During the early Han period, how did the population of China change?

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During the early Han period, the main change in population was a major increase in the size of the Chinese population.  From what historians can tell, there was relative prosperity during the early Han period and with that prosperity came a growth in population.  Historians believe that the size of China's population tripled under Han rule.

Most of this population lived in rural areas, making their living as farmers.  The increase in population did cause some problems as it led to a decrease in the amount of land available for each family to farm.  This forced many peasants to stop owning their own land and instead become tenant farmers.

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