China’s latest census reveals that its population rate is at its slowest growth in decades. The annual rate was down from 0.57% from 2000 to 2010, to 0.53% from 2010 to 2020. This brought the population to 1.41 billion. From 18 million newborns in 2016, only 12 million babies were born in 2020. The results made the government encourage couples to have more babies. The census was released in late 2020 with seven million census takers going to every house to get information from Chinese families. According to Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, the lower birth rate is a natural result of China’s growth in its economy. He added that as countries develop, there is a possibility to have lower birth rates because the population focuses on other things such as career and education.