Population drops to 7.4m due to more deaths and outflow of 39,800

Hong Kong’s population dropped to 7.47 million at the end of last year, initial estimates by the government show.

This number represented a drop of 46,500 or 0.6 percent from 7.52 million at end-2019, the Census and Statistics Department, reported today.

The population decline at end-2020 comprised a natural drop (deaths surpassing births) and net outflow of Hong Kong residents (that is inflow, less than outflow). A natural drop of 6,700 was recorded for the first time in 2020, with 43,100 births and 49,800 deaths.

Meanwhile, a net outflow of 39,800 people was recorded in 2020, with an inflow of 10,100 One-way Permit holders and a net outflow of 49,900 other Hong Kong residents.

The population is measured on the definition of usual residents and mobile residents. Among the total population at end-2020, 7.40 million were usual residents and 73,200 were mobile residents.

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