South Korea Urban Population 1960-2022

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 2020 was 42,156,641, a 0.12% increase from 2019.
  • 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.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Urban Population
United States 272,364,755
Japan 115,494,817
Germany 64,472,284
United Kingdom 56,395,647
France 54,570,334
Italy 42,306,582
South Korea 42,156,641
Argentina 41,796,990
Spain 38,264,801
Canada 30,997,832
Saudi Arabia 29,343,564
Poland 22,786,800
Australia 22,152,761
Chile 16,770,077
Netherlands 16,087,009
Belgium 11,334,006
Sweden 9,108,648
UAE 8,609,395
Greece 8,541,900
Israel 8,533,651
Czech Republic 7,923,709
Hong Kong 7,481,800
Hungary 7,014,174
Portugal 6,833,619
Switzerland 6,383,962
Singapore 5,685,807
Austria 5,238,680
Denmark 5,138,400
Finland 4,729,705
Norway 4,463,566
New Zealand 4,408,037
Oman 4,405,789
Kuwait 4,270,563
Uruguay 3,317,930
Ireland 3,179,292
Puerto Rico 2,989,009
Panama 2,951,905
Slovak Republic 2,934,665
Qatar 2,859,020
Croatia 2,329,285
Lithuania 1,901,682
Bahrain 1,523,019
Latvia 1,299,043
Slovenia 1,157,547
Estonia 921,477
Cyprus 806,771
Trinidad and Tobago 744,725
Macao 649,342
Luxembourg 578,234
Malta 497,676
Iceland 344,066
Brunei 342,330
Bahamas 327,359
New Caledonia 194,500
French Polynesia 174,090
Guam 160,239
Curacao 138,059
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 101,974
Barbados 89,634
Andorra 67,928
Cayman Islands 65,720
Bermuda 63,903
Seychelles 56,661
Channel Islands 53,832
Northern Mariana Islands 52,836
Greenland 49,198
Aruba 46,654
Isle of Man 44,980
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 40,812
Monaco 39,244
Turks and Caicos Islands 36,242
Gibraltar 33,691
San Marino 33,089
Antigua and Barbuda 23,927
Faroe Islands 20,718
St. Kitts and Nevis 16,406
British Virgin Islands 14,669
Palau 14,652
Liechtenstein 5,498
South Korea Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2020 42,156,641 81.41 0.12%
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 %