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Household registry in Taipei sets new high

TAIPEI--The number of people who registered their households in Taipei last year set a two-decade high, according to the Taipei City Government.

The city's Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said the number of those who registered their households in Taipei totaled 2,686,516 in 2013, up 0.5 percent, or 13,290, compared with 2012.

The increase represented a natural increase of 10,331, or the number of newborns minus the number of deaths, and a social increase of 2,959, or the number of people moving into the area with the number moving out deducted.

The department said the population structure in the city showed that the number of children, young and middle-aged, and senior citizen groups accounted for 14.3 percent, 72.2 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively, of the total population in 2013.

Gender ratio, however, was at a new low of 92.4, meaning that there were only 92 men to every 100 women, the department said.

It also said that since Taipei became a municipality in 1967, its crude birth rate, or the number of births per 1,000 per year, has been lower than the national average for more than four decades.

But since the city government began promoting a project in 2011 to encourage women to have babies, the crude birth rate began to move ahead of other parts of the country.

Births recorded in Taipei reached 26,710 in 2013, the second- highest level since 2002, averaging one birth every 20 minutes.

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