South Korea Population (LIVE)

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South Korea Population (1950 - 2018)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the Republic of Korea is 51,037,031 as of Thursday, October 19, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • South Korea population is equivalent to 0.68% of the total world population.
  • South Korea ranks number 27 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in South Korea is 524 per Km2 (1,358 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 97,230 Km2 (37,541 sq. miles)
  • 81.4 % of the population is urban (41,511,797 people in 2017)
  • The median age in South Korea is 41.3 years.

Population of South 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 PopulationSouth Korea
Global Rank
2018 51,164,435 0.36 % 182,223 40,000 41.3 1.25 526 81.1 % 41,740,471 0.67 % 7,632,819,325 27
2017 50,982,212 0.37 % 190,293 40,000 41.3 1.25 524 81.4 % 41,511,797 0.68 % 7,550,262,101 27
2016 50,791,919 0.39 % 198,257 40,000 41.3 1.25 522 81.3 % 41,275,898 0.68 % 7,466,964,280 27
2015 50,593,662 0.42 % 208,161 33,927 40.8 1.23 520 81.1 % 41,031,163 0.69 % 7,383,008,820 27
2010 49,552,855 0.34 % 168,872 -31,307 38.0 1.17 510 80.1 % 39,701,200 0.71 % 6,958,169,159 26
2005 48,708,497 0.55 % 264,437 16,258 34.8 1.21 501 78.5 % 38,259,141 0.74 % 6,542,159,383 25
2000 47,386,312 0.91 % 417,54031,868 31.9 1.50 487 77.3 % 36,607,487 0.77 % 6,145,006,989 24
1995 45,298,611 1.08 % 475,096 14,301 29.3 1.68 466 77.1 % 34,936,193 0.79 % 5,751,474,416 24
1990 42,923,131 1.02 % 422,912 34,125 26.9 1.57 441 73.9 % 31,732,377 0.81 % 5,330,943,460 24
1985 40,808,569 1.41 % 551,629 18,607 24.3 2.23 420 64.4 % 26,275,888 0.84 % 4,873,781,796 23
1980 38,050,424 1.46 % 532,783 -33,029 22.1 2.92 391 55.8 % 21,242,246 0.85 % 4,458,411,534 23
1975 35,386,507 1.90 % 635,439 -41,981 19.9 4.00 364 47.1 % 16,673,688 0.87 % 4,079,087,198 23
1970 32,209,314 2.19 % 660,449 -9,729 19.0 4.65 331 39.7 % 12,796,196 0.87 % 3,700,577,650 24
1965 28,907,071 2.67 % 713,231 0 18.9 5.65 297 31.8 % 9,185,316 0.87 % 3,339,592,688 24
1960 25,340,918 3.31 % 761,917 83,858 18.6 6.33 261 27.4 % 6,948,101 0.84 % 3,033,212,527 24
1955 21,531,331 2.31 % 463,989 0 18.9 5.65 221 24.0 % 5,163,411 0.78 % 2,772,242,535 24
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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South Korea Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth Korea
Global Rank
2020 51,506,975 0.36 % 182,663 40,000 43.4 1.32 530 81.9 % 42,185,366 0.66 % 7,795,482,309 28
2025 52,219,340 0.28 % 142,473 40,000 45.6 1.40 537 82.8 % 43,232,042 0.64 % 8,185,613,757 29
2030 52,701,817 0.18 % 96,495 40,000 47.8 1.46 542 83.7 % 44,113,850 0.62 % 8,551,198,644 32
2035 52,805,846 0.04 % 20,806 40,000 49.7 1.52 543 84.7 % 44,726,201 0.59 % 8,892,701,940 32
2040 52,409,408 -0.15 % -79,288 40,000 51.1 1.57 539 85.9 % 45,010,625 0.57 % 9,210,337,004 37
2045 51,586,184 -0.32 % -164,645 40,000 52.6 1.60 531 87.2 % 44,985,253 0.54 % 9,504,209,572 38
2050 50,456,832 -0.44 % -225,870 40,000 53.9 1.63 519 88.6 % 44,708,783 0.52 % 9,771,822,753 41
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 South Korea Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of the Republic of Korea delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of South 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 South 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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