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Population in first and new first tier cities in China 2019, by city

This statistic depicts the estimated population figures in urban areas of first and new first tier cities of China as of 2019, by city. In 2019, there were around 26.3 million people living in Shanghai. Shanghai was the largest city in China in 2019, followed by Beijing with 20 million inhabitants.

Estimated population in first and new first tier cities in China in 2019, by city

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Source

Release date

May 2018

Region

Asia, China

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

The methodology for accounting city population in China applied by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) varies from the administrative method generally applied by the National Bureau of Statistics of China. The UN DESA defines its calculation method by counting "population in all city districts meeting the criteria such as contiguous built-up areas, being the location of the local government, being a street or having a resident committee." In contrast, the National Bureau of Statistics of China normally counts all people living in the administrative units under the city in question as population of that city, even though some districts might be located in distant outskirts not closely connected to the city.

The selection of cities follows the definition of first and new first tier cities by Yicai Media Group.

Values have been rounded.

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