Rural population to rise 30pc

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 August, 2002, 12:00am

The population of the New Territories outside the new towns will expand by almost 30 per cent during the next decade, according to the Planning Department's annual projections released yesterday.

The number of people living in rural areas will increase from 357,200 last year to 460,600 in 2011, or six per cent of the total.

About 47 per cent of the population will be living in the new towns, such as Tseung Kwan O, Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, by 2011, up from 45 per cent.

Kowloon's share will remain stable at about 31 per cent and Hong Kong Island will be home to about 16 per cent.

Results of the latest projections did not vary much from last year's forecast, which also estimated that most of the population - 53 per cent - will live in the New Territories by 2010.

Sha Tin will remain the most populous, with about 700,000 people in 2011, while Kwun Tong will be second, housing 650,000. Yuen Long will see the most growth, with an additional 180,000 people.

It also will have the youngest population of all districts, with a projected median age of 37.7, while Wan Chai will house the oldest, with a projected median age of 45.5.

The proportion of newborns to 14-year-olds is expected to drop rapidly in the new towns, from 18.2 per cent in 2001 to 13.7 per cent in 2011, though this is still higher than the rest of Hong Kong. Kowloon will continue to have the highest proportion of people 65 and over.