Gwangju, South 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 Gwangju, South Korea metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Gwangju in 2020 is 1,522,000, a 0.2% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Gwangju in 2019 was 1,519,000, a 0.07% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Gwangju in 2018 was 1,518,000, a 0.4% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Gwangju in 2017 was 1,512,000, a 0.33% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in South Korea
City Name Population
Seoul 9,963,000
Busan 3,465,000
Incheon 2,801,000
Daegu 2,199,000
Daejon 1,566,000
Gwangju 1,522,000
Suweon 1,311,000
Yongin 1,083,000
Goyang 1,069,000
Changwon 1,056,000
Seongnam 944,000
Ulsan 910,000
Bucheon 832,000
Ansan 761,000
Cheongju 717,000
Cheonan 680,000
Jeonju 663,000
Anyang 568,000
Siheung 440,000
Uijeongbu 424,000
Gumi 387,000
Pohang 359,000
Gwangmyeong 346,000
Jeju 343,000
Gimhae 314,000
Gwangju - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 1,522,000 0.20%
2019 1,519,000 0.07%
2018 1,518,000 0.40%
2017 1,512,000 0.33%
2016 1,507,000 0.40%
2015 1,501,000 0.33%
2014 1,496,000 0.40%
2013 1,490,000 0.34%
2012 1,485,000 0.41%
2011 1,479,000 0.54%
2010 1,471,000 0.82%
2009 1,459,000 0.90%
2008 1,446,000 0.84%
2007 1,434,000 0.84%
2006 1,422,000 0.92%
2005 1,409,000 0.86%
2004 1,397,000 0.94%
2003 1,384,000 0.95%
2002 1,371,000 0.88%
2001 1,359,000 1.19%
2000 1,343,000 1.74%
1999 1,320,000 1.69%
1998 1,298,000 1.72%
1997 1,276,000 1.75%
1996 1,254,000 1.70%
1995 1,233,000 1.73%
1994 1,212,000 1.68%
1993 1,192,000 1.71%
1992 1,172,000 1.74%
1991 1,152,000 2.67%
1990 1,122,000 4.66%
1989 1,072,000 4.59%
1988 1,025,000 4.59%
1987 980,000 4.59%
1986 937,000 4.58%
1985 896,000 4.55%
1984 857,000 4.64%
1983 819,000 4.46%
1982 784,000 4.67%
1981 749,000 4.17%
1980 719,000 3.60%
1979 694,000 3.74%
1978 669,000 3.56%
1977 646,000 3.69%
1976 623,000 3.66%
1975 601,000 4.34%
1974 576,000 4.16%
1973 553,000 4.14%
1972 531,000 4.32%
1971 509,000 4.52%
1970 487,000 5.18%
1969 463,000 4.99%
1968 441,000 5.25%
1967 419,000 5.01%
1966 399,000 4.45%
1965 382,000 4.37%
1964 366,000 4.27%
1963 351,000 4.46%
1962 336,000 4.35%
1961 322,000 4.89%
1960 307,000 5.86%
1959 290,000 5.84%
1958 274,000 5.79%
1957 259,000 5.71%
1956 245,000 6.06%
1955 231,000 5.96%
1954 218,000 5.83%
1953 206,000 5.64%
1952 195,000 5.98%
1951 184,000 5.75%
1950 174,000 0.00%