China’s population falls for the first time since 1961

For the first time in 60 years, China’s population has decreased, with the national birth rate reaching a record low of 6.77 births per 1,000 people.

According to the BBC, the population fell by 850,000 from 2021 to 1.4118 billion in 2022.

For years, China’s birth rate has been declining, prompting policy changes to try to slow the trend.

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But seven years after scrapping the one-child policy, it has entered what one official described as an “era of negative population growth.”

According to reports on Tuesday, the birth rate in 2022 was also down from 7.52 in 2021, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published today.

In comparison, in 2021, the United States recorded 11.06 births per 1,000 people, and in the United Kingdom, 10.08 births.

Also, the birth rate for the same year in India, which is postulated to overtake China as the world’s most populous country, was 16.42.

Deaths also outnumbered births for the first time last year in China as the world’s most populous country logged its highest death rate since 1976 – 7.37 deaths per 1,000 people, up from 7.18 the previous year.

Results from a once-a-decade census announced in 2021 showed China’s population growing at its slowest pace in decades.


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