China Rural Population 1960-2021

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 2020 was 540,822,641, a 2.52% decline from 2019.
  • China rural population for 2019 was 554,781,038, a 2.48% decline from 2018.
  • China rural population for 2018 was 568,902,350, a 2.39% decline from 2017.
  • China rural population for 2017 was 582,840,458, a 2.28% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
China 540,822,641
Russia 36,380,516
Thailand 33,901,849
Brazil 27,477,555
Mexico 24,844,052
Iran 20,264,140
Turkey 20,152,820
South Africa 19,361,915
Iraq 11,707,564
Algeria 11,518,353
Colombia 9,451,496
Romania 8,834,202
Guatemala 8,119,648
Kazakhstan 7,938,567
Malaysia 7,392,394
Peru 7,155,880
Ecuador 6,322,214
Azerbaijan 4,408,314
Venezuela 3,332,977
Serbia 3,008,808
Turkmenistan 2,863,849
Paraguay 2,697,309
Cuba 2,583,148
Belarus 1,928,364
Dominican Republic 1,894,044
Bulgaria 1,684,301
Bosnia 1,672,559
Libya 1,326,777
Jamaica 1,293,702
Namibia 1,218,801
Armenia 1,087,122
Albania 1,075,164
Costa Rica 979,547
Jordan 875,633
North Macedonia 864,978
Lebanon 755,918
Mauritius 749,824
Botswana 684,864
Guyana 575,871
Fiji 383,257
Equatorial Guinea 377,403
Maldives 320,709
Gabon 220,525
Belize 214,616
Montenegro 202,133
Suriname 198,581
Samoa 162,916
St. Lucia 149,031
Tonga 81,282
Grenada 71,408
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 52,110
Dominica 20,813
Marshall Islands 13,145
American Samoa 7,091
Tuvalu 4,243
Nauru 0
China Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2020 540,822,641 38.57 -2.55%
2019 554,781,038 39.69 -2.51%
2018 568,902,350 40.85 -2.42%
2017 582,840,458 42.04 -2.31%
2016 596,465,626 43.26 -2.28%
2015 610,192,900 44.50 -2.24%
2014 624,030,741 45.74 -2.18%
2013 637,792,141 46.99 -2.13%
2012 651,507,733 48.24 -2.08%
2011 665,196,496 49.49 -2.08%
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 %