|Current male population (51.9%)|
|Current female population (48.1%)|
|Births this year|
|Deaths this year|
|Net migration this year|
|Net migration today|
|Population growth this year|
|Population growth today|
|Current population (as of Monday, December 10 2018)|
|9,598,089 km2 (3,705,843 mi2)|
|146.0 per km2 (378.0 people/mi2)|
|1.08 (727,308,589 men to 673,564,850 women)|
|74.7 years (72.7 - men, 76.9 - women)|
(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
During 2018 China population is projected to increased by 7,193,567 people and reach 1,401,295,763 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 7,569,975. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 376,408 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave China to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).
According to our estimations, daily change rates of China population in 2018 will be the following:
As of 1 January 2018, the population of China was estimated to be 1,394,102,196 people. This is an increase of 0.52 % (7,156,639 people) compared to population of 1,386,945,557 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 7,531,114. Due to external migration, the population declined by 374,475. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.080 (1,080 males per 1 000 females) which is higher than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2017.
Below are the key figures for China population in 2017:
China population density is 145.2 people per square kilometer (376.2/mi2) as of December 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of China divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of China. The total area of China is 9,598,089 km2 (3,705,843 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .
With almost 9.6 millions km2 (3.7 millions sq.miles) of total surface area, China is the 4th largest country in the world after Russia, Canada and The United States of America. The population density of China is 4 times higher than The United States has with almost the same area. Despite the fact that China is the most populated country in the world, the density of its population is comparable with population densities of many Western Europe countries. For example, the United Kingdom population density is even twice higher compared to China.
There are 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China. The Han Chinese people are the largest ethnic group according to the 2010 Census (91.51% of the total population). Today it is about 1,281,928,979 persons. Ethnic minorities constitute 8.49% or 118,933,199 assuming same share as in 2010.
More than a half (52.2%) of the population in China do not identify themselves with any particular religion. China is the most concentrated place of religiously unaffiliated in the world - about 62% of world unaffiliated population. Another 21.9% are followers of the Chinese folk religion or Chinese popular religion, which includes Confucianism and Taoism (Daoism). About 18.2% are Buddhists, 5.1% are Christians, 1.8% are Muslims and 0.7% adhere to other religious organisations.
|Religion / Philosophy||Number of followers||Percentage of total population|
|Religiously Unaffiliated||731,250,057||52.2 %|
|Chinese folk religion||306,788,817||21.9 %|
The graph shows change of "Urbanization Ratio" - Urban population vs Rural population over last 55 years.
As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates China had the following population age distribution:
|- percentage of population under 15|
|- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old|
|- percentage of population 65+|
In absolute figures (estimate):
We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.
Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.
As we can see the China population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.
Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.
This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.
The total dependency ratio of population in China is 35.9 %.
The value of 35.9 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in China must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in China is relatively low.
Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.
Child dependency ratio in China is 23.9 %.
Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.
Aged dependency ratio in China is 12 %.
Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.
Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for China is 74.7 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).
Male life expectancy at birth is 72.7 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 76.9 years.
According to our estimates 1,107,123,342 persons or 96.36% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in China are able to read and write. Accordingly about 41,798,100 adults are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult male population is 98.17% (575,548,851 persons). 10,740,827 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 94.48% (531,574,491 persons). 31,057,273 are illiterate.
Youth literacy rates are 99.74% and 99.71% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.73%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).