- Original settlement since the 7th century AD. British trading post in 1842, French in 1847. International settlement until 1949. Population 8,214,384 (UN 1999); 14,503,000 (UN 2004); 15,786,000 (UN 2010). Shanghai Statistical Bureau estimates an additional 8,977,000 in "floating population," (Global Times, August 22, 2011). According to UN estimates, Shanghai will reach 23.2 Million inhabitants by 2015 and rank 4th among the world's largest cities.
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