National Population Census of China Database (NPCC)

Authoritative collection of official Chinese government census publications

Designed to respond to the high demand for authoritative and complete population census data for current and historical study of the world’s largest country, the National Population Census of China Database provides unparalleled access to important census data of China. The interface has been developed in cooperation with China Statistics Press and East View Information Services, and the NPCC product is the only authorized aggregated digital census product from China Statistics Press, the official publisher of the National Bureau of Statistics of the People’s Republic of China.

The NPCC Database, offered via the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) platform, represents the most complete and authoritative set of official Chinese government publications relating to the results of the respective population censuses of China.

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About NPCC

Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China there have been six population censuses:

  • First National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (1953)
  • Second National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (1964)
  • Third National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (1982)
  • Fourth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (1990)
  • Fifth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (2000)
  • Sixth National Population Census of the People’s Republic of China (2010)

In general, there are several levels of publishing in the NPCC Database. At the highest level are the all-China results, which are publications focusing on the complete country of China. In the middle are provincial-level results, which focus on each Chinese province or autonomous republic. And at the lower level there are city, county and other administrative unit publications. The publishing authority for the national and provincial volumes is typically a central governmental publisher (most often China Statistics Press). The lower-level administrative units—cities, counties, and in some cases provinces as well—are typically published by the respective local statistical authorities. The NPCC Database includes content starting from the 1982 census.

The interface has been designed to help researchers find data simply and quickly. Main interface features include:

  • Point and click on a title to browse or locate tables and graphs
  • Search and in-depth data mining in Chinese or English
  • Save results in popular spreadsheet formats
  • Generate dynamic reports of comparative data
  • View in full-text and full-image
  • Customize parameters by geography, time period, volume, and index attributes
  • Export data into GIS software programs

Complete title lists, including MARC records, are available from East View Information Services. Please contact us for further information.

The NPCC Database is also an ideal source for GIS (geographic information system)-enabled research and analysis. For GIS-ready files (including appropriate boundary files and English-language content), please contact us for further information.

About China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)

CNKI is the world’s most comprehensive online resource for accessing China’s intellectual output. This powerful platform is the product of Tongfang Knowledge Network, Beijing, and encompasses academic journals, dissertations, conference papers, news, and many other resources that put the knowledge of China in the sciences and humanities at your fingertips. With more than 25 million articles and growing every day, CNKI is a foundation for any serious research on China. CNKI is hosted in the United States by East View and updated daily.

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