Mid-year Population for 2013
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     According to the statistics released by the Census and Statistics Department today (August 13), the provisional estimate of the Hong Kong Population was 7 184 000 at mid-2013, representing an increase of 29 400 or 0.4% from 7 154 600 in mid-2012 (Table 1) .

     Obtained by subtracting the number of deaths of 41 000 from the number of births of 74 400, the natural increase of the population from mid-2012 to mid-2013 amounted to 33 400.  Over the same period, there was a net movement (i.e. inflow less outflow)  of -4 000 Hong Kong residents.

     Births and inflow of One-way Permit holders (OWPHs) were important constituents of the overall population increase.  The number of births, which comprised births born to Hong Kong residents and non-Hong Kong residents, from mid-2012 to mid-2013 was 74 400 and its ratio to the overall population increase was 253%.  As for the inflow of OWPHs in the same period, the ratio of the number, at 47 900, to the overall population increase was 163%.

     Deaths during the period offset part of the increase.  The ratio of the number of deaths, at 41 000, to the overall population increase was 139%.  Besides, if OWPHs were excluded, there was a net outflow of 51 900 persons, bearing a ratio of 177% to the overall population increase.

     The Hong Kong Population is measured on the definition of Resident Population, which comprises Usual Residents and Mobile Residents.  Among the total population at mid-2013, 6 972 700 (provisional) were Usual Residents and  211 300 (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 year-end population for 2012 was 7 177 900.  The number of Usual Residents was revised to 6 956 600 and the number of Mobile Residents to 221 300.  The population growth rate from end-2011 to end-2012 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 mid-2013 is released today, the corresponding revised figure will be released in February 2014.

Ends/Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:30

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