China’s Urban Dwellers to Exceed Rural Population
From the Washington Post:
China’s urban population is expected to surpass 700 million in the next five years, exceeding the number of rural dwellers for the first time, the country’s top population policy official was cited as saying in a report Sunday.
The shift has major implications for the government at a time when Chinese cities are already struggling to cope with overcrowding, overloaded infrastructure and a widening rich-poor gap.
Li Bin, director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, also said the country’s population – already the world’s largest at 1.3 billion – is expected to reach 1.4 billion in 2015, the China Daily newspaper reported. It will include 200 million people over the age of 60, he said.
China was traditionally an agrarian society, but a booming economy driven by industrial growth over the past three decades has drawn millions of young workers to coastal cities in search of factory jobs and opportunities.