Pyongyang, North Korea Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Pyongyang, North Korea metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Pyongyang in 2020 is 3,084,000, a 0.75% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Pyongyang in 2019 was 3,061,000, a 0.76% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Pyongyang in 2018 was 3,038,000, a 0.76% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Pyongyang in 2017 was 3,015,000, a 0.74% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in North Korea
City Name Population
Pyongyang 3,084,000
Chongjin 642,000
Hamhung 549,000
Wonsan 353,000
Sinuiju 326,000
Pyongyang - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 3,084,000 0.75%
2019 3,061,000 0.76%
2018 3,038,000 0.76%
2017 3,015,000 0.74%
2016 2,993,000 0.77%
2015 2,970,000 0.75%
2014 2,948,000 0.75%
2013 2,926,000 0.76%
2012 2,904,000 0.76%
2011 2,882,000 0.73%
2010 2,861,000 0.77%
2009 2,839,000 0.60%
2008 2,822,000 0.21%
2007 2,816,000 0.18%
2006 2,811,000 0.21%
2005 2,805,000 0.21%
2004 2,799,000 0.18%
2003 2,794,000 0.22%
2002 2,788,000 0.18%
2001 2,783,000 0.22%
2000 2,777,000 0.18%
1999 2,772,000 0.22%
1998 2,766,000 0.18%
1997 2,761,000 0.22%
1996 2,755,000 0.22%
1995 2,749,000 0.18%
1994 2,744,000 1.29%
1993 2,709,000 2.34%
1992 2,647,000 2.36%
1991 2,586,000 2.38%
1990 2,526,000 2.35%
1989 2,468,000 2.36%
1988 2,411,000 2.38%
1987 2,355,000 3.56%
1986 2,274,000 3.60%
1985 2,195,000 3.54%
1984 2,120,000 3.62%
1983 2,046,000 3.54%
1982 1,976,000 3.56%
1981 1,908,000 3.58%
1980 1,842,000 6.47%
1979 1,730,000 6.40%
1978 1,626,000 6.48%
1977 1,527,000 6.41%
1976 1,435,000 6.45%
1975 1,348,000 6.39%
1974 1,267,000 6.47%
1973 1,190,000 6.44%
1972 1,118,000 6.48%
1971 1,050,000 6.38%
1970 987,000 6.47%
1969 927,000 6.43%
1968 871,000 5.32%
1967 827,000 3.63%
1966 798,000 3.77%
1965 769,000 3.64%
1964 742,000 3.78%
1963 715,000 3.62%
1962 690,000 3.76%
1961 665,000 2.94%
1960 646,000 2.38%
1959 631,000 2.27%
1958 617,000 2.15%
1957 604,000 2.37%
1956 590,000 2.25%
1955 577,000 2.30%
1954 564,000 2.17%
1953 552,000 2.22%
1952 540,000 2.27%
1951 528,000 2.33%
1950 516,000 0.00%