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Xinhua Commentary: Reported Housing Statistics Are Questionable

On July 19, China News Review published a report on the “2013 Development of People’s Livelihood in China.” The report claimed that close to 90 percent of Chinese families own their own housing space. The average size for housing is 100 square meters (1,076 square feet) per family or 30 square meters (323 square feet) per person. On July 20, Xinhua published a commentary calling the published results questionable and misleading because they used the average statistical method. The commentary stated that some families don’t own houses while some groups of people own multiple or even dozens of housing properties. It questioned whether the data was correct, why the housing leasing market would be so prosperous in the city, and why large numbers of families still live in “snail house” conditions. In the end, the commentary suggested that a different methodology should be applied in calculating the results so that it truly reflects reality.

Source: Xinhua July 20, 2013