Population of China 2021
As of 2021, the latest population of China is 1,394,015,977, based on AllCityPopulation calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).
|Population growth rate||0.32%|
|Birth rate||12.30 births per 1,000 people|
|65 years and above||11.27%|
|Median age||36.80 years|
|Gender ratio (Male to Female)||1.06|
|Population density||145.26 residents per km²|
|56 “nationalities”: 91.6% Han Chinese, 1.3% Zhuang, 0.8% Hui, 0.8% Manchu, 0.8% Uyghur, 0.7% Miao, 8.4% other: Mongols, Koreans, Kazakhs, Tibetans|
|Popular religions 20.1%; Buddhists 6%; Muslims 4.2%; Christians 0.2% others 0.1%; Non-denominational 71.2% [grade: officially atheist]|
|Human Development Index (HDI)||0.758|
|HDI ranking||85th out of 194|
People in China
The most populated country in the world
Most of the people on earth live in China. It now has 1.4 billion residents. Every fifth person on earth lives in China. Only India comes close with its population, because around 1.1 billion people live there. China is the country with the highest population in the world. By the way, in 1953 it was less than half. The population in China has actually doubled within a few decades. And it will continue to grow.
A growing population
But while we in Germany would be happy about an increasing population, the Chinese are not at all happy about this growth. The so-called “one-child policy” has existed since 1979. This means that the communist government stipulated that the Chinese could only have one child per family. That worked quite well in the cities. In the country, however, it was not so easy to enforce this regulation, which intrudes deeply into people’s private lives. Here people are allowed to have two children per family. Even if the strong growth of the population was slowed down, there are also many negative consequences of this policy for China (compare everyday life: Consequences of the one-child policy in China). These regulations have now been relaxed. Couples can have two children if they have government permission. There are now Chinese families who want a third child. They often have to pay a heavy fine and run the risk of losing their jobs. Forecasts assume that the Chinese population will continue to grow until 2030 and then the population will decline.
The Han Chinese
Most of the Chinese belong to the so-called Han Chinese. 90 out of 100 Chinese belong to the Han population, as it is often abbreviated. The Han Chinese were established after a 3rd century BC dynasty. Named BC.
There are also 55 other nationalities that are officially recognized. The largest group is that of the Zhuang. These belong to the Thai people and live mainly in the autonomous region of Guangxi. The Hui and Uighurs who live in the Tibet Autonomous Region are other larger populations. Other minorities include the Mongols, Kazakhs, Yi and Miao. There are also 20 additional groups that are not recognized, including the Sherpa, for example, who live in eastern Nepal, but also in the mountainous regions of China, and often work as load carriers for mountaineers.
Where do people live in China?
Most of the people live in the fertile east of the country. The longest river in China also flows here. People farm on the banks. Only ten out of 100 Chinese live in the west with the Himalayan mountains, in the great deserts in the east and the hard-to-reach regions. However, most of the minorities also live here. Many of these strive for independence, as in Tibet or Xinjiang. The provinces in the west are the poorest and so are the people who live there.
In China, too, there is so-called urbanization, which means that more and more people are moving from the countryside to the city. That’s why the Chinese cities are growing pretty fast. Since 2011, more than half of the Chinese have lived in cities and the number is increasing. This is quite problematic for the environment. But because many people cannot find work in rural areas, they move away. One billion Chinese people are expected to live in cities by 2025.
Languages in China
Since China is home to most of the world’s people, Standard Chinese is the most widely spoken mother tongue in the world. Standard Chinese is also the official language in China. By that we mean mandarin. But since China is huge and so many different population groups live there, there are also many different dialects in the individual regions of the country. Germany is much smaller, but here, too, a person from Munich sometimes has a hard time understanding a hamburger and vice versa. Whereby one should correctly differentiate between different languages rather than dialects in China. In the south they speak Cantonese, which is like a language of its own and is spoken by many millions of people.
Religions in China
The Chinese constitution now guarantees the right to exercise one’s religion freely again. But the communist government tries to keep the influence of religions on the population as low as possible. Religion and state are strictly separated from each other. Most Chinese are officially without religion, which is then called non-denominational. But there are many people in China who are followers of Confucianism, Daoism or Buddhismare. Most religious Chinese are Buddhists. In China, religion is often mixed with philosophy. Sometimes the religions also mix. So a Christian can also visit a Buddhist temple. This is not unusual in China.