Population of major cities in China 2021

Estimated population of first and new first tier cities in China in 2021, by city

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May 2018


Asia, China

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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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