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Beijing’s Population Falls Further

By Tang Ziyi / Jan 23, 2019 05:36 PM / Society & Culture

In 2017, Beijing’s population declined for the first time in 20 years. New data show it fell even further last year.

The city’s permanent population — people who live there for more than six months — fell by 165,000 from 2017 to 2018, hitting 21.5 million, according to new data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

The fall from 2016 to 2017 was smaller — 22,000 people — but marked the first decline since 1997.

The capital has implemented strict measures to control its population — including evicting droves of migrant workers.

Related: Beijing’s Population: Better-Educated, Fewer Migrants, and Facing an Aging Crisis

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