A new provisional estimate put Hong Kong’s population at 7,409,800 at the end of 2017, according to the Census and Statistics Department.

It represented an increase of 32,700 – or 0.4 per cent – from 7,377,100 at the end of 2016.

Hong Kong people population
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The rise in population comprised of a natural increase, as well as the net movement of Hong Kong residents. There were 56,600 births and 46,600 deaths between the end of 2016 and the end of 2017. Over the same period, 47,000 One-way Permit holders arrived in Hong Kong from mainland China, and the city saw a net outflow of 24,300 Hong Kong residents leaving the city.

Among the total population, 7,182,600 were usual residents and 227,200 were mobile residents.

Population stats
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The revised figure for the end of 2017 population will be released in August 2018.

The department also revealed the revised figure for the mid-year population for 2017, which stood at 7,391,700.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.