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Korea, North Demographics Profile

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Population
25,643,466 (July 2020 est.)
Age structure
0-14 years: 20.47% (male 2,677,578/female 2,571,118)
15-24 years: 14.68% (male 1,894,091/female 1,869,799)
25-54 years: 44% (male 5,659,446/female 5,624,034)
55-64 years: 11.2% (male 1,369,199/female 1,503,086)
65 years and over: 9.65% (male 859,151/female 1,615,964) (2020 est.)
Dependency ratios
total dependency ratio: 41.2
youth dependency ratio: 28
elderly dependency ratio: 13.2
potential support ratio: 7.6 (2020 est.)
Median age
total: 34.6 years
male: 33.2 years
female: 36.2 years (2020 est.)
Population growth rate
0.51% (2020 est.)
Birth rate
14.5 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Death rate
9.4 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Net migration rate
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
Urbanization
urban population: 62.4% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 0.82% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - population
3.084 million PYONGYANG (capital) (2020)
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: 0.91 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.53 male(s)/female
total population: 94.5 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Infant mortality rate
total: 20 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 22.3 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 17.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
total population: 71.6 years
male: 67.7 years
female: 75.6 years (2020 est.)
Total fertility rate
1.92 children born/woman (2020 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate
70.2% (2017)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths
NA
Drinking water source
improved: urban: 97.2% of population
rural: 90.2% of population
total: 94.5% of population
unimproved: urban: 2.8% of population
rural: 9.8% of population
total: 5.5% of population (2017 est.)
Sanitation facility access
improved: urban: 91.9% of population
rural: 72.3% of population
total: 84.5% of population
unimproved: urban: 8.1% of population
rural: 27.7% of population
total: 15.5% of population (2017 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)
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
3.68 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 Friday, November 27, 2020

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