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Shanghai's population heads to 22.5 million in 2020

07-07-2010 11:45 BJT Special Report:

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Shanghai's population will keep rising, reaching 21.4 million in 2015 and 22.5 million in 2020, officials from the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission said Tuesday.

As of last year, the city had 19.21 million residents, including the registered population and migrant people staying here for over six months.

However, for a city striving to become an international financial and shipping hub, the experts said, there was one disquieting statistic:

Shanghai has only 198,000 financial staffers, about 1 percent of the population.

That's a much lower figure than the 770,000 professionals, or 3.5 percent of residents, in New York. And lower, too, than the 350,000 professionals, or 5 percent of residents, in Hong Kong.

The city population is also characterized by an imbalance between old and young, Leng Xiliang, of the population commission's policy research department, told a population forum yesterday.

"A healthy structure should have similar percentage of the elderly and minors, and their total number should be no more than half of the total population," Leng said.

But local registered people aged 60 or older make up more than 22 percent of the population, while those aged 14 and younger in 2008 were only 8.4 percent of the population.

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