Cambodia’s population approaches 14 million

September 4, 2008 at 6:39 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s population is approaching 14 million people, more than half of whom are women, according to preliminary results from the first general census, local media reported Thursday.

“According to the preliminary results, the population of Cambodia stood at 13,388,910 at midnight on March 3, 2008, consisting of 6,495,512 males and 6,893,398 females,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, who also chairs the National Census Committee, was quoted as saying in the Phnom Penh Post.

The provisional figures at the national level indicate that the total fertility rate and growth rate of the population has slowed down as predicted, he added.

The census also found that while Cambodia remains a largely rural country, more people were living in cities, the newspaper said.

The average household contained 4.7 people, according to census figures.

The projected annual growth rate in 2010 is expected to be 1.54percent, still higher than that of East Asia, which stands at 1.3 percent.

Editor: Sun

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