Jan 17, 2015 at 08:03 AM
The rapid growth of China has gone hand in hand with a rapid growth in the population of the country. This growth is an opportunity for more and more multinationals to set up business in Beijing and elsewhere. With the opening of the economy after globalisation in recent years, more and more expats are also settling here for work. Business travellers and Western tourists have also multiplied in recent years. More so, after the 29 th Summer Olympics of 2008. The current population of Beijing as of 2010, as reported by the official Chinese Government statistics agency, was 19,612,368. Along with the greater China population, the population of Beijing has also been growing at breakneck speed. In the 10 years between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the number of people living in the city grew by 44% - from 13,569,194 in 2000 to 19,612,368 in 2010. Although this last ten years has seen, by far, the most rapid growth seen in the city's modern history, the city has been consistently growing at speed - the average growth rate since the 1960s has been around 20% per decade. Recent figures released by Beijing’s municipal bureau of statistics show that the capital’s population grew by almost half a million residents in 2013 to 21.15 million. To put that in perspective, that’s only slightly less than the entire population of Australia. The figures were based on a survey the bureau conducted, which also found that the city is home to more than 8 million migrants, who make up about 40% of the population. The rest of the city’s population, the bureau found, were hukou-toting residents—that is, those with official household registration papers entitling them to benefits like education and health care. People from neighbouring provinces are also streaming into Beijing constantly. Thus the size of floating population in Beijing at any time is huge. This puts a lot of pressure on all the semantics of the city. The rising population poses new problems like rise in prices, pollution, traffic jams, and many more. Thankfully, crime rate in China is lesser than many other world capitals.