2007 Statistic Bulletin of City, Town and Village Construction Released
China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction lately released the 2007 Statistic Bulletin of City, Town and Village Construction, stating that by the end of 2007, there were 655 cities in China which held a permanent resident population of 340 million, a transient resident population of 35 million, and a built-up area of 35 thousand km2 in the unban districts, apart from 1,635 counties. According to the statistics of 1,617 counties, 13 special regions, and 141 division and regiment stations of Xinjiang production and construction corps, the prefectural towns held a permanent resident population of 116 million, a transient resident population of 10 million, and a built-up area of 14 thousand km2. In the same year, there were 19,249 established towns and 15,120 rural towns in the country. In line with the statistics of 16,711 established towns, 14,168 rural towns, 672 farms, and 2,647 thousand villages (among which 571.6 thousand are the seat of village committee), a registered resident population of 930 million was accommodated in the towns and villages, among which 131.1 million were in the built-up areas of the established towns, which accounts for 14.1% of the total population in towns and villages; 33.6 million in the built-up area of the rural towns, which occupies 3.6% of the total; 2.7 million in the built-up area of the farms, which makes up 0.3% of the total; and 762.6 million in the villages, which is 82% of the total. Meanwhile, The built-up area of the established towns was 28.4 thousand km2, with an average of 170 ha for each and a population density of 5,459/km2; that of the rural towns was 76 thousand km2, with an average of 54 ha for each and a population density of 4,768/km2; that of farms was 827 km2, with the average of 123 ha for each and a population density of 3,596/km2.