As the center of commerce and business in the Southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City attracts lots of people from all regions to come, work and live. According to 2009 Census, there were about 7,162,864 people residing in Ho Chi Minh City. However, due to rapid growth of Ho Chi Minh City’s economy which leads to the need of large number of semi-skilled workers, many people from other provinces immigrating, living illegally and working hard to earn their living in Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, a real number should exceed 7,162,864.
Ho Chi Minh City’s population accounts for 8.34% of the total Vietnam’s population which makes it the most densely populated area in Vietnam. The majority is Kinh people, accounting up to 90% while the minority is ethnic people like Khmer, Hoa people. Most of the Hoa people live in District 5,6,8 and 11 (read more about Districts in Ho Chi Minh City).
Though it was just established recently, Binh Tan District is the most populated with 572,132 due to the congestion of industrial parks and factories which requires a great deal of labor force. However, there are just 68,846 people living in Can Gio District. Far distance from the city center and inconvenient means of transportation are two main reasons discouraging people from living in Can Gio District.
Ho Chi Minh City has diversified religions. Buddhists take up to 50% of the total population in Ho Chi Minh City. 34% of the population are those who have no religion. The Roman Catholic accounts for 12%. 4% of the population is Protestants and others (Cao Dai, Hoa Hao, Islam, Hinduism).