Hong Kong Stats: Geography and Population
For those interested in Hong Kong culture, history, geography and politics, this series will collect all of the most important facts and statistics about it. This first instalment will concentrate on the geographical make up of this historic region and its bustling population.
Geography Hong Kong is located at the south-eastern tip of China and has a total area of 1,104 square kilometres. That area is broken down into Hong Kong Island (80.6 square km), Kowloon (46.9 square km) and New Territories and Islands (976.9 square km). In terms of climate, it holds a mean air temperature of 25.6 Celsius for the whole year, with 31.4 peaks in July and 18.6 lows in winter. It also has a total rainfall of 2,398 mm annually.
Population The total population of Hong Kong is about 7.1 million. That breaks down into around 3.3 million men and 3.8 million women. The majority are in the 35 – 64 age bracket (about 3.3 million), with the second most being in the 15 – 34 bracket (1.9 million). Around 837,000 Hong Kongers are under 15, while around 935,000 are over 65.
In terms of the main events that govern these statistics, the number of births in Hong Kong in 2010 was 88,600. This was an increase on the previous two recorded figures of 82,100 in 2009 and 65,600 in 2006. With a death rate of just 42,200 in 2010, this shows that population, like everything else in Hong Kong, is booming.
The median age for first marriage in Hong Kong is fairly standard for a first world nation. Men, on average, get married at 31 while women tend to tie the knot at 29. In terms of where the population lives, there are over 2 million separate households across the three main areas of Hong Kong. Kowloon is by far the most densely populated area, with 44,760 people per square km. Hong Kong Island comes second with 16,320 people per square mile. The New Territories and Islands boast 3,880 people per square km. That makes the total population density of Hong Kong 6,580 people per square km.