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The permanent population of Beijing has steadily increased over the last 15 years. Permanent residents are people who were born in Beijing or have a permit to reside in the capital.

When migrant workers are included, the total population of Beijing jumps to more than 18 million people.

Migrants from other provinces have flocked to Beijing for service and construction work. In the last 15 years their numbers have tripled. They make up about a third of the total population. Many reside in the city illegally, paying a premium to use government services, such as the schools or hospitals.

Overall, wages increased sevenfold over the last 15 years. In 2005, the average full-time, legally-employed worker in Beijing made 34,000 Chinese yuan or $4,900 a year.

People in cities make almost three times more than people in rural areas.

All information from the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

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