The Information Department of the China Population and Development Research Center compiled the Main Population Data in 2008, based on statistical communiqués. According to the Statistical Communiqué of China on the 2008 National Economic and Social Development issued by the National Bureau of Statistics of China on February 26, 2009, China's total population reached 1.32802 billion at the end of 2008, 6.73 million more than the previous year. In 2008, 16.08 million people were born and 9.35 million died. The birth rate in 2008 is 12.14‰ and the mortality rate is 7.06‰. The sex ratio at birth is 120.56.