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Korea, North Demographics Profile 2019

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Population
25,381,085 (July 2018 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 20.65% (male 2,669,357 /female 2,571,195)
15-24 years: 15.35% (male 1,959,440 /female 1,935,607)
25-54 years: 44.17% (male 5,627,175 /female 5,583,008)
55-64 years: 10.34% (male 1,241,473 /female 1,383,444)
65 years and over: 9.5% (male 826,101 /female 1,584,285) (2018 est.)
Dependency ratios
total dependency ratio: 44.5 (2015 est.)
youth dependency ratio: 30.5 (2015 est.)
elderly dependency ratio: 14 (2015 est.)
potential support ratio: 7.1 (2015 est.)
Median age
total: 34.2 years (2018 est.)
male: 32.7 years
female: 35.8 years
Population growth rate
0.52% (2018 est.)
Birth rate
14.6 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Death rate
9.3 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Net migration rate
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2018 est.)
Urbanization
urban population: 62.1% of total population (2019)
rate of urbanization: 0.82% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - population
3.061 million PYONGYANG (capital) (2019)
Sex ratio
at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.9 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.52 male(s)/female
total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2018 est.)
Infant mortality rate
total: 21.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
male: 23.8 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 18.9 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 71 years (2018 est.)
male: 67.2 years
female: 75 years
Total fertility rate
1.94 children born/woman (2018 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate
78.2% (2014)

note: percent of women aged 20-49

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths
NA
Drinking water source
improved: urban: 99.9% of population
rural: 99.4% of population
total: 99.7% of population
unimproved: urban: 0.1% of population
rural: 0.6% of population
total: 0.3% of population (2015 est.)
Sanitation facility access
improved: urban: 87.9% of population (2015 est.)
rural: 72.5% of population (2015 est.)
total: 81.9% of population (2015 est.)
unimproved: urban: 12.1% of population (2015 est.)
rural: 27.5% of population (2015 est.)
total: 18.1% of population (2015 est.)
Nationality
noun: Korean(s)
adjective: Korean
Ethnic groups
racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese
Religions
traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)

note: autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom

Languages
Korean
Literacy
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2015 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2015)
Education expenditures
NA
Maternal mortality rate
89 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight
9.3% (2017)
Physicians density
3.67 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
Hospital bed density
13.2 beds/1,000 population (2012)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate
6.8% (2016)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on December 7, 2019

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