethnic group stands as the majority, with 44.96 percent of the overall population.
The Uygur population increased by 16.2 percent from a decade ago to more than 11.62 million.
Over the decade, Xinjiang people’s education levels have been considerably improved, and population mobility and the urbanization development level have grown, the statistics bureau noted.