China: Population density

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 China

Population density, people per square km

 Latest value 150
 Year 2021
 Measure people per square km
 Data availability 1961 - 2021
 Average 118
 Min - Max 70 - 150
 Source Food and Agriculture Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for China from 1961 to 2021. The average value for China during that period was 118 people per square km with a minimum of 70 people per square km in 1961 and a maximum of 150 people per square km in 2019. The latest value from 2021 is 150 people per square km. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 196 countries is 456 people per square km. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
China - Population density - Recent values chart

Historical chart
China - Population density - historical chart - 1961-2021




Definition: Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 1,412.17 2022 million
 Percent urban population 63.56 2022 percent
 Population density 150 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 14.27 2023 percent
 Percent children 16.79 2023 percent
 Percent female population 48.99 2023 percent
 Rural population, percent 35.43 2023 percent
 Age dependency ratio 44.86 2022 percent
 Refugee population 320 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 0 2015 percent
 Population growth -0.01 2022 percent
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