North Korea Population (LIVE)

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North Korea Population (1950 - 2018)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of North Korea is 25,518,123 as of Friday, September 22, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • North Korea population is equivalent to 0.34% of the total world population.
  • North Korea ranks number 52 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in North Korea is 212 per Km2 (548 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 120,410 Km2 (46,491 sq. miles)
  • 61.0 % of the population is urban (15,557,359 people in 2017)
  • The median age in North Korea is 34.3 years.

Population of North Korea (2018 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationDPRK
Global Rank
2018 25,610,672 0.47 % 119,707 -2,031 34.3 1.94 213 60.7 % 15,683,237 0.34 % 7,632,819,325 52
2017 25,490,965 0.48 % 122,345 -2,031 34.3 1.94 212 61.0 % 15,557,359 0.34 % 7,550,262,101 52
2016 25,368,620 0.49 % 124,703 -2,031 34.3 1.94 211 60.8 % 15,434,020 0.34 % 7,466,964,280 51
2015 25,243,917 0.52 % 130,464 -5,403 34.0 1.95 210 60.7 % 15,313,311 0.34 % 7,383,008,820 51
2010 24,591,599 0.57 % 137,486 -4,936 33.0 2.00 204 60.0 % 14,751,886 0.35 % 6,958,169,159 47
2005 23,904,167 0.84 % 195,018 -3,438 31.5 2.00 199 59.6 % 14,241,596 0.37 % 6,542,159,383 47
2000 22,929,075 0.96 % 213,355-2,786 29.4 2.01 190 59.2 % 13,569,935 0.37 % 6,145,006,989 45
1995 21,862,299 1.50 % 313,849 0 27.3 2.25 182 58.8 % 12,844,558 0.38 % 5,751,474,416 42
1990 20,293,054 1.46 % 283,163 0 25.0 2.36 169 58.1 % 11,790,239 0.38 % 5,330,943,460 41
1985 18,877,238 1.56 % 281,020 0 23.5 2.80 157 57.3 % 10,824,363 0.39 % 4,873,781,796 40
1980 17,472,140 1.43 % 239,480 0 21.8 2.85 145 56.6 % 9,884,766 0.39 % 4,458,411,534 38
1975 16,274,740 2.46 % 372,868 0 19.6 4.00 135 56.7 % 9,227,780 0.40 % 4,079,087,198 36
1970 14,410,400 2.81 % 372,575 0 21.0 4.39 120 54.2 % 7,810,438 0.39 % 3,700,577,650 37
1965 12,547,525 1.89 % 224,670 -113,682 19.1 3.46 104 45.1 % 5,657,767 0.38 % 3,339,592,688 36
1960 11,424,176 2.52 % 267,437 0 19.9 5.12 95 40.2 % 4,591,911 0.38 % 3,033,212,527 36
1955 10,086,991 -0.89 % -92,496 -113,682 19.1 3.46 84 35.5 % 3,577,107 0.36 % 2,772,242,535 36
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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North Korea Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationDPRK
Global Rank
2020 25,840,863 0.47 % 119,389 -2,031 35.3 1.89 215 61.7 % 15,942,149 0.33 % 7,795,482,309 54
2025 26,350,877 0.39 % 102,003 -2,031 36.4 1.86 219 63.1 % 16,620,682 0.32 % 8,185,613,757 56
2030 26,743,895 0.30 % 78,604 -2,031 37.7 1.83 222 64.7 % 17,308,228 0.31 % 8,551,198,644 58
2035 26,971,999 0.17 % 45,621 -2,031 39.1 1.81 224 66.6 % 17,965,681 0.30 % 8,892,701,940 61
2040 27,034,528 0.05 % 12,506 -2,031 40.3 1.79 225 68.6 % 18,548,528 0.29 % 9,210,337,004 64
2045 26,967,265 -0.05 % -13,453 -2,031 41.4 1.78 224 70.7 % 19,059,279 0.28 % 9,504,209,572 65
2050 26,808,680 -0.12 % -31,717 -2,031 42.1 1.78 223 72.8 % 19,506,891 0.27 % 9,771,822,753 67
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

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Notes

The North Korea Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of North Korea delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of North Korea (1950 - 2017) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2017.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2017. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2017: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2017: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by North Korea in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.


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