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China's Growing Wealth Gap

Wealth gap in China as it grows

China’'s Growing Wealth Gap

China’s rural-urban wealth gap was the widest last year since the nation launched its economic transformation three decades ago. The average income of urban dwellers nearly doubled between 2001 and 2005. City people are becoming more educated. By contrast, in rural areas, incomes have remained stagnant and schools have become more expensive. The average income in urban areas is 17,175 Yuan, or $2,500 U.S. In rural areas, the average income is 5,153 Yuan, or $755 U.S.

China is arguably experiencing the most rapid period of urbanization in the history of mankind. Around 300 million people are expected to migrate to the cities between 2005 and 2020.

In 1980 the Chinese rural population was about 800 million and the Chinese urban population was about 200 million. The total population was about 995 million. In 1982 the Chinese rural population was about 800 million and the urban population of China was about 205 million. In 1984 the rural population in China was about 80 million and the Chinese urban population was about 230 million. In 1986 the Chinese rural population was about 815 million and the urban population of China was about 240 million.

In 1988 the Chinese rural population was about 840 million and the Chinese urban population was about 290 million. In 1990 the Chinese rural population was about 880 million and the Chinese urban population was about 300 million. The total population was about 1.150 billion. In 1992 the rural population in China was about 885 million and the Chinese urban population was about 320 million. In 1994 the Chinese rural population was about 900 million and the urban population of China was about 325 million. In 1996 the Chinese rural population was about 870 million and the Chinese urban population was about 380 million.

In 1998 the Chinese rural population was about 805 million and the Chinese urban population was about 400 million. In 2000 the rural population in China was about 800 million and the urban population of China was about 420 million. The total population was about 1.225 billion. In 2002 the Chinese rural population was about 750 million and the Chinese urban population was about 490 million. In 2004 the Chinese rural population was about 720 million and the Chinese urban population was about 520 million. In 2006 the Chinese rural population was about 710 million and the urban population of China was about 590 million.

Chinese Province Populations Compared to Major Countries

Sichuan province has 107 million people, dwarfing Nigeria’s population of 96 million. Henan province with its 85 million people has a comparable population to Mexico with its population of 92 million. Hebei province has a population of 61 million, only slightly less than Iran’s 63 million. Shandong province has 84 million, more than Germany with its 81 million. Jiangsu province has 67 million people, the same population as the Philippines. Anhui province has 56 million people, almost as many as Italy with its 58 million. Hubei province has 54 million, only slightly less than Egypt with its 58 million. Hunan province has 61 million people, a comparable population to France’s 57 million.

There are 669 cities in China. More than 100 of them have a population of more than one million. In the United States, there are only nine cities with a population of more than one million.