Henan province in Central China has the largest potential for urbanization according to a recent report from news outlet Yicai.
In general, regions with the greatest urbanization potential tend to be those with an urbanization rate of less than 65 percent and high rural populations, the report said.
Henan has the largest registered population and rural population in the country, standing at over 100 million and 45.11 million respectively. In addition, its current urbanization rate is only 53.21 percent, far below the national average of 60.6 percent.
Shandong province in East China and Sichuan province in Southwest China are in second and third place respectively, both with a rural population of over 38 million and a lower urbanization rate.
Here are the top 10 regions with the greatest potential for urbanization.
No 10: Jiangxi
No 9: Hubei
Urbanization rate: 61 percent
Rural population: 23.12 million
No 8: Guangxi
Urbanization rate: 51.09 percent
Rural population: 24.26 million
No 7: Yunnan
Urbanization rate: 48.91 percent
Rural population: 24.82 million
No 6: Anhui
Urbanization rate: 55.81 percent
Rural population: 28.13 million
No 5: Hunan
Urbanization rate: 57.22 percent
Rural population: 29.6 million
No 4: Hebei
Urbanization rate: 57.62 percent
Rural population: 32.18 million
No 3: Sichuan
Urbanization rate: 53.79 percent
Rural population: 38.7 million
No 2: Shandong
Urbanization rate: 61.51 percent
Rural population: 38.76 million
No 1: Henan
Urbanization rate: 53.21 percent
Rural population: 45.11 million
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