Date
22 October 2019
The number of people living the New Territories and Kowloon is projected to rise while the population of Hong Kong Island will decline by 2028. Photo: HKEJ
The number of people living the New Territories and Kowloon is projected to rise while the population of Hong Kong Island will decline by 2028. Photo: HKEJ

New Territories population seen swelling to 4.36 million by 2028

The number of people living in the New Territories and Kowloon will increase while the population on Hong Kong Island will decrease over the next decade, according to a report published by the Planning Department.

The report, Projections of Population Distribution 2019-2028, projects that the populations in the New Territories and Kowloon will rise by 430,200 and 109,600 between 2018 and 2028, reaching 4.36 million and 2.37 million respectively by 2028.

On the other hand, Hong Kong Island will see its population decrease from 1.25 million to 1.16 million during the period.

In terms of share of the total population, the New Territories will rise from 53 percent to 55 percent, while Kowloon will remain at 30 percent.

Hong Kong Island will see its share decline from 17 percent to 15 percent of the total during the period.

Among the various districts, Kwun Tong, Yuen Long and Sha Tin are projected to be the most populous by 2028, with the numbers reaching 730,400, 718,000 and 704,700 respectively.

The report also expects Wong Tai Sin to have the highest proportion of elderly residents, or those aged 65 or above, rising from 19 percent in 2018 to 28 percent in 2028.

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