Chengdu Population 2022

9,478,521
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Chengdu is a city located in China that also serves as the capital of the Sichuan province. This city has grown over the years, in part due to a technology and innovation boom, although population growth has slowed in recent years. As of 2016, the population in Chengdu is 7,820,000.

Chengdu is a major city located in Western China. It is the provincial capital of Sichuan. Its population of over 7.8 million makes it the 5th most populous agglomeration in China. Over 260 Fortune 500 countries have offices in Chengdu, and it is home to over 31,000 companies. This city has become known as one of the most innovative in the world, and it is a leader in its country in finance, culture, communications, and transportation.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Chengdu covers a large area of 14,380 square kilometers. The urban population density is approximately 6,500 people living per square kilometer.

Chengdu Demographics

In 2016, Chengdu had a population of 7.8 million. However, the last census, taken in 2010, showed that the administrative area is much larger, with a population of over 14 million. Based on this data, Chengdu is the 5th most populous urban agglomeration in China. The province of Sichuan is the 4th largest in China. The area has become known for technology and innovation, industry and transportation. It is the location of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world.

The majority of the population of Chengdu and the entire Sichuan province is Han Chinese. Other minority groups located in the region include Tibetan, Qiang, Yi, and Nakhi. The city also has a large number of Tibetans, with about 30,000 Tibetans living in the city as permanent residents and a floating population of approximately 200,000. The opportunities available in the urban area is the primary appeal for Tibetans who come to settle in Chengdu. The city also offers plenty of educational opportunities, as it is home to 49 universities and colleges, and over 140,000 residents graduated from these schools in 2010.

The most commonly practiced religions in Chengdu include Chinese folk religions, Chinese Buddhism and Taoism. Surveys completed in 2007 and 2008 showed that over 10% of the province follow cults of ancestors and that less than 1% of the population are Christians. Sino-Tibetan languages, including Sichuanese Mandarin, are the primary languages in the city and the province.

Significant industries include finance, electronics, IT, modern logistics and trade, modern agriculture, software, and energy, to name a few. The city has four industrial zones, and over 250 Fortune 500 companies have branches set up in the city.

Chengdu is also known for its Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and reserves set up to protect this endangered species, of which 80% live within the province.

Chengdu History

Research has shown that the Chengdu area was inhabited over 4,000 years ago. In the early 4th Century,Kaiming IX – the king of Shu – relocated the capital of Pixian to the site of Chengdu. After the state of Qin conquered the state of Shu, Qin general Zhang Yi built a new city. Over the next 2,000 years, the influence of Chengdu began to spread throughout Western China, becoming known as “the southwestern metropolis.” It also created the first widely used paper money. In 1644, Zhang Xianzhong established the Daxi Kingdom, and it is rumored that he killed a large number of people in the city. This led to depopulation that resulted in resettlement throughout the Qing dynasty.

In 1911, the Wuchang Uprising overthrew the Qing dynasty. During World War II, the capital city was relocated, and eventually, the government retreated to the Sichuan province to escape from the Japanese. With them, they brought academics, businesspeople, and others who founded many of the businesses that are still thriving in the city today. In modern times, Chengdu houses the headquarters for the Chengdu Military Region and has a broad industrial base that includes chemicals, smelting, and manufacturing that make the city one of the world’s most important commercial and cultural centers.

Chengdu Population Growth

Chengdu’s population is expected to continue to grow at a steady rate over the next few decades. This laid-back, cosmopolitan city offers educational and job opportunities, as well as a lower cost of living when compared to other Chinese agglomerations. In 2020, the city is expected to have over 8.7 million people. In 2030, the population is expected to exceed 10 million.

Year Population
203511,206,334
203411,129,285
203311,043,337
203210,948,068
203110,843,186
203010,728,078
202910,602,480
202810,466,245
202710,319,701
202610,163,420
20259,998,869
20249,828,110
20239,653,772
20229,478,521
20219,305,116
20209,135,768
20198,971,839
20188,813,478
20178,659,748
20168,508,906
20158,360,286
20148,214,460
20138,071,180
20127,930,590
20117,792,072
20107,573,276
20097,204,671
20086,854,477
20076,520,409
20066,203,049
20055,901,135
20045,614,302
20035,340,676
20025,080,736
20014,833,447
20004,607,004
19994,406,637
19984,215,242
19974,032,159
19963,857,265
19953,689,505
19943,529,257
19933,375,969
19923,229,537
19913,089,078
19902,954,909
19892,888,927
19882,824,506
19872,761,350
19862,699,690
19852,639,407
19842,580,550
19832,522,849
19822,466,515
19812,302,717
19802,150,000
19792,088,524
19782,028,887
19771,970,953
19761,914,749
19751,860,000
19741,837,460
19731,815,194
19721,793,227
19711,771,467
19701,750,000
19691,720,935
19681,692,392
19671,664,245
19661,636,604
19651,609,423
19641,582,729
19631,582,121
19621,581,515
19611,580,908
19601,580,303
19591,507,154
19581,371,736
19571,248,485
19561,136,456
19551,034,212
1954941,288
1953856,713
1952779,838
1951709,678
1950645,913

