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Wenzhou’s Permanent Population: 9.3 Million
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The data released by the Wenzhou Municipal Statistics Bureau on March 12 shows that Wenzhou's economy has made steady progress, and the city's permanent population is growing stably. According to the bulletin on Zhejiang Province’s main population data issued by the Provincial Statistics Bureau, by the end of 2019, Wenzhou's permanent population totaled 9.3 million, a rise of 50,000 over the previous year, and among the total, that of Wenzhou City proper (WCP), including Dongtou District, amounted to 3.0521 million, an increase of 41,000 over the previous year. In 2019, Wenzhou’s urbanization rate reached 70.5%, 0.5 percent higher than that of the previous year, ranking third in the province.

The bulletin shows that by the end of 2019, the Zhejiang Province's permanent population was 58.5 million, an increase of 1.13 million over the previous year. In the province, Hangzhou had owned the largest permanent population of 10.36 million by the end of 2019, and Wenzhou was only next to Hangzhou in this regard in the same year.

In 2019, Wenzhou’s permanent population growth was faster than that of its registered population owing to the city's steady economic development, which attracted nonlocal talents to settle and work in the city. In recent years, benefited from a string of countercyclical adjustment policies of the state, and proactively addressing the challenges of various risks, Wenzhou stabilized market expectations, and kept its economic operation in a reasonable range, demonstrating its resilient development. Last year, the city's GDP reached RMB 660.61 billion, a year-on-year jump of 8.2% at comparable prices, ranking third in the province.

According to the record of Wenzhou’s public security department, the city had a registered population of 8.3236 million by the end of 2019, an increase of 36,200 over the previous year; the population in county regions tended to agglomerate to WCP, resulting in a slight rise in its population proportion in the Wenzhou’s total. According to the calculation based on the outcome of the 5 ‰ sampling survey on population change, the population aggregation degree of WCP further rose in 2019. The proportion of the permanent population (about 3.0521 million ) in WCP was 32.8% of Wenzhou’s total in 2019, 0.2 percent higher than that of the previous year.

According to the analysis of relevant persons of the Wenzhou Municipal Statistics Bureau, Wenzhou’s population increase is from citizens’ choice of settlement, entrepreneurship and employment in the city.  In the past two years, Wenzhou's new policies for talents, including preferential treatment for their settlement and house purchase in the city, have released one after another, which triggered wide attentions. In December last year, Wenzhou issued the Implementing Measures for Imported Talents’ House Purchase and Rental , in which are stipulated the preferential policies, such as " Qualified excellent university graduates can enjoy a 30% discount for buying a house, and a 70% discount for renting a house" . At the beginning of this month, Wenzhou unveiled its more favourable talent policies, including that ordinary university graduates can enjoy the same discount for their buying a house as the excellent ones, which is quite attracting.

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