Dem. People's Rep. Korea - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Dem. People's Rep. Korea was 15,487,040 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 15,487,040 in 2016 and a minimum value of 4,591,948 in 1960.

Definition: 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.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects.

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Year Value
1960 4,591,948
1961 4,801,792
1962 5,002,265
1963 5,202,147
1964 5,416,792
1965 5,657,804
1966 5,928,685
1967 6,225,377
1968 6,670,524
1969 7,230,596
1970 7,810,437
1971 8,101,104
1972 8,395,298
1973 8,685,964
1974 8,965,387
1975 9,227,778
1976 9,393,163
1977 9,537,097
1978 9,668,482
1979 9,800,200
1980 9,941,648
1981 10,115,490
1982 10,300,540
1983 10,493,290
1984 10,688,400
1985 10,881,600
1986 11,071,100
1987 11,258,890
1988 11,448,170
1989 11,643,560
1990 11,847,900
1991 12,062,740
1992 12,285,860
1993 12,509,840
1994 12,717,850
1995 12,902,690
1996 13,068,440
1997 13,217,340
1998 13,354,500
1999 13,487,800
2000 13,622,620
2001 13,761,350
2002 13,901,660
2003 14,040,270
2004 14,172,920
2005 14,295,890
2006 14,408,750
2007 14,512,780
2008 14,610,820
2009 14,706,680
2010 14,806,600
2011 14,911,500
2012 15,020,780
2013 15,133,760
2014 15,249,400
2015 15,367,230
2016 15,487,040

Development Relevance: Explosive growth of cities globally signifies the demographic transition from rural to urban, and is associated with shifts from an agriculture-based economy to mass industry, technology, and service. In principle, cities offer a more favorable setting for the resolution of social and environmental problems than rural areas. Cities generate jobs and income, and deliver education, health care and other services. Cities also present opportunities for social mobilization and women's empowerment.

Limitations and Exceptions: Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverage. There is no consistent and universally accepted standard for distinguishing urban from rural areas, in part because of the wide variety of situations across countries. Most countries use an urban classification related to the size or characteristics of settlements. Some define urban areas based on the presence of certain infrastructure and services. And other countries designate urban areas based on administrative arrangements. Because of national differences in the characteristics that distinguish urban from rural areas, the distinction between urban and rural population is not amenable to a single definition that would be applicable to all countries. Estimates of the world's urban population would change significantly if China, India, and a few other populous nations were to change their definition of urban centers. Because the estimates of city and metropolitan area are based on national definitions of what constitutes a city or metropolitan area, cross-country comparisons should be made with caution.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. The indicator is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. To estimate urban populations, UN ratios of urban to total population were applied to the World Bank's estimates of total population. Countries differ in the way they classify population as "urban" or "rural." The population of a city or metropolitan area depends on the boundaries chosen.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization