According to official figures, the number of single-person households in China reached 125 million in 2020, accounting for a quarter of the total number of households. In recent years, China’s population problem has received much attention. It is believed that the CCP’s decadeslong family planning policy has had a profound impact on China’s population decline.
Compared to 2010, the number of single-person households has increased by 67.09 million people, an increase of 1.15 times, and the proportion of single-person households has increased by 10.86 percentage points in 10 years.
The data shows that the average age for a first marriage in China in 2020 was 28.67, an increase of 3.78 years from the average age of a first marriage of 24.89 in 2010. As the marrying age and childbearing age goes up, the total number and proportion of young people living alone will also be higher. They either buy houses or live alone in rented apartments.
By province, in 2020, the number of one-person households in Guangdong, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Shandong, and Henan ranks in the top five with the highest total number of households. Among them, Guangdong reached 14.11 million households, Sichuan reached 8.836 million, Zhejiang was 7,713 million, Shandong was 7,056 million, and Henan was 6.985 million.
From a one-person household-to-household ratio, in 2020, Guangdong, Tibet, Zhejiang, Beijing, and Chongqing, were leading.
While the proportion of single-person households is on the rise, the birth rate in China is plummeting.
According to China News, in January, data released by the Bureau of Statistics of China showed that in 2021, China had 10.62 million births, with a birth rate of 7.52 per thousand; 10.14 million deaths, with a mortality rate of 7.18 per thousand; and the natural population growth rate is 0.34 per thousand.
The Epoch Times reported, according to the Bureau of Statistics, from 2011 to 2015, China’s annual birth population was more than 16 million people.
In 2016, the CCP implemented the two-child policy after decades of family planning, and the number of births that year reached 17.86 million. However, the number of births fell to 17.23 million in 2017 and has since been on a downward trend. Births in 2018 dropped to 15.23 million and 2019 saw births drop to 14.65 million.
In 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of births continued to spiral, with 12 million births that year. The number of births in 2021 dropped to 10.62 million.
Why did the birth rate in China drop dramatically in 2021 and in recent years?
The Southern Metropolis Daily quoted Zhai Zhenwu, director of the Center for Population and Development Research at Renmin University, China, as saying that the decline in the number of the women of childbearing age, delaying marriage and childbearing of the modern young generation, and the decline in fertility brought about by social development are the three main reasons for the reduction of the 2021 birth rate. In addition, the ongoing pandemic has also curbed some fertility demand.
It should be noted that the factors that significantly reduce the birth rate include a significant increase in the cost of having a child, including housing prices, the cost of living, and the cost of children’s education. Young people about twenty-three or twenty-four years old have only graduate from university, if they go to graduate school, they graduate even later; they face job pressures and it takes a few years of working to build a solid financial foundation, so getting married is put off. Now there is a common phrase “lying flat.” According to SCMP, “lying flat” essentially means doing the bare minimum to get by in the workplace, and striving for nothing more than what is absolutely essential for one’s survival. How can you think of giving birth when you are lying flat? These are the factors that have caused the birth rate to change rapidly over the past decade.
The CCP’s family planning has caused bad consequences
The Epoch Times assumes that, in recent years, China’s population problems such as the rise of single-person households and the sharp drop in the birth rate have attracted widespread attention. Many people believe that China’s population problem is inseparable from the CCP’s decadeslong family planning policy.
The CCP’s family planning policy is called the “one-child policy” by the international community. In 1981, the CCP established the Family Planning Commission to enforce having fewer children, and family planning became the CCP’s basic “national policy.”
Decades later, the CCP’s birth control measures have had serious consequences, manifested in the rapid aging of the population, the increasing number of retirees, the working-age population is shrinking, and the severely underfunded social pension system is under pressure and could collapse.
Family planning also contributes to the imbalance between the sexes. In 2004, according to the CCP’s National Health Commission, the sex ratio of children born in China was close to 120 (on average, nearly 120 boys were born for every 100 girls), while the normal figures usually are from 103 to 107.
This means that in 20 years, in 2024, one in six men will not be able to find a wife, or about 40 million men won’t be able to find a wife, thus creating a huge security risk for humanity.