Usual Language
1991
1996
2001
Number
% of total
Number
% of total
Number
% of total
Cantonese
4 583 322
88.7
5 196 240
88.7
5 726 972
89.2
Putonghua
57 577
1.1
65 892
1.1
55 410
0.9
Other Chinese Dialects
364 694
7.0
340 222
5.8
352 562
5.5
English
114 084
2.2
184 308
3.1
203 598
3.2
Others
49 232
1.0
73 879
1.3
79 197
1.2
Total
5 168 909
100.0
5 860 541
100.0
6 417 739
100.0

Note :

(1)

The figures exclude mute persons.

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Concepts and Definitions for the 2001 Population Census