Date
15 December 2017
Hong Hong's 2016 Population By-census has revealed several interesting aspects about the demographic composition of various districts. Image credit: HK Govt
Hong Hong's 2016 Population By-census has revealed several interesting aspects about the demographic composition of various districts. Image credit: HK Govt

Sha Tin, Kwun Tong lead in population rankings by district

Sha Tin has the highest population among all the 18 districts in Hong Kong, followed by Kwun Tong and Yuen Long, according to official government data.

The Census and Statistics Department said on Thursday, citing the 2016 Population By-census, that Sha Tin has 659,794 people living in the district, putting it at the top in population rankings.

Kwun Tong was in the second spot with 648,541 residents, while Yuen Long was in the No. 3 position with a population of 614,178.  

Sha Tin, Kwun Tong and Yuen Long together account for about one-fourth of Hong Kong’s total population, which stood at a little over 7.37 million at end-2016.

Islands District has the smallest population among the various districts, with a figure of 156,801.

The median age of the population living in Kwun Tong District Council On Lee was 55.5, the highest among all the District Council constituency areas, while the lowest was in Yuen Long District Council Tin Heng, at 33.9.

On Lee has the lowest labor force participation rate — 44.9 percent, while the highest is in Sham Shui Po District Council Lai Chi Kok Central, at 74 percent. 

Kowloon City has the largest proportion of people who used to live elsewhere prior to moving to the district. The census found out 16.8 percent of its residents aged five or above lived in another area of Hong Kong five years ago.

As for the district that had the smallest proportion in this regard, it was Tuen Mun, with only 7.2 percent of its residents living elsewhere earlier.

Among other things, the statistics revealed that the Central and Western district has the highest ratio in terms of unmarried residents, followed by Wan Chai and Wong Tai Sin.

All the three districts had the ratio at above 32 percent.

The survey showed that the median monthly household income of economically active households in the Central and Western District Council Peak topped all the others at HK$174,460, while that of Tuen Mun District Council Po Tin came in at the last place, with a figure of just HK$15,000.

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