(measure: people per square km; Source: Food and Agriculture Organization)
* indicates monthly or quarterly data series
South Korea: Population density, people per square km
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 1961 to 2018. The average value for South Korea during that period was 428 people per square km with a minimum of 267 people per square km in 1961 and a maximum of 530 people per square km in 2018.
The latest value from 2018 is 530 people per square km. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 193
countries is 371 people per square km.
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Definition: Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.