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 2021 was 42,127,573, a 0.18% decline from 2020.
  • South Korea urban population for 2020 was 42,201,956, a 0.12% increase from 2019.
  • South Korea urban population for 2019 was 42,152,095, a 0.31% increase from 2018.
  • South Korea urban population for 2018 was 42,020,672, a 0.38% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Urban Population
United States 275,050,303
Japan 115,459,909
Germany 64,461,773
United Kingdom 56,656,654
France 54,837,816
Argentina 42,248,949
Italy 42,141,389
South Korea 42,127,573
Spain 38,361,119
Canada 31,229,095
Saudi Arabia 29,865,702
Poland 22,696,950
Australia 22,228,936
Chile 16,871,720
Netherlands 16,231,024
Belgium 11,369,682
Sweden 9,190,703
UAE 8,722,116
Israel 8,677,993
Greece 8,535,707
Czech Republic 7,943,455
Hong Kong 7,413,100
Hungary 7,014,907
Portugal 6,885,061
Switzerland 6,435,967
Singapore 5,453,566
Austria 5,283,757
Denmark 5,167,981
Finland 4,743,470
Oman 4,546,635
Norway 4,506,374
New Zealand 4,445,853
Kuwait 4,328,553
Uruguay 3,331,910
Ireland 3,213,642
Puerto Rico 3,054,454
Panama 3,013,434
Slovak Republic 2,931,708
Qatar 2,909,366
Croatia 2,256,663
Lithuania 1,907,779
Bahrain 1,566,857
Latvia 1,288,478
Slovenia 1,167,851
Estonia 922,702
Cyprus 812,694
Trinidad and Tobago 747,507
Macao 658,391
Luxembourg 585,848
Malta 490,043
Iceland 349,749
Brunei 346,841
Bahamas 330,887
New Caledonia 196,082
French Polynesia 175,358
Guam 161,700
Curacao 135,666
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 101,678
Barbados 89,897
Andorra 67,962
Cayman Islands 66,498
Bermuda 63,867
Seychelles 57,509
Channel Islands 54,347
Northern Mariana Islands 53,213
Greenland 49,575
Aruba 47,022
Isle of Man 45,332
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 42,846
Monaco 39,520
Turks and Caicos Islands 36,807
Gibraltar 33,691
San Marino 33,201
Antigua and Barbuda 24,070
Faroe Islands 20,888
St. Kitts and Nevis 16,549
British Virgin Islands 14,883
Palau 14,809
Liechtenstein 5,536
South Korea Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 42,127,573 81.41 -0.18%
2020 42,201,956 81.41 0.12%
2019 42,152,095 81.43 0.31%
2018 42,020,672 81.46 0.38%
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 %