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(December 2005)
 

Population: 6.94 million

Overall density

6 420 people per square kilometre

Area: 1 104 square kilometres

Hong Kong Island
81 square km
Kowloon 47 square km
New Territories 748 square km
Outlying Islands 228 square km


Weather

Average annual rainfall
2 214.3mm

Highest temperature
36.1°C (August 19, 1900 and August 18, 1990)

Lowest temperature
0.0°C (January 18, 1893)

Highest wind speed
259 km/h at Hong Kong Observatory, 284 km/h at Tate's Cairn
(Typhoon Wanda, September 1, 1962)

Housing

30.5% of people lived in 720 300 public rental housing flats

Transport

Roads
1 955 kilometres of roads carried 544 089 licensed vehicles, or 276 vehicles per kilometre

Bridges
Tsing Ma Bridge (main span 1 377 metres) — the world's longest road-rail suspension bridge

Kap Shui Mun Bridge (main span 430 metres) — road-rail cable-stayed bridge

Ting Kau Bridge (two main spans totalling 923 metres) — cable-stayed road bridge

Air movements
263 506 flights; 39.8 million passengers;
3.40 million tonnes of freight

Shipping movements
39 140 ocean vessel arrivals; 39 240 departures;
port cargo throughput 230.1 million tonnes

Container throughput
22.60 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units)

Nationalities

Predominantly of Chinese descent 95%
Foreign passport-holders 517 560

Employment

Total number employed: 3.39 million

Major employment sectors
% of total employment
Wholesale, retail and import/export trades, restaurants and hotels
34.4%
Community, social and personal services
26%
Finance, insurance, real estate and business services
15%
Transport, storage and communications
10.5%
Construction
8%
Manufacturing
5.3%
Average wages
$10,797 per month
(All selected industries)  

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