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Vietnam ranked world’s 15th most populous country as population surpasses 96mn

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 16:21 GMT+7
Vietnam ranked world’s 15th most populous country as population surpasses 96mn
A traffic congestion in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s population has exceeded 96 million, according to preliminary results of the 2019 population and housing census released on Thursday.

Data collected by the General Statistics Office (GSO) revealed that the country’s population rose by ten million to 96.2 million as of April 2019 compared to ten years prior, making Vietnam the third populous nation in Southeast Asia and 15th in the world.

According to statistics released by the General Office for Population Family Planning on January 30, 2018, Vietnam’s population reached 93.7 million by the end of 2017, making it the 14th most populous country in the world at the time.

Among the 96.2 million Vietnamese people currently inhabiting the country, 47.88 million are male and 48.32 million are female, a ration of 99.1 males to 100 females. The ratio in urban regions is 96.5/100 while the figure in rural areas is 100.5/100.

For every square kilometer of land, there is an average of 290 people, a relatively high density compared to other countries in the region.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the two most dense localities in the country, with 2,398 people/km2 and 4,363 people/km2, respectively.

On the demographic-economics scale, the Hong (Red) River Delta is the most densely populated region in the country with 22.5 million people, while the Central Highlands has the sparsest population with just 5.8 million residents.

Thirty-three million people are living in Vietnamese cities while 63.1 million reside in rural areas.

According to the census, 77.5 percent of Vietnamese people aged 15 and older are married.

Ninety-two percent of the K-12 population goes to school and 96 percent of Vietnamese can read and write.

The country has 26.8 million households, a 4.4-million increase compared to 2009.

The 2019 national census of population and housing was conducted by the GSO across Vietnam’s 63 provinces and municipalities from April 1 to 25 in order to collect general information about the population, migration, marriage, birth rate, population growth, labor, employment, housing, and other details.

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