Beijing, China Population

Population in Urban Area, now

20,157,752

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

11,716,620

Beijing Urban Area Population Graph

Beijing Population Review

Beijing is the second largest city in China with over 20 million people in the urban area. Since the 1950s, Beijing’s population has steadily increased from just over 1,600,000 people to the 20-odd million people who call it home today. The city‘s meteoric population growth shows no sign of stopping, with experts predicting that over 25 million people will live in the city’s urban area by 2034.

Located in northern China, Beijing officially has 16,801 square kilometres of land area. However, Beijing’s densely populated urban area has only 3,937 square kilometers, which makes finding room for all its residents challenging. This is made all the more difficult by Beijing’s outrageously priced homes, which are severely out of proportion with the income of the people who call it home. For example, an 80 square meter apartment is roughly US$310,000—that’s around ¥2,198,396 in Chinese Yuan.

One of the most densely populated in China

With only Shanghai outranking it, Beijing is one of the most densely populated cities in the China. Almost 6,000 people live per square kilometer in Beijing. For comparison, population density in the People’s Republic of China is only 150 people per square kilometer. That being said, Beijing and Shanghai both are under population controls implemented by the Chinese government in 2017, which has curtailed some of the city’s astronomical growth.

Only 1.5% of Chinese population

Beijing may be an intensely populated city by most of the world’s standards, but due to China’s sheer size and staggering population, Beijing barely makes a ripple. In fact, the entire population of Beijing only amounts to about 1.5% of China’s total population of 1.4 billion people. While Beijing may only be China’s second most populated city, experts predict that the growth of Chinese cities in general will continue to balloon as the country’s economic position strengthens. When Communism took force in 1949, only about 10% of China’s people lived in urban areas. Now, about 51% live in cities.

Interesting Facts about Beijing’s population

Almost 80% of Beijing’s population is working age. This is due mostly to Beijing’s position as an economic powerhouse. It is believed that Beijing has been inhabited by modern humans for 27,000 years, and it is considered one of the oldest cities in the world with a rich history dating back 3,000 years. China’s gender imbalance is one of the worst in the world, which means that Valentine’s Day is quite lonely for many men in Beijing. In fact, men outnumber women by some 70 million in China.

Review Updated: September 26, 2019
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Beijing Urban Area Population History

1950 1,671,000
1951 1,791,000
1952 1,920,000
1953 2,058,000
1954 2,206,000
1955 2,365,000
1956 2,535,000
1957 2,717,000
1958 2,912,000
1959 3,284,000
1960 3,900,000
1961 4,249,000
1962 4,246,000
1963 4,244,000
1964 4,242,000
1965 4,582,000
1966 4,724,000
1967 4,648,000
1968 4,573,000
1969 4,499,000
1970 4,426,000
1971 4,437,000
1972 4,531,000
1973 4,628,000
1974 4,727,000
1975 4,828,000
1976 4,931,000
1977 5,036,000
1978 5,144,000
1979 5,254,000
1980 5,366,000
1981 5,481,000
1982 5,598,000
1983 5,734,000
1984 5,874,000
1985 6,017,000
1986 6,164,000
1987 6,315,000
1988 6,469,000
1989 6,626,000
1990 6,788,000
1991 7,076,000
1992 7,376,000
1993 7,689,000
1994 8,015,000
1995 8,355,000
1996 8,710,000
1997 9,079,000
1998 9,464,000
1999 9,866,000
2000 10,285,000
2001 10,760,000
2002 11,279,000
2003 11,823,000
2004 12,394,000
2005 12,991,000
2006 13,618,000
2007 14,275,000
2008 14,964,000
2009 15,685,000
2010 16,441,000
2011 16,938,000
2012 17,298,000
2013 17,664,000
2014 18,039,000
2015 18,421,000
2016 18,812,000
2017 19,211,000
2018 19,618,000
2019 20,035,000

Beijing Urban Area Population Projections

2020 20,463,000
2021 20,897,000
2022 21,333,000
2023 21,766,000
2024 22,189,000
2025 22,596,000
2026 22,983,000
2027 23,347,000
2028 23,684,000
2029 23,996,000
2030 24,282,000
2031 24,543,000
2032 24,781,000
2033 24,997,000
2034 25,192,000
2035 25,366,000

Map of Beijing, China

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