Matsu population jumps after casino referendum
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The population of the outlying Matsu Islands recorded the strongest growth nationwide in 2012 after island residents voted to allow Taiwan's first casino to be built, according to government figures.
January 28, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The population in Lienchiang County, which is Matsu's administrative center, grew 11.24 percent last year to 11,310 residents, the highest growth in Taiwan, the Ministry of the Interior reported.
This follows residents voting in a referendum last summer to allow casino projects to be built on the island, hoping to attract Chinese tourists and improve the local infrastructure.
Nearby Kinmen County also grew by an impressive 8.5 percent to 113,111 residents, largely due to attractive social benefits, the data showed.
New Taipei is the most populous city in Taiwan, with 3.93 million residents. Kaohsiung City came in second with 2.77 million residents, followed by Taichung City's 2.68 million.
Taipei city has a population of 2.67 million and Taoyuan, 2.03 million. Meanwhile, Tainan City government website shows that the city has a population of 1.88 million.