Population of Cities in North Korea (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
12
100,000 to 1 Million
59
10,000 to 100,000

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, 12 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

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

Haeju

Haeju's port plays a very important role in Sino-Korean trade.

222,396

Name 2017 Population
Pyongyang3,222,000
Hamhung559,056
Namp'o455,000
Hungnam346,082
Kaesong338,155
Wonsan329,207
Chongjin327,000
Sariwon310,100
Sinuiju288,112
Haeju222,396
Kanggye-si209,530
Hyesan-si192,680
Songnim152,425
P'yongsong100,000
Hyesan-dong97,794
Yuktae-dong76,427
Hongwon70,923
Najin66,224
Ongjin64,247
Kilju63,652
Chaeryong-up53,330
Anju50,196
Uiju50,081
Hoeryong43,831
Sungho 1-tong39,841
Changyon39,368
Sunan36,671
Hwangju-up35,641
Kyongsong35,604
Aoji-ri34,248
Nanam34,055
Anbyon-up31,845
Kusong30,902
Chongju29,065
Kangdong-up28,922
Sonbong27,331
Iwon-up26,364
Hukkyo-ri25,437
Kosan24,822
Yonan-up22,665
Namyang-dong22,218
Yonggwang-up21,882
Musan-up21,739
Kowon-up21,490
Hoeyang21,111
T'ongch'on-up20,575
Kapsan-up20,406
Anak19,995
Onsong19,806
Kujang-up19,522
Sil-li19,463
Chunghwa19,346
Samho-rodongjagu19,025
Sinmak18,669
Sakchu-up18,001
Ayang-ni16,104
Sinanju15,693
Sinsang-ni14,960
Pukchil-lodongjagu14,129
Hau-ri13,581
Yonggang-up13,440
Pyoksong-up12,937
Koksan12,923
Chasong12,736
Kyongwon12,650
Puryong12,267
Komusan 1-tong12,242
Sungjibaegam11,786
Hoemul-li11,681
Sungam-nodongjagu11,406
Panghyon-dong11,026
Kwaksan10,478
Sangsong-ni9,888
Yongbyon9,584
Yomju-up9,437
Ungsang-nodongjagu8,410