Thursday, April 28, 2011

After you, Japan

China census shows population aging rapidly
( Updated April 28, 2011 10:38 AM

BEIJING (AP) - China's latest census shows that the world's most populous country is aging rapidly, and half the people now live in cities.

Results of the census released Thursday showed that the number of people under the age of 14 accounted for 16.6 percent of the country's 1.34 billion people, down 6.3 percentage points from 10 years ago. The number of people over the age of 60 was now 13.3 percent, up nearly 3 percentage points.

The rapid aging has fueled worries that China will soon not be able to sustain its fast economic growth of the past three decades.

The census carried out late last year also showed that nearly 49.68 percent of the population lived in cities, up from about 36 percent in 2000.


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