Total population: 48.57 million (2003)
Population growth rate: 7.29‰
Guangxi is multi-ethnic region, where a number of ethnic groups live, including the largest groups such as the Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, Dong, Mulam, Maonan, Hui, Jing, Yi, Shui and Gelao, and some 25 smaller ones. The people of ethnic minority groups came to 17.956 million by 1999, accounting for 38.1 percent of the region’s total. The Zhuang is the largest ethnic minority group in the region, which has a population of 15.38 million.
By the end of 2003, Guangxi had 16,102 primary schools, 2,990 middle schools, 424 polytechnic schools and 45 institutes of higher learning.