Quzhou experiences massive changes over past decade
A view of Quzhou in East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/WeChat account: quzhoufb]
Quzhou's GDP rose from 96.4 billion yuan ($13.73 billion) in 2012 to 187.6 billion yuan in 2021, with per capita GDP surpassing $10,000, according to the press conference of the CPC Quzhou municipal committee on Sept 13.
In the past 10 years, total government revenue and general public budget revenue grew at average annual rates of 11 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively.
The number of national high-tech enterprises increased from 68 to 555, and the total R&D investment rate of the whole city increased from 1.03 percent to 2 percent.
Meanwhile, the city's urbanization rate increased from 45.7 percent to 58.1 percent, the permanent resident population increased by 155,000, and the urban population increased by 353,000.
The PM2.5 concentration in the city's urban areas has dropped from 68 micrograms per cubic meter in 2013 to 24 micrograms per cubic meter, and the rate of good air quality has increased from 68.2 percent to 95.6 percent.
In addition, the per capita disposable income of urban and rural residents in the city grew by 8.9 percent and 10 percent annually, respectively, over the past decade, ranking among the top three in the province. The income gap between urban and rural residents narrowed from 2.05 to 1.86.