South Korea Population (LIVE)

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South Korea Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Grentity_mediumowth Rate (%)
  • The current population of the Republic of Korea is 51,234,440 as of Sunday, September 15, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • South Korea population is equivalent to 0.66% of the total world population.
  • South Korea ranks number 28 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in South Korea is 527 per Km2 (1,365 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 97,230 Km2 (37,541 sq. miles)
  • 81.6 % of the population is urban (41,805,375 people in 2019)
  • The median age in South Korea is 41.4 years.

Population of South 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 PopulationSouth Korea
Global Rank
2019 51,225,308 0.10 % 53,602 11,731 41.4 1.21 527 81.6 % 41,805,375 0.66 % 7,713,468,100 28
2018 51,171,706 0.15 % 75,291 11,731 41.4 1.21 526 81.4 % 41,678,226 0.67 % 7,631,091,040 28
2017 51,096,415 0.22 % 112,958 11,731 41.4 1.21 526 81.3 % 41,552,264 0.68 % 7,547,858,925 27
2016 50,983,457 0.32 % 160,364 11,731 41.4 1.21 524 81.3 % 41,426,777 0.68 % 7,464,022,049 27
2015 50,823,093 0.51 % 255,491 80,237 40.8 1.23 523 81.3 % 41,301,851 0.69 % 7,379,797,139 27
2010 49,545,636 0.34 % 168,913 -31,309 38.0 1.17 510 81.9 % 40,601,614 0.71 % 6,956,823,603 26
2005 48,701,073 0.55 % 264,366 16,245 34.8 1.21 501 81.4 % 39,622,010 0.74 % 6,541,907,027 25
2000 47,379,241 0.90 % 417,34431,886 31.9 1.50 487 79.6 % 37,729,427 0.77 % 6,143,493,823 24
1995 45,292,522 1.08 % 474,821 14,284 29.3 1.68 466 78.2 % 35,441,319 0.79 % 5,744,212,979 24
1990 42,918,419 1.02 % 422,803 34,116 27.0 1.57 441 73.9 % 31,696,103 0.81 % 5,327,231,061 24
1985 40,804,402 1.41 % 551,759 18,578 24.3 2.23 420 64.9 % 26,474,831 0.84 % 4,870,921,740 23
1980 38,045,607 1.46 % 533,389 -33,027 22.1 2.92 391 56.7 % 21,582,191 0.85 % 4,458,003,514 23
1975 35,378,661 1.90 % 636,596 -41,988 19.9 4.00 364 48.0 % 16,997,155 0.87 % 4,079,480,606 23
1970 32,195,681 2.19 % 660,025 -16,369 19.0 4.65 331 40.7 % 13,110,502 0.87 % 3,700,437,046 24
1965 28,895,558 2.67 % 713,209 86,590 18.9 5.65 297 32.4 % 9,351,713 0.87 % 3,339,583,597 24
1960 25,329,515 3.32 % 762,989 62,079 18.6 6.33 261 27.7 % 7,022,058 0.83 % 3,034,949,748 24
1955 21,514,570 2.29 % 460,637 86,590 18.9 5.65 221 24.4 % 5,251,885 0.78 % 2,773,019,936 24
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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 51,269,185 0.17 % 89,218 11,731 43.7 1.11 527 81.8 % 41,934,110 0.66 % 7,794,798,739 208
2025 51,339,377 0.03 % 14,038 20,000 46.5 1.11 528 83.0 % 42,587,468 0.63 % 8,184,437,460 29
2030 51,152,046 -0.07 % -37,466 30,001 49.1 1.11 526 84.5 % 43,241,435 0.60 % 8,548,487,400 31
2035 50,685,006 -0.18 % -93,408 30,001 51.4 1.11 521 86.3 % 43,761,621 0.57 % 8,887,524,213 34
2040 49,783,734 -0.36 % -180,254 30,001 53.4 1.11 512 88.4 % 44,014,618 0.54 % 9,198,847,240 37
2045 48,479,724 -0.53 % -260,802 30,001 54.9 1.11 499 90.7 % 43,976,623 0.51 % 9,481,803,274 38
2050 46,829,925 -0.69 % -329,960 30,001 56.5 1.11 482 93.1 % 43,616,033 0.48 % 9,735,033,990 43
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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 - 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 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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