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Top 10 Chinese regions by permanent resident population Updated: 2023-05-10

Of the 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions that have released their permanent resident population for last year, South China's Guangdong province has taken the top spot in the ranking with 126.57 million, reported.

East China's Shandong province ranked second with 101.63 million, followed by Henan province (98.72 million) and Jiangsu province (85.15 million)

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed China's overall population fell by 850,000 year-on-year to 1.41 billion in 2022, the first decline in more than six decades. Despite this, 18 provincial-level regions still registered positive growth in permanent resident population, the report said.

Let's take a look at the top 10 Chinese regions by permanent resident population.


No 10 Hubei province

Cars drive on a bridge in Wuhan, Hubei province, Sept 26, 2022. [Photo/VCG]


No 9 Anhui province

An aerial view of the Hefei National High-Tech Industry Development Zone in Hefei, Anhui province. [CHEN RENLEI/FOR CHINA DAILY]


No 8 Zhejiang province

A girl rides bike at a park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Oct 23, 2022. [Photo/VCG]


No 7 Hunan province

Visitors tour downtown Changsha, Hunan province, after sunset. [Photo/Xinhua]


No 6 Hebei province

A Fuxing high-speed train arrives at Xiong'an Railway Station in Xiong'an New Area in Hebei province on Dec 22, 2020. [SUN LIJUN/FOR CHINA DAILY]


No 5 Sichuan province

Two baby pandas are seen at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan province on Dec 29, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]


No 4 Jiangsu province

Customers taste local food at a restaurant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Jan 24. [LIU JIANHUA/FOR CHINA DAILY]


No 3 Henan province

Tourists throng Cross Street in Luoyang, Henan province, to experience the charm of the ancient capital that was decked up for the Spring Festival holiday on Jan 26. [PHOTO by ZHANG YIXI/FOR CHINA DAILY]


No 2 Shandong province

Baotu Spring in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province, starts spewing water again on July 30, 2021. [Photo/VCG]


No 1 Guangdong province

A view of Canton Tower in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. [Photo/VCG]