Korea’s total population falls for the first time last year in 72 years

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Korea’s total population fell for the first time last year since the establishment of the government.

The elderly population surged 420,000 to 8.71 million in a year. It means four working age population should support one elderly person.

The population of local areas outflew to the metropolitan area for jobs, and the Seoul population decreased while Gyeonggi population increased due to the high housing prices.

According to the 2021 Total Population Census Report released by the Statistics Korea Thursday, the country’s total population was 51.738 million as of November 1, down 90,001 (-0.2%) from a year ago.

The total population fell for the first time in 72 years since 1949, the year after the establishment of the government.

The population growth peaked at 3.0% in 1960, and has continued to decline. It fell below 1% since 1995, and recorded a negative growth for the first time last year.

Lee Ji-yeon, head of the Population Census Division at the Statistics Korea, said, “The total population decreased last year as lots of Koreans who temporarily returned home due to COVID-19 went out again, and the number of foreigners also decreased.”

By nationality, the number of Koreans posted 50.088 million, down 45,000 (-0.1%) from a year ago. Due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners also decreased by -2.7%, continuing to fall for 2 consecutive years.

The male population posted 25.85 million, while the female population was 25.88 million.

The number of foreigners posted 1.65 million, accounting for 3.2% of the total population.

Among foreigners, Korean-Chinese accounted for the largest proportion of 31.7%.


By Global Economic Reporter Mi-yeon Soh ; Translate by Gounee Yang