Among those exceeding the lawful marriage age in Beijing, males outnumber their females by 20 percent, according to the survey by the city's statistics bureau.
More Women Have Divorced
According to the data on marital status and birthrate released by Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics and the Beijing Survey Office of the National Bureau of Statistics of China on February 22, during China's 12th five-year plan (2011-2015), there was an increase in the number of residents with spouses, a reduction in the unmarried population and a slight rise in the number of those who were divorced or lost spouses.
In comparison, the female population boasts a higher divorced proportion with more divorced women remaining single, suggesting that in contemporary society it is harder for divorced women to remarry.
90 Percent of Unmarried Women Live in City
The survey also shows that the past year still featured more men than women staying single into adulthood, reflecting that an increasing number of males who have delayed getting married. Males accounted for about 55 percent with women at 45 percent.
However, a new trend is that the gap between unmarried men and their female counterparts has been narrowing. The current ratio of men to women who are above age and unmarried stands at roughly 1.2, while this figure was 1.5 five years ago.
In addition, there has been a larger gap between single, above age men and women in terms of living environment and education. About 90 percent of the unmarried female population live in the city and surrounding towns, and roughly 80 percent have a college degree or higher. In contrast, rural areas harbor more unmarried men, and around half hold only a middle school diploma or less.
2015 Sees Lowest Birthrate
Statistics indicate a decline in Beijing's birthrate, hitting a record low in the past five years. According to the analysis, a number of Chinese people are unwilling to have children in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Sheep as they see it an unlucky year. Associations of meekness and a hard life for those born in that year prompt many mothers to avoid giving birth.
However, with the introduction of the two-child policy coupled with people's willingness to give birth in the Year of the Monkey, it is predicted that there will be a substantial rise in the newly born population.
(Source: Beijing Morning Post/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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