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.