1/19/2012

Today's infographic: China is now urbanized

China is now urbanized and the chart below proves the increasing urbanized areas in China.
Originally appeared on wsj.
China's urban areas outnumber countryside with 51.27% of urban dwellers. And the percent will continue to increase as rural population migrates to cities for better living conditions and jobs. As mentioned by Tom Orlik and Liam Denning in wsj, urbanization supposes increasingly demand for housing, infrastructure. Neighbors such as Korea and Japan based their economic rapid growth partly upon urbanization in the 20th Century. In this instance, Post-War Japan used urbanism as tool to boost demands for roads, infrastructure, and as falling birth rate and population aging were integrated as important components, health care and well-being became axes in Japan's urbanism. In short, Japan's rapid economic growth profitted from urbanism and China is taking the same way along with a large number of programmes of urban development at a high level. Drawing a perspective on this shift into urbanized country, The Atlantic Cities noted that:
City dwellers represented just 10.6 percent of China's population in 1949, when the Communist Party took power, and just under 19 percent in 1979, when it launched the market reforms, according to official Chinese statistics. That means that in the economic boom of the past three decades, China has roughly matched what economic historians say took about 200 years in Britain, 100 years in the U.S. and 50 years in Japan.
Yet China will challenge a large range of issues to provide best quality of life for each resident, in particular, insofar as China will be engaging in a certain growth slow and population aging that will sap its economic dynamics. But for now China's cities must respond to external issues, in particular demand pressures in terms of living conditions that includes health care, childcare, well-being, housing, infrastructure, jobs to dwell their urban citizens.


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