China’s Permanent Urbanisation Rate Approaches 60% in 2018


China’s urbanisation rate closed in on 60% at the end of 2018.

As of the end of 2018 China’s permanent urbanised population was 59.58% according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on 15 August, for an increase of 48.94 percentage points compared to the end of 1949, and an average rise of 0.71 percentage points per year.

The registered household urbanised population was 43.37%, for a rise of 3.47 percentage points compared to 2015.

As of the end of 2018 China was host to 672 cities, as compared to 132 at the end of 1949.

In 1949 China’s urban population was 39.49 million, while as 2017 the registered population of China’s major cities was 483.56 million.