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Guangzhou leads China in student and population growth
Guangzhou tops both Beijing and Shanghai in the number of students it has in its primary schools and also saw the student population growing faster last year than either of the other two major Chinese cities.  

Updated:1491991318Source:SilkRoadPost

Guangzhou tops both Beijing and Shanghai in the number of students it has in its primary schools and also saw the student population growing faster last year than either of the other two major Chinese cities.  

Guangzhou's overall population growth also exceeded that of the two cities to the north. 

The city had 968,500 pupils enrolled in its primary schools last year, compared with 868,000 in Beijing and 789,700 in Shanghai. The student population grew by 30,600 in 2016, while Beijing’s increased by 18,000. Shanghai had a decline of 9,000 in students last year. 

The data, released last month by the Statistics Bureau of Guangzhou Municipality in its 2016 National Economic and Social Development Report, were cited as a positive development by the local authorities and academics.

They say the number of pupils is one of the most important indexes used to judge a city’s attractiveness. “Large numbers and sustained growth of pupils illustrate that a city is attractive because people are willing to get married and raise a child there,” explained Hu Gang, a professor with Jinan University.

In fact, Guangzhou’s ability to lure talented individuals to live here also is reflected in the population statistics from the three cities. Guangzhou’s permanent resident population reached 14.0435 million in 2016, a jump of 542,400 over 2015, and its permanent non-native population totaled 5.3386 million, up 379,400. Those growth rates led all top-tier cities in China.

“Population is an important indicator to demonstrate a city’s development potential and livability,” said Hu. “Obviously, Guangzhou is demonstrably superior to other cities in this aspect.” 

Guangzhou has become a strong magnet for experts and talented people since giant corporations like Cosco, Cisco and Foxconn established major operations here. Meanwhile, the city’s environment, climate and housing prices are all important factors that contribute to its advantage over other first-tier cities, according to the officials. 

(By chris Wang, Louis Berney)

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