China to Count All Its People—in Just 10 Days

6 million hired for mighty task
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2010 3:19 AM CDT
A family pushes a cart after shopping at a nearby supermarket in Beijing. With a one-child-one-couple policy, many Chinese don't register "extra" kids, which could be a problem in the new census.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – The number of census workers hired to count China's population will be bigger than the entire population of many nations. Some 6 million workers will fan out across China to count some 1.3 billion people—in a total of just 10 days. It's China's first census in 10 years, and authorities hope the biggest tally in the world will help determine how many children live in China. With the one-child-a-couple rule, many parents never register their "extra" kids. Officials also hope to pinpoint the number of migrant workers, which they believe is some 200 million, reports the BBC. (Read more China stories.)

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