Year-end Population for 2015
According to the statistics released by the Census and Statistics Department today (February 18), the provisional estimate of the Hong Kong Population was 7 324 300 at end-2015, representing an increase of 57 700 or 0.8% from 7 266 500 at end-2014 (Table 1).
Population increase comprises natural increase (i.e. births less deaths) and net movement of Hong Kong residents (i.e. inflow less outflow). The natural increase of the population from end-2014 to end-2015 amounted to 13 900, with 59 900 births and 46 000 deaths. Over the same period, there was a net movement of 43 800 persons, of which 38 300 were inflow of One-way Permit holders and 5 500 were net inflow of other Hong Kong residents.
The Hong Kong Population is measured on the definition of Resident Population, which comprises Usual Residents and Mobile Residents. Among the total population at end-2015, 7 095 100 (provisional) were Usual Residents and 229 200 (provisional) were Mobile Residents.
"Usual Residents" include two categories of people: (1) Hong Kong Permanent Residents who have stayed in Hong Kong for at least three months during the six months before or for at least three months during the six months after the reference time-point, regardless of whether they are in Hong Kong or not at the reference time-point; and (2) Hong Kong Non-permanent Residents who are in Hong Kong at the reference time-point.
"Mobile Residents" are Hong Kong Permanent Residents who have stayed in Hong Kong for at least one month but less than three months during the six months before or for at least one month but less than three months during the six months after the reference time-point, regardless of whether they are in Hong Kong or not at the reference time-point.
The revised figure for the mid-year population for 2015 was 7 305 700. The number of Usual Residents was revised to 7 086 300 and the number of Mobile Residents to 219 400. The population growth rate from mid-2014 to mid-2015 was also revised to 0.9%.
The population figures for recent years are shown in Table 2.
Under the current practice, the latest population figure is released on a provisional basis in each round. The revised figure will be released six months later. In other words, while the provisional population figure for end-2015 is released today, the corresponding revised figure will be released in August 2016.
Ends/Thursday, February 18, 2016
Issued at HKT 16:30