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Table 1 Minority population in China from 1953 to 2010

From: The distribution of Chinese minority populations and its change based on the study of the Hu Huanyong line

Year Total population (10,000) Minority population (10,000) Proportion of Minority population (%) Number of ethic minority groups
1953 58,260 3532 6.06 41
1964 69,458 3988 5.74 53
1982 100,818 6723 6.67 55
1990 113,368 9120 8.04 55
2000 126,583 10,643 8.41 55
2010 133,972 11,379 8.49 55