Population of South Korea 2017

Population

Current population of South Korea is 51,181,299 people (July 2017 est.).

Nationality

noun: Korean(s)
adjective: Korean

Ethnic Groups

homogeneous

Languages

Korean, English (widely taught in junior high and high school)

Religions

Protestant 19.7%, Buddhist 15.5%, Catholic 7.9%, none 56.9% (2015 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 13.21% (male 3,484,398/female 3,276,984)
15-24 years: 12.66% (male 3,415,998/female 3,065,144)
25-54 years: 45.52% (male 11,992,462/female 11,303,726)
55-64 years: 14.49% (male 3,660,888/female 3,756,947)
65 years and over: 14.12% (male 3,080,601/female 4,144,151) (2017 est.)

Dependency Ratios

total dependency ratio: 37.2
youth dependency ratio: 19.2
elderly dependency ratio: 18
potential support ratio: 5.6 (2015 est.)

Median Age

total: 41.2 years
male: 39.7 years
female: 42.8 years (2016 est.)

Population Growth Rate

0.5% (2017 est.)

Birth Rate

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

Death Rate

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

Net Migration Rate

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

Population Distribution

with approximately 70% of the country considered mountainous, the country’s population is primarily concentrated in the lowland areas, where density is quite high; Gyeonggi Province in the northwest, which surrounds the capital of Seoul and contains the port of Incheon, is the most densely populated province; Gangwon in the northeast is the least populated

Urbanization

urban population: 82.5% of total population (2015)
rate of urbanization: 0.66% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major Urban Areas – Population:

SEOUL (capital) 9.774 million; Busan (Pusan) 3.216 million; Incheon (Inch’on) 2.685 million; Daegu (Taegu) 2.244 million; Daejon (Taejon) 1.564 million; Gwangju (Kwangju) 1.536 million (2015)

Sex Ratio

at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.12 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2016 est.)

Mother’s Mean Age at First Birth

31 years (2014 est.)

Maternal Mortality Rate

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

Infant Mortality Rate

total: 3 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 3.2 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 2.8 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth

total population: 82.4 years
male: 79.3 years
female: 85.8 years (2016 est.)

Total Fertility Rate

1.26 children born/woman (2017 est.)

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

80%

note: percent of women aged 15-44 (2009)

Health Expenditures

7.4% of GDP (2014)

Physicians Density

2.23 physicians/1,000 population (2014)

Hospital Bed Density

10.3 beds/1,000 population (2009)

Drinking Water Source

improved:
urban: 99.7% of population
rural: 87.9% of population
total: 97.8% of population

unimproved
urban: 0.3% of population
rural: 12.1% of population
total: 2.2% of population (2012 est.)

Sanitation Facility Access

improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population

unimproved
urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Adult Prevalence Rate

NA

HIV/AIDS – People Living with HIV/AIDS

NA

HIV/AIDS – Deaths

NA

Obesity – Adult Prevalence Rate

6.3% (2014)

Children Under the Age of 5 Years Underweight

0.6% (2011)

Education Expenditures

4.6% of GDP (2012)

School Life Expectancy (Primary to Tertiary Education)

total: 17 years
male: 17 years
female: 16 years (2013)

Unemployment, Youth Ages 15-24

total: 10%
male: 11.2%
female: 9.2% (2014 est.)