Mid-year Population for 2016
Mid-year Population for 2016
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     According to the statistics released by the Census and Statistics Department today (August 11), the provisional estimate of the Hong Kong Population was 7 346 700 at mid-2016, representing an increase of 41 000 or 0.6% from 7 305 700 at mid-2015 (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 mid-2015 to mid-2016 amounted to 13 200, with 59 800 births and 46 600 deaths. Over the same period, there was a net movement of 27 800 persons, of which 46 700 were inflow of One-way Permit holders and 18 900 were net outflow 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 mid-2016, 7 131 300 (provisional) were Usual Residents and  215 400 (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 2015 was 7 324 800. The number of Usual Residents was revised to 7 094 900 and the number of Mobile Residents to 229 900. The population growth rate from end-2014 to end-2015 remained at 0.8%.

     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-2016 is released today, the corresponding revised figure will be released in February 2017.
 
Ends/Thursday, August 11, 2016
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