An Giang most populous in Mekong Delta: census hinh anh 1Thieu Vinh An, head of the provincial statistics office, speaks at the event (Photo:

An Giang (VNA) – Housing over 1.9 million people, An Giang is the most populous province in the Mekong Delta region, said a local official at an October 29 conference reviewing the local population and housing census in 2019.

Thieu Vinh An, head of the provincial statistics office, said the figure, calculated as of 0 am on April 1, made An Giang eighth among the most populous localities nationwide, behind Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Hai Phong.

According to the census, 68.41 percent of local residents lived in rural areas. The province ranked 2nd in the Mekong Delta in the number of urban dwellers, at 31.59 percent.

An Giang also had the highest rate of locals working away from home among the 63 provinces and cities nationwide. 

During the 2009-2019 period, the local population decreased by more than 234,000, with its average annual population growth rate staying at -1.16 percent as compared to the national rate of 1.14 percent.

Nguyen Thanh Binh, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, stressed the result reflected positive effects of the Party’s and State’s policies on population and housing on local life.

The proportion of literate people aged from 15 and above increased significantly, while housing conditions of both rural and urban residents were improved, he added./.