South Korea Urban Population 1960-2021

Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • South Korea urban population for 2019 was 42,106,719, a 0.16% increase from 2018.
  • South Korea urban population for 2018 was 42,038,247, a 0.42% increase from 2017.
  • South Korea urban population for 2017 was 41,861,498, a 0.21% increase from 2016.
  • South Korea urban population for 2016 was 41,774,264, a 0.31% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Urban Population
United States 270,663,028
Japan 115,782,416
Germany 64,324,835
United Kingdom 55,908,316
France 54,123,364
Italy 42,651,966
South Korea 42,106,719
Argentina 41,339,571
Spain 37,927,409
Canada 30,628,482
Saudi Arabia 28,807,838
Poland 22,796,574
Australia 21,844,756
Chile 16,610,135
Netherlands 15,924,729
Belgium 11,259,082
Sweden 9,021,165
Greece 8,507,474
UAE 8,479,744
Israel 8,374,393
Czech Republic 7,887,156
Hong Kong 7,507,400
Hungary 6,999,582
Portugal 6,753,579
Switzerland 6,332,428
Singapore 5,703,569
Austria 5,194,416
Denmark 5,119,978
Finland 4,716,888
Norway 4,418,218
New Zealand 4,258,860
Oman 4,250,777
Kuwait 4,207,083
Uruguay 3,303,394
Ireland 3,133,123
Puerto Rico 2,988,531
Slovak Republic 2,930,419
Panama 2,890,084
Qatar 2,809,071
Croatia 2,328,318
Lithuania 1,891,013
Bahrain 1,467,109
Latvia 1,304,943
Slovenia 1,144,654
Estonia 916,024
Cyprus 800,708
Trinidad and Tobago 741,944
Macao 640,445
Luxembourg 565,488
Malta 475,902
Iceland 339,110
Brunei 337,711
Bahamas 323,784
New Caledonia 204,637
French Polynesia 172,870
Guam 158,693
Curacao 140,363
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 102,187
Barbados 89,431
Andorra 67,873
Cayman Islands 64,948
Bermuda 63,918
Seychelles 55,762
Channel Islands 53,281
Northern Mariana Islands 52,472
Greenland 48,945
Aruba 46,295
Isle of Man 44,605
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 40,733
Monaco 38,964
Turks and Caicos Islands 35,655
Gibraltar 33,701
San Marino 32,969
Antigua and Barbuda 23,800
Faroe Islands 20,554
St. Kitts and Nevis 16,272
Palau 14,491
British Virgin Islands 14,449
Liechtenstein 5,464
South Korea Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 42,106,719 81.43 0.16%
2018 42,038,247 81.46 0.42%
2017 41,861,498 81.50 0.21%
2016 41,774,264 81.56 0.31%
2015 41,645,542 81.63 0.44%
2014 41,463,573 81.71 0.54%
2013 41,240,244 81.78 0.37%
2012 41,089,082 81.85 0.44%
2011 40,909,592 81.92 0.75%
2010 40,602,657 81.94 0.62%
2009 40,351,067 81.84 0.64%
2008 40,093,884 81.73 0.88%
2007 39,740,941 81.63 0.63%
2006 39,490,771 81.53 0.75%
2005 39,195,731 81.35 0.63%
2004 38,947,802 81.00 0.83%
2003 38,626,122 80.65 0.96%
2002 38,258,247 80.30 1.03%
2001 37,867,709 79.94 1.17%
2000 37,428,328 79.62 1.13%
1999 37,006,183 79.38 1.01%
1998 36,633,453 79.15 1.03%
1997 36,259,672 78.91 1.25%
1996 35,810,625 78.66 1.49%
1995 35,280,305 78.24 2.02%
1994 34,575,766 77.45 2.05%
1993 33,872,973 76.65 2.10%
1992 33,169,705 75.82 2.16%
1991 32,459,655 74.97 2.51%
1990 31,656,393 73.84 3.31%
1989 30,626,132 72.15 3.46%
1988 29,585,374 70.39 3.61%
1987 28,537,079 68.56 3.77%
1986 27,480,866 66.68 3.74%
1985 26,473,134 64.88 3.44%
1984 25,577,374 63.30 3.81%
1983 24,621,925 61.69 4.16%
1982 23,619,800 60.06 4.34%
1981 22,617,087 58.41 4.49%
1980 21,623,805 56.72 4.67%
1979 20,636,698 54.98 4.75%
1978 19,679,806 53.23 4.88%
1977 18,743,336 51.48 5.03%
1976 17,823,527 49.72 5.05%
1975 16,946,391 48.03 4.76%
1974 16,159,311 46.58 4.87%
1973 15,391,092 45.13 5.01%
1972 14,639,182 43.69 5.21%
1971 13,896,560 42.26 5.73%
1970 13,123,306 40.70 7.09%
1969 12,225,296 38.76 7.32%
1968 11,362,681 36.85 7.54%
1967 10,537,106 34.97 7.09%
1966 9,815,880 33.35 5.55%
1965 9,286,249 32.35 5.62%
1964 8,779,189 31.37 5.74%
1963 8,289,479 30.41 5.95%
1962 7,811,004 29.46 6.07%
1961 7,351,204 28.53 5.89%
1960 6,930,929 27.71 %