Hsinchu has replaced Taichung as the city with the highest inflow of people, according to tallies by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics released yesterday.
The results of the directorate report based on its investigation of domestic migration which is conducted every 10 years, showed that the top three cities in Taiwan in terms of job opportunities are Taipei, Hsinchu and Taichung.
The rapid development of Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, the showcase of Taiwan's high-tech sector, has helped the city of Hsinchu replace Taichung in terms of population inflow.
Directorate officials said the results also showed that Taiwan's population continued to be centered in the northern part of the island over the past 10 years, with the population of Taipei City and Taipei County together accounting for nearly 30 percent of the overall population.
In the same period, the overall population of central, southern and eastern Taiwan dropped slightly, while the total number of nationals living in China, overseas or the outlying islands of Kinmen or Matsu increased by 0.23 percent to about 50,000, according to the tallies.
Broken down by area, Taipei County boasts the largest population in Taiwan at 3.866 million, followed by Taipei City at 2.819 million, and Taoyuan County at 1.866 million.
One noteworthy finding was that the rapid development of Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park has led the nearby cities and counties to emerge over the past 10 years as population magnets, with Hsinchu City registering the highest net population inflow rate at 8.42 percent, followed by Taichung City at 3.27 percent and Hsinchu County in third place.