Population of North Korea 2017

Population

Current population of North Korea is 25,248,140 people (July 2017 est.).

Nationality

noun: Korean(s)
adjective: Korean

Ethnic Groups

racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese

Languages

Korean

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

Age Structure

0-14 years: 20.78% (male 2,670,884/female 2,576,846)
15-24 years: 15.59% (male 1,982,045/female 1,955,220)
25-54 years: 44.28% (male 5,608,520/female 5,572,000)
55-64 years: 9.77% (male 1,166,680/female 1,301,201)
65 years and over: 9.56% (male 826,735/female 1,588,009) (2017 est.)

Dependency Ratios

total dependency ratio: 44.5
youth dependency ratio: 30.5
elderly dependency ratio: 14
potential support ratio: 7.1 (2015 est.)

Median Age

total: 33.8 years
male: 32.3 years
female: 35.4 years (2016 est.)

Population Growth Rate

0.5% (2017 est.)

Birth Rate

14.6 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Death Rate

9.3 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Net Migration Rate

0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Population Distribution

population concentrated in the plains and lowlands; least populated regions are the mountainous provinces adjacent to the Chinese border; largest concentrations are in the western provinces, particularly the municipal district of Pyongyang, and around Hungnam and Wonsan in the east

Urbanization

urban population: 61.2% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 0.8% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major Urban Areas – Population:

PYONGYANG (capital) 2.863 million (2015)

Sex Ratio

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.9 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.53 male(s)/female
total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2016 est.)

Maternal Mortality Rate

82 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)

Infant Mortality Rate

total: 22.9 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 25.4 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 20.2 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth

total population: 70.4 years
male: 66.6 years
female: 74.5 years (2016 est.)

Total Fertility Rate

1.95 children born/woman (2017 est.)

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

70.6%

note: percent of women aged 20-49 (2010)

Physicians Density

2.78 physicians/1,000 population (2011)

Hospital Bed Density

13.2 beds/1,000 population (2012)

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
rural: 72.5% of population
total: 81.9% of population

unimproved
urban: 12.1% of population
rural: 27.5% of population
total: 18.1% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Adult Prevalence Rate

NA

HIV/AIDS – Deaths

NA

Obesity – Adult Prevalence Rate

2.5% (2014)

Children Under the Age of 5 Years Underweight

15.2% (2012)

Education Expenditures

NA

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)