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2nd Revision

Introduction

 
Data - Population
Cumulative Distribution of China's Land Area and Population Density
Cumulative
land area
Cumulative
population
Cumulative percent
of land
Cumulative percent
of population
Average population
density
47,297 114,837 0.5 10 2,428
170,445 230,247 1.8 20 1,351
336,812 346,163 3.5 30 1,028
534,411 460,545 5.6 40 862
778,021 576,063 8.2 50 740
1,078,453 691,192 11.3 60 641
1,486,455 806,126 15.6 70 542
2,070,090 921,771 21.7 80 445
2,927,574 1,036,728 30.7 90 354
9,543,280 1,152,355 100.0 100 121
Note: Due to missing data in some counties and city districts, the cumulative land area reported here is less than the total land area of China.
Source: Heilig, G.K. (1997): Anthropogenic Factors in Land-use Change in China. In: Population and Development Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 139-168
The table should be read as follows: Nearly 115 million people (or 10 percent of the population) live in an area of only 47,000 km2. This is just 0.5 percent of the total landmass of China. The average population density in these most densely populated counties and cities is 2,428 people per km2. Fifty percent of the Chinese population lives in an area of 778,000 km2, which represents only about 8.2 percent of the total land. These areas have an average population density of 740 persons per km2.
Roughly one billion Chinese (or more than 90 percent of the population) live in only a little more than 30 percent of the country’s land area. The population density of this area is 354 persons per km2. See also the table on Population by Precipitation Zones.
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Revision 2.0 (First revision published in 1999)  - Copyright 2011 by Gerhard K. Heilig. All rights reserved. (First revision: Copyright 1999 by IIASA.)