Population density in China 2017

Population density in China from 2007 to 2017 (inhabitants per square kilometer)

by Shu Han, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Population density in China 2017 In 2017, 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 population has increased. Although China is the most populous country in the world, its overall population density ranks only 81st among all countries.
Uneven population distribution

China is one of the largest countries in terms of land area, and its density figures vary dramatically from region to region. Overall, the coastal regions in the Southeast have the highest population densities, as they belong to the more economically developed regions of the country. These southern coastal regions also have a high urbanization rate. On the contrary, the northern 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.
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Population density in China from 2007 to 2017 (inhabitants per square kilometer)

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