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Survey: Majority of Shanghai women prefer one child

MORE Shanghai women choose to have one child, representing 56 percent of the 21,900 women polled recently by local population authorities, while another 40 percent say they want to have two.

The women surveyed by the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission age from 15 to 49. About 11,800 of them are permanent residents. Their ideal number of children per family averages 1.43, compared with 1.73 suggested by migrant women.

Education also influences women's preference for family size. Women with college education or only primary school education wanted more children than those with high school education.

"The survey result reflects people's views on family planning and their ability to raise children," says Xie Lingli, the commission director.

Local population experts predict the city's baby boom will last another six years. About 180,000 babies are expected to be born this year, equal to last year's number.

The current baby boom began in 2006 when people born in the 1980s, also baby boom period, entered the childbearing age.

Meanwhile, migrants continue to pour into Shanghai, contributing an equal number of newborn babies as local residents. In the first nine months, Shanghai registered 137,000 newborn babies. About 62,000 of them are from migrant families.


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