China's urbanization rate at 56.1 percentStaff writer ▼ | April 23, 2016
Over 56 percent of China's population lived in cities in 2015, as the country's urbanization continues apace, a report showed.
Housing in China The number of cities leapt from 193 to 653
In the same period, the number of cities leapt from 193 to 653. Chinese cities covered about 49,000 square km in 2015, up from 7,000 square km in 1981, commission spokesperson Zhao Chenxin said.
China is aiming to bring its urbanization rate to 60 percent by 2020, helping 100 million migrant workers settle in cities over the next five years. ■