Yaeyama population now bigger than Miyako

The population of Yeyama surpassed the number of people living in Miyako  on Nov. 1st 2014. This marks the first time since 1920 that more people live in the Yaeyama district than Miyako.

As of October 1st, the population of Yaeyama had increased 0.25% compared to the same month last year, while the population of Miyako decreased 0.57%.  The population of Yaeyama had been expected to surpass Miyako sometime in January 2015. However, the day turned out to be earlier than expected.

The birth rate in Miyako is higher but many people move out of the district at the same time.  On the other hand, Yaeyama is now experiencing a immigration boom, so it is seeing an increase in the number of residents.