Republic of Korea Population clock

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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Republic of Korea population 2017

During 2017 Republic of Korea population is projected to increased by 245 247 people and reach 50 916 123 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 183 935. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 61 312 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into Republic of Korea (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Republic of Korea population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Republic of Korea will be increased by 672 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Republic of Korea 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Republic of Korea was estimated to be 50 670 876 people. This is an increase of 0.48 % (244 066 people) compared to population of 50 426 810 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 183 049. Due to external migration, the population increased by 61 016. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.994 (994 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Republic of Korea population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Republic of Korea population density

Republic of Korea population density is 508.1 people per square kilometer as of May 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Republic of Korea divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Republic of Korea. The total area of Republic of Korea is 99 720 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Republic of Korea age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Republic of Korea had the following population age distribution:

15.7 72.9 11.4

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Republic of Korea population pyramid has a contracting type. This type of pyramid is more common for highly developed countries with low birth and death rates. Usually countries with such kind of population age distribution model have long life expectancy, high level of education and good health care.

Source: The estimation data for section "Republic of Korea age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Republic of Korea is 37.1 %.

The value of 37.1 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Republic of Korea must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Republic of Korea is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Republic of Korea is 21.5 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Republic of Korea is 15.7 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Republic of Korea age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Republic of Korea is 79.1 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 75.8 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 82.5 years.

Republic of Korea historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Republic of Korea population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195119 258 062N/A %
195219 435 7990.92 %
195319 772 9651.73 %
195420 249 8352.41 %
195520 844 6062.94 %
195621 533 2613.30 %
195722 289 5723.51 %
195823 085 6303.57 %
195923 892 9073.50 %
196024 684 9073.31 %
196125 441 2853.06 %
196226 151 8252.79 %
196326 819 0912.55 %
196427 456 9752.38 %
196528 081 7982.28 %
196628 699 4522.20 %
196729 306 4072.11 %
196829 905 3802.04 %
196930 507 8252.01 %
197031 124 3322.02 %
197131 762 5132.05 %
197232 423 6662.08 %
197333 097 3582.08 %
197433 763 5422.01 %
197534 402 4471.89 %
197635 001 9081.74 %
197735 561 4751.60 %
197836 094 2001.50 %
197936 622 9191.46 %
198037 170 3681.49 %
198137 748 6691.56 %
198238 356 1091.61 %
198338 980 6911.63 %
198439 604 1591.60 %
198540 207 4091.52 %
198640 780 6951.43 %
198741 323 9241.33 %
198841 836 7121.24 %
198942 315 8771.15 %
199042 759 4791.05 %
199143 165 4850.95 %
199243 533 4430.85 %
199343 869 6960.77 %
199444 186 8760.72 %
199544 497 7620.70 %
199644 810 1700.70 %
199745 125 6430.70 %
199845 441 7540.70 %
199945 753 9380.69 %
200046 057 2890.66 %
200146 349 2980.63 %
200246 630 9520.61 %
200346 906 4150.59 %
200447 181 8530.59 %
200547 463 1590.60 %
200647 753 7530.61 %
200748 053 3530.63 %
200848 357 4520.63 %
200948 658 4390.62 %
201048 948 5390.60 %
201149 223 3670.56 %
201249 482 5720.53 %
201349 727 6040.50 %
201449 960 5790.47 %
201550 183 9200.45 %
201650 426 8100.48 %
201750 670 8760.48 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.