According to this morning’s Metro Express (时代报), officials at Shanghai’s Conference on Population and Family Planning declared yesterday that there were 18.15 million inhabitants of Shanghai at the end of 2006 — and that doesn’t include migrant workers. The figure is said to be 2.07 million more than 2000. By 2010, the population is expected to exceed 19 million.
We also learn that each year Shanghai’s population increases the size of a “mid-sized city” (the story doesn’t say what a mid-sized city in China is … but 2.07 million divided by six is 345,000 … and that sounds more like a small Chinese village to us). People age 60 or older account for 19.6% (2.66 million) of Shanghai’s registered residents, and that’s the country’s highest rate.
According to today’s Shanghai Daily, there were 5.81 million migrant workers living in Shanghai in 2005. So, the next time someone asks you what Shanghai’s population is, you can say, “Well over 20 million.” Or maybe just, “A lot.”
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