South Korea Rural Population 1960-2024

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • South Korea rural population for 2022 was 9,588,890, a 0.3% decline from 2021.
  • South Korea rural population for 2021 was 9,617,303, a 0.18% decline from 2020.
  • South Korea rural population for 2020 was 9,634,283, a 0.22% increase from 2019.
  • South Korea rural population for 2019 was 9,612,727, a 0.51% increase from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Rural Population
United States 56,378,923
Germany 18,730,526
Italy 16,705,485
Poland 14,679,358
France 12,568,575
United Kingdom 10,448,877
Japan 10,066,305
South Korea 9,588,890
Spain 8,932,638
Canada 7,103,929
Saudi Arabia 5,559,991
Austria 3,684,012
Argentina 3,538,352
Australia 3,513,869
Portugal 3,395,541
Czech Republic 2,734,517
Hungary 2,646,824
Slovak Republic 2,503,549
Chile 2,369,699
Switzerland 2,273,624
Greece 2,048,160
Ireland 1,836,398
Croatia 1,610,908
Panama 1,360,444
Netherlands 1,259,248
Sweden 1,206,837
UAE 1,176,081
Slovenia 934,533
Lithuania 892,957
Norway 891,476
Finland 795,579
Trinidad and Tobago 714,385
Israel 691,676
Denmark 686,700
New Zealand 672,077
Latvia 591,254
Oman 560,597
Cyprus 414,105
Estonia 409,926
Belgium 215,837
Puerto Rico 205,872
Barbados 193,416
Bahrain 151,007
Uruguay 147,591
Channel Islands 119,980
French Polynesia 115,865
Brunei 94,946
New Caledonia 74,507
Antigua and Barbuda 70,935
Bahamas 67,680
Aruba 59,554
Luxembourg 53,025
Seychelles 49,874
Isle of Man 39,495
Liechtenstein 33,610
St. Kitts and Nevis 32,888
Faroe Islands 30,379
Malta 27,220
Iceland 22,951
Qatar 18,381
Curacao 16,462
British Virgin Islands 15,862
Andorra 9,730
Guam 8,432
Greenland 6,954
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4,073
Northern Mariana Islands 3,973
Palau 3,258
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,721
San Marino 763
Gibraltar 0
Kuwait 0
Monaco 0
Singapore 0
Cayman Islands 0
St. Martin (French part) 0
Bermuda 0
Hong Kong 0
Macao 0
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 0
South Korea Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2022 9,588,890 18.57 -0.30%
2021 9,617,303 18.59 -0.18%
2020 9,634,283 18.59 0.22%
2019 9,612,727 18.57 0.50%
2018 9,564,386 18.54 0.67%
2017 9,500,413 18.50 0.60%
2016 9,443,539 18.44 0.79%
2015 9,369,405 18.37 0.93%
2014 9,283,086 18.29 1.02%
2013 9,188,649 18.22 0.85%
2012 9,110,771 18.15 0.92%
2011 9,027,046 18.08 0.84%
2010 8,951,455 18.06 -0.06%
2009 8,956,768 18.17 -0.05%
2008 8,960,824 18.27 0.20%
2007 8,942,697 18.37 -0.05%
2006 8,947,521 18.47 -0.46%
2005 8,988,830 18.66 -1.61%
2004 9,134,717 19.00 -1.43%
2003 9,266,208 19.35 -1.29%
2002 9,386,489 19.70 -1.23%
2001 9,502,455 20.06 -0.81%
2000 9,579,783 20.38 -0.32%
1999 9,610,494 20.62 -0.44%
1998 9,653,050 20.86 -0.42%
1997 9,693,908 21.10 -0.21%
1996 9,714,056 21.34 -1.01%
1995 9,812,686 21.76 -2.55%
1994 10,065,774 22.55 -2.51%
1993 10,321,655 23.36 -2.46%
1992 10,578,257 24.18 -2.41%
1991 10,836,049 25.03 -3.42%
1990 11,212,890 26.16 -5.30%
1989 11,822,906 27.85 -5.14%
1988 12,445,873 29.61 -5.00%
1987 13,084,611 31.44 -4.84%
1986 13,732,808 33.32 -4.28%
1985 14,332,610 35.12 -3.40%
1984 14,828,582 36.70 -3.05%
1983 15,288,478 38.31 -2.70%
1982 15,706,552 39.94 -2.51%
1981 16,106,161 41.59 -2.42%
1980 16,499,970 43.28 -2.38%
1979 16,897,538 45.02 -2.29%
1978 17,289,379 46.77 -2.17%
1977 17,668,459 48.52 -2.00%
1976 18,024,996 50.28 -1.70%
1975 18,334,334 51.97 -1.08%
1974 18,532,955 53.42 -0.96%
1973 18,712,057 54.87 -0.82%
1972 18,866,224 56.31 -0.63%
1971 18,986,144 57.74 -0.69%
1970 19,117,521 59.30 -1.05%
1969 19,318,970 61.24 -0.81%
1968 19,475,621 63.15 -0.61%
1967 19,593,877 65.03 -0.13%
1966 19,619,691 66.65 1.03%
1965 19,418,425 67.65 1.11%
1964 19,204,966 68.63 1.22%
1963 18,972,268 69.59 1.43%
1962 18,702,026 70.54 1.55%
1961 18,414,469 71.47 1.83%
1960 18,081,445 72.29 0.00%