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Total population: 23.77 million

Population growth rate: 4.98

Ethnicity: Forty-nine ethnic groups live in Inner Mongolia including the Mongolian, Han, Manchu, Hui, Daur, Ewenki, Oroqen, and Korean. The region is inhabited by 3.97 million Mongolians, 18.75 million Hans, and 900,010 of other groups. The rural population hits 13.78 million, with 11.87 million in villages and 1.91 million in pastoral area.

Education: Inner Mongolia has 500,000 technicians, 140,000 of whom have received senior and middle-level technical certificates. It has 324 scientific and technological research centers. By 2000, 71 counties in the region had implemented the nine-year compulsory educational campaign and basically eliminated illiteracy among young and middle-aged people. As many as 98.36 percent of children of school age enjoyed school education, 97.19 percent of children of secondary-school age entered junior middle school and 60 percent of them graduated and entered senior middle school in 2001. Inner Mongolia has 21 institutes of higher learning with a total of 99,600 students. The percentage of literate middle-aged and young people has reached 96.8 percent.

In 2001 the region had 9,312 primary schools in 6,299 places, 1,664 middle schools, and 425 vocational secondary schools including 269 junior secondary schools and 156 senior secondary schools.

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