Republic of Korea

Decennial Population

year population est.
1950 19,211,386
1960 25,074,028
1970 31,437,141
1980 37,451,085
1990 42,972,254
2000 46,206,271
2010 49,090,041
2020 51,251,486
2025 51,982,344
2050 50,593,094
2075 43,699,073
2100 38,503,824
source: UN - WPP 2015 Revision (medium).

General Information


Official name the Republic of Korea
Capital Seoul
Region Eastern Asia
ISO code KR
Statistical agency National Statistical Office


Administrative units

codeadministrative unitsnative namecapital [native name]area in
sq.km.
population
2000-11-01
census
population
2010-11-01
census
population
2013-12-31
estimate
11Seoul - Metro city서울특별시Seoul [Soul]605.409,895,2179,708,48310,143,645
21Busan - Metro city부산광역시Busan [Pusan]764.433,662,8843,403,1353,527,635
22Daegu - Metro city대구광역시Daegu [Taegu]884.462,480,5782,444,0852,501,588
23Incheon - Metro city인천광역시Incheon994.122,475,1392,637,6522,879,782
24Gwangju - Metro city광주광역시Gwangju501.411,352,7971,469,2931,472,910
25Daejeon - Metro city대전광역시Daejeon [Taejon]539.781,368,2071,495,4531,532,811
26Ulsan - Metro city울산광역시Ulsan1,057.141,014,4281,081,9851,156,480
29Sejong Special Autonomous City세종특별자치시Sejong361.4880,03180,602122,153
31Gyeonggi-do경기도Suwon10,130.868,984,13411,270,35812,234,630
32Gangwon-do강원도Chunchon16,613.461,487,0111,456,2071,542,263
33Chungcheongbuk-do충청북도Chongju7,431.441,466,5671,503,9581,572,732
34Chungcheongnam-do충청남도Daejeon8,236.461,765,2901,929,5482,047,631
35Jeollabuk-do전라북도Chonju8,054.621,890,6691,754,5511,872,965
36Jeollanam-do전라남도Gwangju12,073.461,996,4561,718,5161,907,172
37Gyeongsangbuk-do경상북도Daegu19,025.962,724,9312,583,0972,699,440
38Gyeongsangnam-do경상남도Chang-won10,520.822,978,5023,153,8663,333,820
39Jeju-do제주특별자치도Jeju1,848.27513,260528,383593,806
 total  99,646.1646,136,10148,219,17251,141,463
source: National Statistical Office, Rep. of Korea.
note: there are more ways to romanize Korean, above one can see the system as designed by the Korean government and in use since 2000.

Main cities

namenative namepopulation
2000-11-01
census
population
2005-11-01
census
population
2010-11-01
census
Seoul서울특별시9,895,2179,820,1719,708,483
Busan (Pusan)부산광역시3,662,8843,523,5823,403,135
Incheon인천광역시2,475,1392,531,2802,637,652
Daegu (Taegu)대구광역시2,480,5782,464,5472,444,085
Daejeon (Taejon)대전광역시1,368,2071,442,8561,495,453
Gwangju (Kwangju)광주광역시1,352,7971,417,7161,469,293
Ulsan울산광역시1,014,4281,049,1771,081,985
Suwon수원시946,7041,044,1131,064,951
Changwon창원시1,079,3591,079,8371,062,731
Seongnam성남시914,590934,984951,424
Goyang고양시763,971866,846897,174
Yongin용인시386,124689,691852,505
Bucheon부천시761,389838,801847,841
Ansan안산시562,920681,590722,598
Cheongju청주시586,700642,805667,726
Jeonju전주시616,468623,298643,079
Anyang안양시580,544612,423603,184
Cheonan천안시417,835521,887574,022
Namyangju남양주시340,932426,087523,301
Pohang포항시515,714489,698510,079
Gimhae김해시331,979431,778493,643
Hwaseong화성시189,467288,718477,241
Uijeongbu의정부시355,380398,870413,463
Gumi구미시341,550383,786400,642
Siheung시흥시305,268389,638399,643
Jeju제주시367,364391,916399,416
Pyeongtaek평택시345,306378,438381,009
Jinju진주시339,791337,242337,230
Gwangmyeong광명시334,089320,268329,727
Paju파주시178,434242,241319,167
Wonju원주시268,352284,360310,617
Iksan익산시323,687308,144293,732
Asan아산시180,763208,415277,553
Gunpo군포시263,760270,042276,761
Chuncheon춘천시252,547260,887273,737
Yeosu여수시303,233277,995267,921
Gyeongsan경산시228,206242,297265,569
Suncheon순천시265,930262,120256,948
Gunsan군산시272,715250,011256,755
Gyeongju경주시275,842267,872254,238
Yangsan양산시191,975217,154250,387
source: National Statistical Office, Rep. of Korea.