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Note on urbanization in China: Urban definitions and census data

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  • Qin, Bo
  • Zhang, Yu

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The first release of the Sixth National Population Census results in April 2011 revealed that mainland China had a total population of 1339.72 million, of which 665.58 million resided in urbanized areas. This suggested that the urbanization process had accelerated during the period 2000–2010, with an increase of the urbanization rate from 36.09% to 49.68%. However, due to the incomparability of the Censuses data, caution must be taken when urbanists investigate or model Chinese cities by such datasets. This research note summarizes and compares the shifting definitions of city (市,shi) and urban population (城市人口,chengshi renkou) statistics with an emphasis on the Sixth Census, and analyzes their implications for measuring and understanding the urbanization process in China.

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  • Qin, Bo & Zhang, Yu, 2014. "Note on urbanization in China: Urban definitions and census data," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 495-502.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:chieco:v:30:y:2014:i:c:p:495-502
    DOI: 10.1016/j.chieco.2014.07.008
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    1. Heyuan You, 2016. "Quantifying the coordinated degree of urbanization in Shanghai, China," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 1273-1283, May.
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    Keywords

    Urban definitions; Urban population statistics; The Sixth Census; Urbanization;

    JEL classification:

    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • P25 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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