Population density in China 2018

In 2018, the estimated population density of China was around 148 people per square kilometer. This value has slightly increased over the past several years as the total population has increased. Although China is the most populous country in the world, its overall population density is not higher than the average population density in Asia.

Uneven population distribution

China is one of the largest countries in terms of land area, and its population density figures vary dramatically from region to region. Overall, the coastal regions in the East and Southeast have the highest population densities, as they belong to the more economically developed regions of the country. These coastal regions also have a higher urbanization rate. On the contrary, the regions in the West are covered with mountain landscapes which are not suitable for the development of big cities.

Populous cities in China

Several Chinese cities rank among the most populous cities in the world. According to estimates, Beijing and Shanghai will rank among the top ten megacities in the world by 2030. Both cities are also the largest Chinese cities in terms of land area. The previous colonial regions, Macao and Hong Kong, are two of the most densely populated cities in the world.

Population density in China from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Values have been rounded.
The source doesn't provide a publishing date. The date given is the date of data access.

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