South Korea: Population size

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 South Korea

Population size, in millions

 Latest value 51.63
 Year 2022
 Measure million
 Data availability 1960 - 2022
 Average 41.75
 Min - Max 25.01 - 51.84
 Source United Nations Population Division
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1960 to 2022. The average value for South Korea during that period was 41.75 million with a minimum of 25.01 million in 1960 and a maximum of 51.84 million in 2020. The latest value from 2022 is 51.63 million. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 196 countries is 40.31 million. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Korea - Population size - Recent values chart

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South Korea - Population size - historical chart - 1960-2022




The population size of South Korea and other countries is defined as the number of people living on the territory of the country. It includes domestic born and foreign born residents.
Definition: Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship. The values shown are midyear estimates.

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 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Population size 51.63 2022 million
 Percent urban population 81.43 2022 percent
 Population density 530 2021 people per square km
 Population ages 65 and above 18.38 2023 percent
 Percent children 11.24 2023 percent
 Percent female population 50.10 2023 percent
 Rural population, percent 18.54 2023 percent
 Age dependency ratio 40.97 2022 percent
 Refugee population 3,825 2022 refugees
 Migrant population 3 2015 percent
 Population growth -0.23 2022 percent
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