Average Household Assets in Beijing and Shanghai Exceed USD$1 Million, Homeownership at 96%: Central Bank Report

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A new survey from the Chinese central bank highlights high levels of home ownership and household assets in urban parts of China.

A report from the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) survey and statistical department indicates that the average total household assets of Chinese urban residents is 3.179 million yuan (approx. USD$450,000).

Median household assets are 1.63 million yuan, for a disparity of 1.549 million compared with the average, pointing to a sizeable disparity in household asset levels.

When broken down by region eastern China has the highest average household assets at 4.61 million yuan. followed central China (2.635 million yuan), western China (2.076 million yuan) and north-eastern China (1.65 million yuan)

Average household assets in north-eastern China are the lowest, around just a third of the figure for eastern china.

The three province-level administrative units in China with the highest household assets are Beijing (8.928 million yuan), Shanghai (8.067 million yuan) and Jiangsu (5.069 million yuan), while the lowest are Xinjiang, Jilin and Gansu.

Real assets comprise the mainstay of urban household assets at nearly 70%, while financial assets comprise a share of around 20.4%.

According to PBOC China has a homeownership rate of nearly 96%, as compared to levels of around 60% for most developed economies, and a reading of 65.1% in the United States.

The PBOC survey was conducted in October 2019 and looked at over 30,000 households around 30 province-level administrative entities.

Average urban household assets by province (million yuan)

No.Provincial entityHousehold assets
1Beijing8.928
2Shanghai8.067
3Jiangsu5.069
4Zhejiang4.807
5Fujian4.183
6Guangdong3.998
7Tianjin3.618
8Hebei3.539
9Anhui3.140
10Shanxi3.020
11*2.856
12Hainan2.825
13Ningxia2.667
14Guizhou2.47
15Yunnan2.429
16Chongqing2.393
17Shanxi2.382
18Henan2.351
19 Hubei2.349
20Hunan2.294
21Jiangxi2.193
22Sichuan1.933
23Inner Mongolia1.904
24Guangxi1.817
25Shaanxi1.808
26Heilongjiang1.736
27Liaoning1.736
28Gansu1.716
29Jilin1.415
30Xinjiang1.275

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