News of the WeekChina Census

1.3 Billion Divided by 6.5 Million, and Watch That Floating Decimal

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  22 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6003, pp. 436
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6003.436

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution

Summary

Taking an accurate tally in the world's most populous and mobile country is already a formidable task. But when 6.5 million census takers fan out across China on 1 November, they will face an additional challenge: getting a handle on a swelling migrant, or "floating," population. China's unique solution this year—adding presumed residents to an actual head count—unsettles some demographers.

* Mara Hvistendahl is a journalist based in the Netherlands.