The following are facts and figures about the living standard of
China's rural residents in the ninth Five-Year Plan period (1996-2000),
provided by the State Development Planning Commission.
The per-capita net income of rural residents increased 632 yuan
since 1995 to 2,210 yuan in 1999, an average year-on-year rise of
Foodstuff accounted for 52.6 percent of rural people's total index
expenditure in 1999, down 6 percentage points from 1995.
Per-capita living space of rural residents averaged 24.5 square
meter in 1999, as compared to 21 square meters in 1995.
On average, every rural household had a television set in 1999.
(People's Daily 10/02/2000)