China Rural Population 1960-2022

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • China rural population for 2021 was 529,465,517, a 2.72% decline from 2020.
  • China rural population for 2020 was 544,289,492, a 2.59% decline from 2019.
  • China rural population for 2019 was 558,762,145, a 2.48% decline from 2018.
  • China rural population for 2018 was 572,999,405, a 2.38% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
China 529,465,517
Russia 35,956,189
Thailand 33,462,385
Brazil 27,140,788
Mexico 24,728,980
Iran 20,113,553
Turkey 19,926,363
South Africa 19,305,303
Iraq 11,893,008
Algeria 11,483,873
Colombia 9,361,143
Romania 8,730,078
Guatemala 8,170,759
Kazakhstan 8,015,101
Malaysia 7,310,403
Peru 7,172,274
Ecuador 6,375,273
Azerbaijan 4,385,166
Venezuela 3,351,303
Serbia 2,966,839
Turkmenistan 2,875,551
Paraguay 2,707,654
Cuba 2,569,977
Belarus 1,876,469
Dominican Republic 1,838,800
Bulgaria 1,654,065
Bosnia 1,650,494
Libya 1,322,540
Jamaica 1,288,936
Namibia 1,215,922
Armenia 1,085,415
Albania 1,041,188
Costa Rica 954,579
Jordan 859,928
North Macedonia 851,107
Mauritius 749,824
Lebanon 738,311
Botswana 681,775
Guyana 577,754
Equatorial Guinea 383,337
Fiji 381,565
Maldives 320,181
Gabon 218,243
Belize 217,840
Suriname 199,915
Montenegro 199,534
Samoa 164,634
St. Lucia 149,475
Tonga 82,093
Grenada 71,545
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 51,793
Dominica 20,645
Marshall Islands 13,019
American Samoa 7,070
Tuvalu 4,199
Nauru 0
China Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 529,465,517 37.49 -2.76%
2020 544,289,492 38.57 -2.62%
2019 558,762,145 39.69 -2.52%
2018 572,999,405 40.85 -2.41%
2017 586,968,786 42.04 -2.26%
2016 600,413,466 43.26 -2.24%
2015 614,037,700 44.50 -2.17%
2014 627,502,483 45.74 -2.06%
2013 640,545,579 46.99 -1.96%
2012 653,193,546 48.24 -1.89%
2011 665,644,371 49.49 -2.02%
2010 679,206,337 50.77 -2.13%
2009 693,852,712 52.12 -2.04%
2008 708,173,810 53.46 -1.96%
2007 722,214,159 54.80 -1.88%
2006 735,901,746 56.13 -1.81%
2005 749,352,182 57.48 -1.78%
2004 762,817,902 58.86 -1.70%
2003 775,926,016 60.22 -1.60%
2002 788,406,300 61.58 -1.47%
2001 800,082,679 62.91 -1.19%
2000 809,645,853 64.12 -0.78%
1999 815,968,942 65.14 -0.65%
1998 821,328,874 66.13 -0.52%
1997 825,589,438 67.12 -0.41%
1996 828,956,742 68.08 -0.34%
1995 831,819,843 69.04 -0.26%
1994 833,998,460 69.98 -0.18%
1993 835,478,607 70.90 -0.12%
1992 836,448,460 71.80 -0.00%
1991 836,478,966 72.69 0.17%
1990 835,019,382 73.56 0.47%
1989 831,145,763 74.30 0.56%
1988 826,508,924 75.03 0.66%
1987 821,058,949 75.74 0.68%
1986 815,464,944 76.44 0.60%
1985 810,625,110 77.13 0.50%
1984 806,618,745 77.80 0.47%
1983 802,837,860 78.46 0.63%
1982 797,806,157 79.10 0.49%
1981 793,935,216 79.88 0.33%
1980 791,287,529 80.64 0.34%
1979 788,605,339 81.38 0.46%
1978 785,011,465 82.10 0.88%
1977 778,161,684 82.48 1.29%
1976 768,187,399 82.54 1.47%
1975 756,942,270 82.60 1.64%
1974 744,661,478 82.71 1.94%
1973 730,387,430 82.82 2.28%
1972 713,898,765 82.82 2.59%
1971 695,661,123 82.71 2.88%
1970 675,928,190 82.60 2.92%
1969 656,497,738 82.47 2.90%
1968 637,762,514 82.34 2.77%
1967 620,353,282 82.22 2.73%
1966 603,653,090 82.09 3.00%
1965 585,836,641 81.91 2.64%
1964 570,563,019 81.70 1.66%
1963 561,172,774 82.24 1.81%
1962 551,084,460 82.77 0.20%
1961 550,002,064 83.29 -1.62%
1960 558,984,648 83.80 %