Report on projections of population distribution for 2014-2023 published

     The Planning Department today (December 18) published a report titled "Projections of Population Distribution 2014-2023", which presents the latest population distribution projections for 2014-2023.

     The population distribution projections are compiled based on the latest projected overall population for Hong Kong released by the Census and Statistics Department in July 2012 and the latest planning information.

     The report projects that the population of the New Territories and Kowloon will increase by 459 000 and 196 000 between 2013 and 2023, reaching 4.21 million and 2.36 million respectively by 2023, while that of Hong Kong Island is expected to decrease marginally from 1.28 million to 1.21 million during the same period.

     In terms of share of the total population, the New Territories will rise from 52 per cent to 54 per cent between 2013 and 2023, while that for Kowloon will remain at 30 per cent. The share of Hong Kong Island will decrease from 18 per cent to 16 per cent during the same period.

     The report also presents the projected population of District Council Districts. Sha Tin District, Yuen Long District and Kwun Tong District are projected to be the three most populous districts in 2023, with populations reaching 714 000, 702 000 and 691 000 respectively.

     Wan Chai District is projected to be the district with the highest proportion of elderly population aged 65 or above, rising from 17 per cent in 2013 to 26 per cent in 2023.  

     The report "Projections of Population Distribution 2014-2023", as well as statistical tables containing the detailed results of the projections of population distribution for 2014-2023, have been uploaded to the website of the Planning Department ( Members of the public can access the report and the tables directly at

Ends/Thursday, December 18, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:35