Korea - Urban population

The value for Urban population in Korea was 42,324,860 as of 2016. As the graph below shows, over the past 56 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 42,324,860 in 2016 and a minimum value of 6,930,929 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 6,930,929
1961 7,351,204
1962 7,811,004
1963 8,289,479
1964 8,779,189
1965 9,286,249
1966 9,815,880
1967 10,537,110
1968 11,362,680
1969 12,225,300
1970 13,123,310
1971 13,896,560
1972 14,639,180
1973 15,391,090
1974 16,159,310
1975 16,946,390
1976 17,823,530
1977 18,743,340
1978 19,679,810
1979 20,636,700
1980 21,623,800
1981 22,617,090
1982 23,619,800
1983 24,621,920
1984 25,577,370
1985 26,473,130
1986 27,480,870
1987 28,537,080
1988 29,585,370
1989 30,626,130
1990 31,656,390
1991 32,459,660
1992 33,169,700
1993 33,872,970
1994 34,575,770
1995 35,280,300
1996 35,810,620
1997 36,259,670
1998 36,633,450
1999 37,006,180
2000 37,428,330
2001 37,867,710
2002 38,258,250
2003 38,626,120
2004 38,947,800
2005 39,195,730
2006 39,490,770
2007 39,740,940
2008 40,093,880
2009 40,351,070
2010 40,602,660
2011 40,966,520
2012 41,234,660
2013 41,477,260
2014 41,794,950
2015 42,074,070
2016 42,324,860

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