North Korea Population (LIVE)

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North Korea Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of North Korea is 25,716,360 as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • North Korea 2019 population is estimated at 25,666,161 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • North Korea population is equivalent to 0.33% of the total world population.
  • North Korea ranks number 54 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in North Korea is 213 per Km2 (552 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 120,410 Km2 (46,491 sq. miles)
  • 62.3 % of the population is urban (15,985,383 people in 2019)
  • The median age in North Korea is 34.4 years.

Population of North Korea (2019 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
2019 25,666,161 0.46 % 116,557 -5,403 34.4 1.93 213 62.3 % 15,985,383 0.33 % 7,713,468,100 54
2018 25,549,604 0.47 % 119,779 -5,403 34.4 1.93 212 62.0 % 15,852,816 0.33 % 7,631,091,040 52
2017 25,429,825 0.48 % 122,160 -5,403 34.4 1.93 211 61.8 % 15,722,409 0.34 % 7,547,858,925 52
2016 25,307,665 0.49 % 123,832 -5,403 34.4 1.93 210 61.6 % 15,594,374 0.34 % 7,464,022,049 51
2015 25,183,833 0.51 % 126,999 -5,403 34.1 1.93 209 61.4 % 15,468,816 0.34 % 7,379,797,139 51
2010 24,548,836 0.53 % 128,934 -4,936 33.0 1.95 204 60.5 % 14,847,551 0.35 % 6,956,823,603 48
2005 23,904,167 0.84 % 195,018 -3,438 31.5 2.00 199 59.8 % 14,295,919 0.37 % 6,541,907,027 46
2000 22,929,075 0.96 % 213,355-2,786 29.4 2.01 190 59.4 % 13,622,723 0.37 % 6,143,493,823 45
1995 21,862,299 1.50 % 313,849 0 27.3 2.25 182 59.0 % 12,902,762 0.38 % 5,744,212,979 42
1990 20,293,054 1.46 % 283,163 0 25.0 2.36 169 58.4 % 11,847,860 0.38 % 5,327,231,061 41
1985 18,877,238 1.56 % 281,020 0 23.5 2.80 157 57.6 % 10,881,506 0.39 % 4,870,921,740 40
1980 17,472,140 1.43 % 239,480 0 21.8 2.85 145 56.9 % 9,941,648 0.39 % 4,458,003,514 39
1975 16,274,740 2.46 % 372,868 0 19.6 4.00 135 56.7 % 9,227,778 0.40 % 4,079,480,606 37
1970 14,410,400 2.81 % 372,575 0 21.0 4.39 120 54.2 % 7,810,437 0.39 % 3,700,437,046 37
1965 12,547,525 1.89 % 224,670 0 21.1 3.85 104 45.1 % 5,657,767 0.38 % 3,339,583,597 36
1960 11,424,176 2.52 % 267,437 0 19.9 5.12 95 40.2 % 4,591,910 0.38 % 3,034,949,748 36
1955 10,086,991 -0.89 % -92,496 -113,683 19.1 3.46 84 35.5 % 3,577,106 0.36 % 2,773,019,936 36
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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North Korea Population Forecast

-2,031
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 25,778,816 0.47 % 118,997 -5,403 35.3 1.91 214 62.5 % 16,119,904 0.33 % 7,794,798,739 54
2025 26,275,484 0.38 % 99,334 -3,717 36.5 1.91 218 64.0 % 16,815,725 0.32 % 8,184,437,460 56
2030 26,651,329 0.28 % 75,169 -2,031 37.8 1.91 221 65.8 % 17,530,948 0.31 % 8,548,487,400 57
2035 26,843,430 0.14 % 38,420 -2,031 39.1 1.91 223 67.9 % 18,220,460 0.30 % 8,887,524,213 61
2040 26,858,033 0.01 % 2,921 -2,031 40.4 1.91 223 70.2 % 18,860,424 0.29 % 9,198,847,240 63
2045 26,746,916 -0.08 % -22,223 -2,031 41.5 1.91 222 72.6 % 19,422,437 0.28 % 9,481,803,274 64
2050 26,561,619 -0.14 % -37,059   42.1 1.91 221 74.9 % 19,885,471 0.27 % 9,735,033,990 65
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

North Korea Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of North Korea
Life Expectancy
72.89 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
11.2
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
15.0
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
12,608,379 48.91% 13,170,436 51.09% 25,778,816 0.96

Population Pyramid for North Korea (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 2,616,146 51.14% 2,499,215 48.86% 5,115,361 19.84%
15-24 1,950,500 51.10% 1,866,612 48.90% 3,817,112 14.81%
25-54 5,784,728 50.38% 5,696,814 49.62% 11,481,542 44.54%
55-64 1,417,376 47.97% 1,537,438 52.03% 2,954,814 11.46%
65+ 839,629 34.84% 1,570,357 65.16% 2,409,986 9.35%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 5,115,361 19.84% 28.0
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 18,253,468 70.81% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 2,409,986 9.35% 13.2
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
7,525,347 29.19% 41.2

Main Cities by Population in North Korea

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Pyongyang 3,222,000
2 Hamhung 559,056
3 Namp'o 455,000
4 Sunch'on 437,000
5 Hungnam 346,082
6 Kaesong 338,155
7 Wonsan 329,207
8 Chongjin 327,000
9 Sariwon 310,100
10 Sinuiju 288,112
11 Haeju 222,396
12 Kanggye 209,530
13 Hyesan 192,680
14 Songnim 152,425
15 Manp'o 116,760
16 P'yongsong 100,000
17 Hyesan-dong 97,794
18 Yuktae-dong 76,427
19 Hongwon 70,923
20 Rajin 66,224
21 Ongjin 64,247
22 Kilju 63,652
23 Chaeryong-up 53,330
24 Anju 50,196
25 Uiju 50,081
26 Hoeryong 43,831
27 Sungho 1-tong 39,841
28 Changyon 39,368
29 Sunan 36,671
30 Hwangju-up 35,641
31 Kyongsong 35,604
32 Aoji-ri 34,248
33 Nanam 34,055
34 Anbyon-up 31,845
35 Kusong 30,902
36 Chongju 29,065
37 Kangdong-up 28,922
38 Sonbong 27,331
39 Iwon-up 26,364
40 Hukkyo-ri 25,437
41 Kosan 24,822
42 Yonan-up 22,665
43 Namyang-dong 22,218
44 Yonggwang-up 21,882
45 Musan-up 21,739
46 Kowon-up 21,490
47 Hoeyang 21,111
48 T'ongch'on-up 20,575
49 Kapsan-up 20,406
50 Anak 19,995
51 Onsong 19,806
52 Kujang-up 19,522
53 Sil-li 19,463
54 Chunghwa 19,346
55 Samho-rodongjagu 19,025
56 Sinmak 18,669
57 Sakchu-up 18,001
58 Ayang-ni 16,104
59 Sinanju 15,693

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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 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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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