Population of Cities in North Korea (2018)

1
Over 1 Million
14
100,000 to 1 Million
59
10,000 to 100,000
  • Pyongyang
  • Hamhung
  • Namp'o
  • Sunch'on
  • Hungnam
  • Kaesong
  • Wonsan
  • Chongjin
  • Sariwon
  • Sinuiju
  • Haeju
  • Kanggye
  • Hyesan
  • Songnim
  • Manp'o
  • P'yongsong
  • Hyesan-dong
  • Yuktae-dong
  • Hongwon
  • Rajin
  • Ongjin
  • Kilju
  • Chaeryong-up
  • Anju
  • Uiju
  • Hoeryong
  • Sungho 1-tong
  • Changyon
  • Sunan
  • Hwangju-up
  • Kyongsong
  • Aoji-ri
  • Nanam
  • Anbyon-up
  • Kusong
  • Chongju
  • Kangdong-up
  • Sonbong
  • Iwon-up
  • Hukkyo-ri
  • Kosan
  • Yonan-up
  • Namyang-dong
  • Yonggwang-up
  • Musan-up
  • Kowon-up
  • Hoeyang
  • T'ongch'on-up
  • Kapsan-up
  • Anak

North Korea is one of the most populous countries in the world, with an estimated 2016 population that exceeds 24 million people. While it is one of the most populous countries, it is not quite as populated as South Korea, which also happens to be smaller in size. However, North Korea has seen its cities develop over the years and natural growth and migration have contributed to the population surges seen throughout the country's history. The most populous city in this country is Pyongyang, which has a population of over 3 million people. This is the only city in North Korea that has surpassed a population of 1,000,000. North Korea has 12 smaller cities that still contribute significantly to the overall population. Each of these 12 cities fall under the 1,000,000 milestone but each have more than 100,000 inhabitants. There are 58 other major cities that have even smaller but still respectable populations of over 10,000 people. Of course, there are even smaller cities and towns located throughout North Korea, all of which are split among nine provinces.

The vast majority of people that live in North Korea live in urbanized cities. Less than 20% of inhabitants live in rural areas, according to data from 2015. As cities continue to expand and develop and more natives and immigrants head into the larger cities for the opportunities that are provided there, it will be interesting to see how these numbers change among the total population, as well as the populations of these major cities.

North Korea has 1 cities with more than a million people, 14 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 59 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in North Korea is Pyongyang, with a population of 3,222,000 people.

Pyongyang

The largest city is Pyongyang, which is also the capital and site of major government and public offices.

3,222,000

Hamhung

Hamhung is an important chemical industry center in North Korea.

559,056

Namp'o

This city was originally a small fishing village that has grown into a populous seaport.

455,000

Sunch'on

437,000

Hungnam

This city is divided into 43 neighborhoods, 5 villages and 1 workers' district.

346,082

Kaesong

Kaesong is known for its distinctive cuisine and its role in the production of agriculture.

338,155

Wonsan

Wonsan is currently being converted into a summer destination that includes entertainment options and resorts.

329,207

Chongjin

This city's economy revolves around the steel and fiber industry.

327,000

Sariwon

This city is the capital of the North Hwanghae Province.

310,100

Sinuiju

This city was rebuilt following destruction caused during the Korean War.

288,112

Name 2018 Population Location
Pyongyang3,222,000Map
Hamhung559,056Map
Namp'o455,000Map
Sunch'on437,000Map
Hungnam346,082Map
Kaesong338,155Map
Wonsan329,207Map
Chongjin327,000Map
Sariwon310,100Map
Sinuiju288,112Map
Haeju222,396Map
Kanggye209,530Map
Hyesan192,680Map
Songnim152,425Map
Manp'o116,760Map
P'yongsong100,000Map
Hyesan-dong97,794Map
Yuktae-dong76,427Map
Hongwon70,923Map
Rajin66,224Map
Ongjin64,247Map
Kilju63,652Map
Chaeryong-up53,330Map
Anju50,196Map
Uiju50,081Map
Hoeryong43,831Map
Sungho 1-tong39,841Map
Changyon39,368Map
Sunan36,671Map
Hwangju-up35,641Map
Kyongsong35,604Map
Aoji-ri34,248Map
Nanam34,055Map
Anbyon-up31,845Map
Kusong30,902Map
Chongju29,065Map
Kangdong-up28,922Map
Sonbong27,331Map
Iwon-up26,364Map
Hukkyo-ri25,437Map
Kosan24,822Map
Yonan-up22,665Map
Namyang-dong22,218Map
Yonggwang-up21,882Map
Musan-up21,739Map
Kowon-up21,490Map
Hoeyang21,111Map
T'ongch'on-up20,575Map
Kapsan-up20,406Map
Anak19,995Map
Onsong19,806Map
Kujang-up19,522Map
Sil-li19,463Map
Chunghwa19,346Map
Samho-rodongjagu19,025Map
Sinmak18,669Map
Sakchu-up18,001Map
Ayang-ni16,104Map
Sinanju15,693Map
Sinsang-ni14,960Map
Pukchil-lodongjagu14,129Map
Hau-ri13,581Map
Yonggang-up13,440Map
Pyoksong-up12,937Map
Koksan12,923Map
Chasong12,736Map
Kyongwon12,650Map
Puryong12,267Map
Komusan 1-tong12,242Map
Sungjibaegam11,786Map
Hoemul-li11,681Map
Sungam-nodongjagu11,406Map
Panghyon-dong11,026Map
Kwaksan10,478Map
Sangsong-ni9,888Map
Yongbyon9,584Map
Yomju-up9,437Map
Ungsang-nodongjagu8,410Map