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New Approach to Chinese City Segmentation

This very informative research from Brookings Metro’s Global Metro Monitor draws on data from Chinese cities size, industrial composition, and growth patterns to segment China. International education institutions could definitely consider using these findings to help with their Chinese student recruitment.

The report splits cities into:

1) Two Chinese Giants, Beijing and Shanghai, are economically dominant, together housing 26 million workers and generating over $1.6 trillion in real output.

2) Anchor Cities are 14 other metro areas that generated at least $200 billion in real output. They make up a quarter of the nation’s GDP in 2016, including nine provincial-level municipalities or provincial capitals (Tianjin, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Chengdu) and five coastal cities that are home to some of the world’s busiest container ports (Qingdao, Suzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, Shenzhen).

3) China’s own Rust Belt contains six metro areas (Harbin, Daqing, Changchun, Jilin, Shenyang, Dalian) in Northeast China, struggling to counter the decline of the nation’s coal and steel industry.

With the remaining 81 metro areas studied chosen—most of them mid-sized (average employment of 1.6 million and average GDP of $106.9 billion)—based on their industrial structure:

4) In 24 metro areas, services account for a higher share of the economy than industry. We categorize these as Service Cities.

5) In 57 metro areas, industry accounts for a higher share of the economy than services. We categorize these as Industry Cities.

These five divisions can be seen below:

To read the full article: Meet the five urban Chinas



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