TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s population declined again last year with record births and marriages, an increased death rate and an exodus of one million people moving abroad.
On Monday, January 10, the Home Office (MOI) announced that the population in 2021 was 23,375,314, a drop of 185,000 from 2020, marking the second consecutive year of negative population growth. Meanwhile, births and marriages were both at record highs.
Taiwan closed the year with 14,127 births in December and a total of 153,820 births for 2021, a record. There were 11,429 fewer births than in 2020.
In terms of deaths, 15,739 people died in December and 183,732 during the year, 10,576 more than in 2020.
In fact, there were fewer births than deaths every month last year. At the end of 2021, deaths exceeded births by 29,912.
Only 13,131 couples got married in December. Year-round, only 114,606 people were married, a drop of 7,096 from 2020 and a record low.
There were 4,470 divorces in December and 47,887 registered for the year. This is a decrease of 3,793 from 2020.
In addition to a lower birth rate, Taiwan has experienced a decline in population growth due to immigration. In 2021, 920,703 immigrated to Taiwan, while 1,076,713 emigrated from the country, resulting in a net drop in immigration of 156,010.
As for the areas with the highest crude birth rates, Changhua County led with 9.81 per 1,000, followed by Taoyuan at 9.78 and Penghu County at 9.41. The area with the lowest crude birth rate was Miaoli County with 4.90 births per 1,000, followed by Pingtung County with 5.27 and Keelung with 5.33.
In terms of the number of households, there were 9,065,800 households last year, an increase of 72,766 since 2020. New Taipei had the most with 1,620,906, followed by Taipei with 1,052,596.