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Top 10 Chinese regions by urbanization potential

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

A night view of Honggutan New District in Nanchang, East China’s Jiangxi province. [Photo/Sipa]

No 9: Hubei

Urbanization rate: 61 percent

Rural population: 23.12 million

Vehicles run on the Second Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, on April 21, 2020. [Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/for chinadaily.com.cn]

No 8: Guangxi

Urbanization rate: 51.09 percent

Rural population: 24.26 million

A bird’s-eye view of Nanning, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on April 27, 2020. [Photo/Sipa]

No 7: Yunnan

Urbanization rate: 48.91 percent

Rural population: 24.82 million

A night view of Kunming, Southwest China’s Yunnan province, on March 30, 2018. [Photo/Sipa]

No 6: Anhui

Urbanization rate: 55.81 percent

Rural population: 28.13 million

Local residents play basketball in Hefei, East China’s Anhui province, on Jan 14, 2020. [Photo/Sipa]

No 5: Hunan

Urbanization rate: 57.22 percent

Rural population: 29.6 million

Consumers queue for beverages outside a milk tea shop in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, on Feb 25. [Photo by Zheng Xiaoguang/for China Daily]

No 4: Hebei

Urbanization rate: 57.62 percent

Rural population: 32.18 million

A bird’s-eye view of Shijiazhuang, North China’s Hebei province. [Photo/Sipa]

No 3: Sichuan

Urbanization rate: 53.79 percent

Rural population: 38.7 million

Chunxi Road, one of the major shopping streets in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan province, on March 29, 2018. [Photo/Sipa]

No 2: Shandong

Urbanization rate: 61.51 percent

Rural population: 38.76 million

Tourists visit the Baihuazhou Historical and Cultural Block in Jinan, East China’s Shandong province, on April 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 1: Henan

Urbanization rate: 53.21 percent

Rural population: 45.11 million

A bird’s-eye view of Zhengzhou, Central China’s Henan province, on June 20, 2018. [Photo/Sipa]

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