Chreod's China Databases

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Chreod's China Databases


When Chreod began working in China in 1988 virtually no sub-national data were available on socio-economic conditions. National statistical data were reported only in the China Statistical Yearbook. Sub-national mapping was scarce and often (intentionally, for national security reasons) inaccurate.

In 1993, Chreod began to assemble sub-national data for the Yangtze Delta. By 1997, with improved accessibility over the years, the firm had built a China-wide statistical and spatial database at the county and city level. Chreod has since then annually updated the city/county database, a platform from which Chreod has added 37 distinct databases to inform its consulting and advisory work in China. These cover: six levels of administrative entities, ranging from China as a whole to over 55,000 Towns, Townships, and Street Committees; and functional entities that Chreod has defined in the course of its analyses of development trends across the country.

Chreod’s China databases comprise information on over 400 variables on demographics, economic conditions, investment, infrastructure, land and building use, environmental conditions, and municipal finance.

Recognizing that location and geography are fundamental to interpreting data on a country as large and diverse as China, Chreod has linked all of its databases to a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS). More than simply mapping, GIS technology provides for advanced geo-statistical and spatial analyses and location-based modeling that are not possible with traditional analytical methods.

Chreod has prepared non-technical descriptions of the databases highlighted in the table which are available by request. Remaining directories will be issued in the coming months.

Chreod uses these databases solely to provide analytical precision in its work for clients in China; we are not data vendors.

For further information on potential applications of Chreod’s China Databases, please e-mail info [at]

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