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Population, An Impossible Head Count
   2015-09-29 09:40:02    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu Ranran

 

China is the most populous country in the world. As of August 2015, its population had reached 1.4 billion, accounting for 20 percent of the world¡¯s total. The United States, has a much smaller population of 323 million. Six Chinese cities boast a population that exceeds 10 million, and Shanghai takes the crown with 23 million.

The city of New York, the most populous in America, has a meager 8.5 million. Although there are 56 different ethnic groups in China, 91.5 percent of the population are Han Chinese. Only one other group - the Zhuang - has a larger than 1 percent share. Today, China is considered a middle-income country, and its rapid growth over the decades has pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. About 10 percent of the population live on one US dollar a day, compared to 64 percent just 35 years ago.

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