Taipei has lowest gender ratio in Taiwan

07/24/2016 02:07 PM
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Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Women outnumber men in seven cities in Taiwan, with the ratio the lowest in Taipei, where there are only 91.8 men for every 100 women, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said Sunday.

In a report on the country's population structure as of the end of June, the ministry identified the seven cities with more women than men as Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi and Kaohsiung.

Men outnumbered women in the country's 15 other cities and counties.

Taiwan's population was 23.51 million as of the end of June, up 0.07 percent from the end of 2015, mainly because births exceeded deaths in the first six months of the year. The six municipalities -- Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung -- make up 68.98 percent of Taiwan's total population, according to the MOI report.

The national gender ratio (the number of men for every 100 women) continued to slip, the ministry said, because of different mortality rates between men and women and an increase in female spouses from overseas, mainly from China.

The ratio, which dipped below 100 for the first time in November 2013, had fallen to 99.28 as of the end of June, the MOI report said.

The report also shows that among the 22 cities and counties in Taiwan, Chiayi County had the highest aging index, standing at 167.9 as of the end of June. Meanwhile, Hsinchu was the youngest city in Taiwan, with an aging index of 61.2.

The aging index refers to the ratio of the number of elderly persons of an age when they are generally economically inactive (aged 65 and over) to the number of young persons (from 0 to 14) in every 100 people.

The ministry said the highest ratio of senior citizens in Chiayi can be attributed to an exodus of young people from the largely agricultural county, as job openings are scarce there.

The reason that Hsinchu City has stayed young is its many science parks which attract young people to work there, the MOI analyzed.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)ENDITEM/J

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