Chengdu Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
203511,206,3340.69%77,049
203411,129,2850.78%85,948
203311,043,3370.87%95,269
203210,948,0680.97%104,882
203110,843,1861.07%115,108
203010,728,0781.18%125,598
202910,602,4801.30%136,235
202810,466,2451.42%146,544
202710,319,7011.54%156,281
202610,163,4201.65%164,551
20259,998,8691.74%170,759
20249,828,1101.81%174,338
20239,653,7721.85%175,251
20229,478,5211.86%173,405
20219,305,1161.85%169,348
20209,135,7681.83%163,929
20198,971,8391.80%158,361
20188,813,4781.78%153,730
20178,659,7481.77%150,842
20168,508,9061.78%148,620
20158,360,2861.78%145,826
20148,214,4601.78%143,280
20138,071,1801.77%140,590
20127,930,5901.78%138,518
20117,792,0722.89%218,796
20107,573,2765.12%368,605
20097,204,6715.11%350,194
20086,854,4775.12%334,068
20076,520,4095.12%317,360
20066,203,0495.12%301,914
20055,901,1355.11%286,833
20045,614,3025.12%273,626
20035,340,6765.12%259,940
20025,080,7365.12%247,289
20014,833,4474.92%226,443
20004,607,0044.55%200,367
19994,406,6374.54%191,395
19984,215,2424.54%183,083
19974,032,1594.53%174,894
19963,857,2654.55%167,760
19953,689,5054.54%160,248
19943,529,2574.54%153,288
19933,375,9694.53%146,432
19923,229,5374.55%140,459
19913,089,0784.54%134,169
19902,954,9092.28%65,982
19892,888,9272.28%64,421
19882,824,5062.29%63,156
19872,761,3502.28%61,660
19862,699,6902.28%60,283
19852,639,4072.28%58,857
19842,580,5502.29%57,701
19832,522,8492.28%56,334
19822,466,5157.11%163,798
19812,302,7177.10%152,717
19802,150,0002.94%61,476
19792,088,5242.94%59,637
19782,028,8872.94%57,934
19771,970,9532.94%56,204
19761,914,7492.94%54,749
19751,860,0001.23%22,540
19741,837,4601.23%22,266
19731,815,1941.22%21,967
19721,793,2271.23%21,760
19711,771,4671.23%21,467
19701,750,0001.69%29,065
19691,720,9351.69%28,543
19681,692,3921.69%28,147
19671,664,2451.69%27,641
19661,636,6041.69%27,181
19651,609,4231.69%26,694
19641,582,7290.04%608
19631,582,1210.04%606
19621,581,5150.04%607
19611,580,9080.04%605
19601,580,3034.85%73,149
19591,507,1549.87%135,418
19581,371,7369.87%123,251
19571,248,4859.86%112,029
19561,136,4569.89%102,244
19551,034,2129.87%92,924
1954941,2889.87%84,575
1953856,7139.86%76,875
1952779,8389.89%70,160
1951709,6789.87%63,765
1950645,9130.00%

Chengdu Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Shanghai28,516,9042.59%
Beijing21,333,3322.09%
Chongqing16,874,7403.01%
Tianjin14,011,8281.58%
Guangzhou13,964,6372.41%
Shenzhen12,831,3301.90%
Chengdu9,478,5211.86%
Nanjing9,429,3813.12%
Wuhan8,591,6111.40%
Xi An Shaanxi8,537,6463.18%
Hangzhou8,044,8782.54%
Suzhou7,764,4994.54%
Shenyang7,527,9752.09%
Dongguan7,511,8510.80%
Foshan7,497,2631.22%
Haerbin6,665,9512.14%
Dalian5,930,1402.67%
Qingdao5,865,2322.14%
Zhengzhou5,690,3123.27%
Ji Nan Shandong5,663,0152.71%

Other Cities in China

  1. Chengdu China - Information from the Chengdu Municipal People's Government

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