Taichung, the second largest city in Taiwan

Taichung is now Taiwan's second most populous city, having surpassed its southern counterpart Kaohsiung.

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--According to the Ministry of Interior statistics, the population of Taichung City by the end of July has reached about 2.78 million.

The statistics clearly shows the population of Taichung has 309 more people than Kaohsiung, making Taichung the second largest city in Taiwan after the New Taipei City.

The latest Interior Ministry statistics show the central municipality with 2,778,182 residents in July surpassed Kaohsiung's 2,777,873.

The most populous city is still New Taipei City with a population of 3,984,051.

Taichung Mayor Lin Jia-long (林佳龍) announced the news today quoting the statistics. Taichung’s increasing population indicates that the city is now “growing up to become an adult,” said Mayor Lin.

Lin further added that plans for the development and urban renovation have already been approved by the central government. The city’s population has grown naturally, with more births than deaths and also with more people moving into the city than moving from it.

According to Central News Agency, Taichung’s population has been growing at the second fastest rate nationwide in the last five years.

Taichung has also been named Taiwan’s most livable city due to its much favorable weather as compared to the south and its easy access to central Taiwan’s immensely beautiful countryside.

In contrast, Kaohsiung’s population has been struggling to remain steady with net decreases every year, said Chang Wan-yi (張琬宜), Director of the Interior Ministry’s Department of Household Registration.

Southern Taiwan has long been the victim of the country's unequal development, with less white collar jobs in its two main cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung.