South Korea 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 South Korea population from 1950 to 2020. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Korea in 2020 is 51,269,185, a 0.09% increase from 2019.
  • The population of South Korea in 2019 was 51,225,308, a 0.1% increase from 2018.
  • The population of South Korea in 2018 was 51,171,706, a 0.15% increase from 2017.
  • The population of South Korea in 2017 was 51,096,415, a 0.22% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Similar Countries Ranked by Population
Country Name 2020 Population
United States 331,002,651
Japan 126,476,461
Germany 83,783,942
United Kingdom 67,886,011
France 65,273,511
Italy 60,461,826
South Korea 51,269,185
Spain 46,754,778
Argentina 45,195,774
Poland 37,846,611
Canada 37,742,154
Saudi Arabia 34,813,871
Australia 25,499,884
Taiwan 23,816,775
Chile 19,116,201
Netherlands 17,134,872
Belgium 11,589,623
Greece 10,423,054
Portugal 10,196,709
Sweden 10,099,265
UAE 9,890,402
Hungary 9,660,351
Austria 9,006,398
Israel 8,655,535
Switzerland 8,654,622
Hong Kong 7,496,981
Singapore 5,850,342
Denmark 5,792,202
Finland 5,540,720
Norway 5,421,241
Oman 5,106,626
Ireland 4,937,786
New Zealand 4,822,233
Panama 4,314,767
Kuwait 4,270,571
Croatia 4,105,267
Uruguay 3,473,730
Qatar 2,881,053
Puerto Rico 2,860,853
Lithuania 2,722,289
Slovenia 2,078,938
Latvia 1,886,198
Bahrain 1,701,575
Trinidad and Tobago 1,399,488
Estonia 1,326,535
Cyprus 1,207,359
Macao 649,335
Luxembourg 625,978
Malta 441,543
Bahamas 393,244
Iceland 341,243
Barbados 287,375
New Caledonia 285,498
French Polynesia 280,908
Channel Islands 173,863
Guam 168,775
Curacao 164,093
Aruba 106,766
Seychelles 98,347
Antigua and Barbuda 97,929
Isle of Man 85,033
Andorra 77,265
Cayman Islands 65,722
Bermuda 62,278
Northern Mariana Islands 57,559
Greenland 56,770
Faroe Islands 48,863
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 42,876
Monaco 39,242
Turks and Caicos Islands 38,717
Liechtenstein 38,128
San Marino 33,931
Gibraltar 33,691
British Virgin Islands 30,231
Palau 18,094
South Korea - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 51,269,185 0.09%
2019 51,225,308 0.10%
2018 51,171,706 0.15%
2017 51,096,415 0.22%
2016 50,983,457 0.32%
2015 50,823,093 0.43%
2014 50,607,907 0.52%
2013 50,345,717 0.57%
2012 50,060,639 0.55%
2011 49,786,159 0.49%
2010 49,545,636 0.40%
2009 49,347,461 0.34%
2008 49,182,456 0.30%
2007 49,034,810 0.32%
2006 48,880,451 0.37%
2005 48,701,073 0.43%
2004 48,493,441 0.48%
2003 48,260,897 0.54%
2002 47,999,547 0.61%
2001 47,706,224 0.69%
2000 47,379,241 0.77%
1999 47,016,957 0.85%
1998 46,620,691 0.92%
1997 46,196,054 0.97%
1996 45,751,022 1.01%
1995 45,292,522 1.05%
1994 44,820,073 1.09%
1993 44,335,028 1.11%
1992 43,848,218 1.10%
1991 43,373,151 1.06%
1990 42,918,419 1.01%
1989 42,491,198 0.96%
1988 42,086,662 0.96%
1987 41,686,560 1.02%
1986 41,265,113 1.13%
1985 40,804,402 1.26%
1984 40,296,228 1.38%
1983 39,747,794 1.46%
1982 39,175,212 1.48%
1981 38,602,289 1.46%
1980 38,045,607 1.42%
1979 37,511,315 1.40%
1978 36,992,188 1.42%
1977 36,475,413 1.48%
1976 35,942,029 1.59%
1975 35,378,661 1.72%
1974 34,780,882 1.84%
1973 34,154,087 1.93%
1972 33,506,523 2.00%
1971 32,850,720 2.03%
1970 32,195,681 2.07%
1969 31,543,835 2.11%
1968 30,891,965 2.17%
1967 30,236,697 2.25%
1966 29,572,556 2.34%
1965 28,895,558 2.43%
1964 28,209,731 2.52%
1963 27,517,544 2.63%
1962 26,812,086 2.79%
1961 26,084,031 2.98%
1960 25,329,515 3.16%
1959 24,552,840 3.31%
1958 23,765,504 3.40%
1957 22,984,010 3.40%
1956 22,227,334 3.31%
1955 21,514,570 3.12%
1954 20,864,105 2.81%
1953 20,293,202 2.40%
1952 19,817,786 1.88%
1951 19,452,636 1.26%
1950 19,211,385 0.00%