Sun, Nov 12, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Population hits 22.8 million

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The nation's population totaled 22.84 million as of the end of September, up 94,000 or 0.4 percent from the same time last year, according to tallies released yesterday by the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. Owing to the country's declining birth rate, the population in the newborn to 14 age group was down 2.7 percent year-on-year to 4.18 million, agency officials said. Some 16.4 million people belong to the 15 to 64 age group, up 0.9 percent year-on-year. The number of seniors 65 years of age and above rose 3.1 percent year-on-year to 2.26 million, accounting for 9.9 percent of the total population and up from 7 percent in 1993, the officials said. The Council of Economic Planning and Development forecast that the number of senior citizens as a percentage of the population will double to 14 percent by 2018, signifying the rapid graying of the local population.

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