North Korea population: 25,742,810

North Korea is officially a democratic people’s republic of Korea. North Korea is well known as an East Asian country that constitutes the northern region of the Korean peninsula. The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang, a beautiful and the largest city located on the Taedong River. Officially the country is described as self-reliant.

Largest cities by population in North Korea

Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea, which is highly populated. Other cities that are also highly populated in North Korea are Hamhung, Namp’o, Sunch’on, etc.

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Pyongyang 3,222,000 Ongjin 64,247 Kosan 24,822
Hamhung 559,056 Kilju 63,652 Yonan-up 22,665
Namp’o 455,000 Chaeryong-up 53,330 Namyang-dong 22,218
Sunch’on 437,000 Anju 50,196 Yonggwang-up 21,882
Hungnam 346,082 Uiju 50,081 Musan-up 21,739
Kaesong 338,155 Hoeryong 43,831 Kowon-up 21,490
Wonsan 329,207 Sungho 1-tong 39,841 Hoeyang 21,111
Chongjin 327,000 Changyon 39,368 T’ongch’on-up 20,575
Sariwon 310,100 Sunan 36,671 Kapsan-up 20,406
Sinuiju 288,112 Hwangju-up 35,641 Anak 19,995
Haeju 222,396 Kyongsong 35,604 Onsong 19,806
Kanggye 209,530 Aoji-ri 34,248 Kujang-up 19,522
Hyesan 192,680 Nanam 34,055 Sil-li 19,463
Songnim 152,425 Anbyon-up 31,845 Chunghwa 19,346
Manp’o 116,760 Kusong 30,902 Samho-rodongjagu 19,025
P’yongsong 100,000 Chongju 29,065 Sinmak 18,669
Hyesan-dong 97,794 Kangdong-up 28,922 Sakchu-up 18,001
Yuktae-dong 76,427 Sonbong 27,331 Ayang-ni 16,104
Hongwon 70,923 Iwon-up 26,364 Sinanju 15,693
Rajin 66,224 Hukkyo-ri 25,437

North Korea population history

North Korea contributes 0.33% to the total world’s population. As per the UN records, the total population projected for the mid-year is 25,778,816. The rate of urban population is high in North Korea, which is 63.5%. The highly developed cities are the main reason for the high rate of the urban population. Since 1955, the population of North Korea has considerably increased. More increase is seen in the year 2000. The population recorded is 22,929,075, and the yearly change is 0.96%. The median age of North Korea is 35.3% for 2020, which is an increase while comparing it to the past figures. The only figure which remains stable is the fertility rate, that is 1.91%.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 25,778,816 0.44% 112,655 -5,403 35.3 1.91 214 62.50% 16,119,904 0.33% 7,794,798,739 54
2019 25,666,161 0.46% 116,557 -5,403 34.4 1.93 213 62.30% 15,985,383 0.33% 7,713,468,100 54
2018 25,549,604 0.47% 119,779 -5,403 34.4 1.93 212 62.00% 15,852,816 0.33% 7,631,091,040 52
2017 25,429,825 0.48% 122,160 -5,403 34.4 1.93 211 61.80% 15,722,409 0.34% 7,547,858,925 52
2016 25,307,665 0.49% 123,832 -5,403 34.4 1.93 210 61.60% 15,594,374 0.34% 7,464,022,049 51
2015 25,183,833 0.51% 126,999 -5,403 34.1 1.93 209 61.40% 15,468,816 0.34% 7,379,797,139 51
2010 24,548,836 0.53% 128,934 -4,936 33 1.95 204 60.50% 14,847,551 0.35% 6,956,823,603 48
2005 23,904,167 0.84% 195,018 -3,438 31.5 2 199 59.80% 14,295,919 0.37% 6,541,907,027 46
2000 22,929,075 0.96% 213,355 -2,786 29.4 2.01 190 59.40% 13,622,723 0.37% 6,143,493,823 45
1995 21,862,299 1.50% 313,849 0 27.3 2.25 182 59.00% 12,902,762 0.38% 5,744,212,979 42
1990 20,293,054 1.46% 283,163 0 25 2.36 169 58.40% 11,847,860 0.38% 5,327,231,061 41
1985 18,877,238 1.56% 281,020 0 23.5 2.8 157 57.60% 10,881,506 0.39% 4,870,921,740 40
1980 17,472,140 1.43% 239,480 0 21.8 2.85 145 56.90% 9,941,648 0.39% 4,458,003,514 39
1975 16,274,740 2.46% 372,868 0 19.6 4 135 56.70% 9,227,778 0.40% 4,079,480,606 37
1970 14,410,400 2.81% 372,575 0 21 4.39 120 54.20% 7,810,437 0.39% 3,700,437,046 37
1965 12,547,525 1.89% 224,670 0 21.1 3.85 104 45.10% 5,657,767 0.38% 3,339,583,597 36
1960 11,424,176 2.52% 267,437 0 19.9 5.12 95 40.20% 4,591,910 0.38% 3,034,949,748 36
1955 10,086,991 -0.89% -92,496 -113,683 19.1 3.46 84 35.50% 3,577,106 0.36% 2,773,019,936 36

North Korea population forecast

From the forecast, it is visible that the immigration percentage is negative. For 2020 the immigration rate is -5,403. The population forecast also suggests that there will be a gradual decrease from the year 2045. In the year 2050, the projected population is 26,561,619, which is negative, and the yearly change is -0.14 %. In the future, the urban population and median age are increasing. However, from 2020 to 2050, the fertility rate is uniform, which is 1.91. By the year 2050 North Korea from 54th ranks, it will hold 65th global rank.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 25,778,816 0.47% 118,997 -5,403 35.3 1.91 214 62.50% 16,119,904 0.33% 7,794,798,739 54
2025 26,275,484 0.38% 99,334 -3,717 36.5 1.91 218 64.00% 16,815,725 0.32% 8,184,437,460 56
2030 26,651,329 0.28% 75,169 -2,031 37.8 1.91 221 65.80% 17,530,948 0.31% 8,548,487,400 57
2035 26,843,430 0.14% 38,420 -2,031 39.1 1.91 223 67.90% 18,220,460 0.30% 8,887,524,213 61
2040 26,858,033 0.01% 2,921 -2,031 40.4 1.91 223 70.20% 18,860,424 0.29% 9,198,847,240 63
2045 26,746,916 -0.08% -22,223 -2,031 41.5 1.91 222 72.60% 19,422,437 0.28% 9,481,803,274 64
2050 26,561,619 -0.14% -37,059 42.1 1.91 221 74.90% 19,885,471 0.27% 9,735,033,990 65

North Korea demographics

The demographics of North Korea are different from other Asian countries. The life expectancy rate is 72.89 years. The female and male population figures are 49.91 and 51.09% that is 13,170,436 and 12,608,379. The female population is 0.96% more than the male population. The infant mortality rate is high, that is 11.12. The individuals who fall into the age group of 25-54 are of a high population that is 44.54%.

North Korea politics and religion

Some of the popular religions in North Korea are shamanism, that is 16% believers; chondoists are 13%, 4.5% are Buddhist, and 1.7%Christianity. The Korean national religion is chondoists as per the Korean government.

North Korea economy

The economic system of North Korea is planned. For the past few years, there has been liberalization in the economy of the country. State-owned industries and farms dominate the economy.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%