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Taiwan's indigenous population exceeds 510,000

2011/01/15 22:59:52

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's aboriginal population hit 512,701at the end of 2010, up 1.6 percent from the year before, according tothe latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI)Saturday.

The average age of indigenous people stood at 32.5 years, 5.6years younger than that of the country's total population, whichnumbered 23,162,123 at the end of last year.

The eastern county of Hualien boasted the largest number ofindigenous residents, with 90,929 or 17.7 percent of the total;followed by neighboring Taitung County with 80,152 or 15.6 percent;and northern Taiwan's Taoyuan County with 59,321 or 11.6 percent.

Among the 14 officially recognized aboriginal tribes, the Amiswas the largest, with 187,763 people or 36.6 percent of the overallindigenous population. Paiwan came in second, with 81,552 (15.9percent), followed by Atayal, with 81,552 people (15.9 percent.)

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Sofia Wu)