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Population of Korea print

The population of Korea today, both North and South combined, is estimated to be around 70-80 million. (Please note that hereinafter, the article will discuss only South Korea, and Korea will refer to the Republic of Korea.) According to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, as of April 2014, the total population of Korea is 51,202,130. In terms of population density, there are 513 people per sq. km.

Out of the total population, 10,137,313 people, or roughly 20% of the population, live in Seoul. Other large and economically advanced cities such as Busan (population of 3,523,386), Incheon (2,889,258), Daegu (2,499,880), Daejeon (1,535,367), Gwangju (1,471,850) and Ulsan (1,159,234) have a higher population density than other cities in Korea.

[Data credit: Ministry of Security and Public Administration ( (Korean, English)] *The information above is based on the population registered with the Resident Registration System, which means there can be a discrepancy between the reported numbers and the actual number of people living in Korea.

Last updated on May 16, 2014

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