Population of Cities in South Korea (2017)

9
Over 1 Million
36
100,000 to 1 Million
75
10,000 to 100,000

As just the 109th largest city by area, South Korea suprisingly has one of the largest populations and is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. When breaking down the population numbers, there are a total of nine cities that have surpassed the one million resident milestone. Its largest city, Seoul, has a population of over 10 million, with Busan -- its 2nd most populous city -- trails behind with just over 3.6 million. Other cities that round out the total population of the country include 36 cities with populations that fall between 100,000 and one million, while the country also has 75 cities with populations of at least 10,000 residents.

South Korea has lots to offer its residents, from beautiful natural and historic landmarks and scenery to its industrial and technological roles. As home to cities with the largest shipyard in the world and the world's largest auto processing plant, it's no surprise that many migrants from outside of the country, as well as natives that live in rural areas, move into the larger cities to take advantage of these sites and opportunities. Expansion and development of cities, as well as migration from less populated areas, has led to South Korea having a rural population that accounts for just 18% of the country's total population, which declined from 72% in 1960 and shows just how quickly its urban areas have grown. Lower population rates and an aging population has slowed growth before cities become too overcrowded and the excessive population puts a strain on the largest cities' resources.

South Korea has 9 cities with more than a million people, 36 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 75 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in South Korea is Seoul, with a population of 10,349,312 people.

Seoul

Seoul is not just the largest city in South Korea but the 15th largest in the world.

10,349,312

Busan

Busan is a part of the country's largest industrial area, The Southeast Economic Zone.

3,678,555

Incheon

The Incheon Free Economic Zone is home to global enterprises and the country's largest companies.

2,628,000

Daegu

This country is known for high-tech industry, fashion and sporting events.

2,566,540

Daejeon

This city's Daedeok Research and Development Special Zone is a leader in research.

1,475,221

Gwangju

This city is known for its distinct cuisine and its agricultural industry.

1,416,938

Suwon-si

TThis city's rich history includes its beginnings as a small settlement through its rise as a cultural and industrial center.

1,242,724

Goyang-si

Highlights of this city include environmentally-friendly residential areas and multiple higher learning institutes.

1,073,069

Seongnam-si

Seongnam is South Korea's first planned city.

1,031,935

Ulsan

This industrial city has the world's largest auto assembly plant and the world's largest shipyard.

962,865

Name 2017 Population
Seoul10,349,312
Busan3,678,555
Incheon2,628,000
Daegu2,566,540
Daejeon1,475,221
Gwangju1,416,938
Suwon-si1,242,724
Goyang-si1,073,069
Seongnam-si1,031,935
Ulsan962,865
Bucheon-si850,731
Jeonju711,424
Ansan-si650,728
Cheongju-si634,596
Anyang-si634,367
Changwon550,000
Pohang500,000
Uijeongbu-si479,141
Hwaseong-si476,297
Jeju-si408,364
Cheonan365,114
Kwangmyong357,545
Kimhae356,242
Chinju307,242
Yeosu295,538
Gumi291,006
Iksan283,501
Moppo268,402
Kunsan243,406
Wonju243,387
Suncheon230,796
Chuncheon209,746
Icheon-si196,230
Guri-si195,236
Kang-neung180,611
Yangju179,923
Osan158,978
Seogwipo155,691
Kyonju155,237
Gimcheon150,000
Hanam134,902
Gyeongsan-si129,903
Andong129,319
Hwado106,358
Tonghae101,128
Asan97,749
Wabu96,775
Namyangju90,798
Kwangyang89,281
Hongsung89,174
Sokcho89,047
Eisen84,625
Wanju84,009
Yangp'yong83,367
Ungsang83,360
Sinhyeon82,560
Kwangju81,780
Mungyeong81,525
Naeso80,987
Muan75,718
Hongch'on75,251
Changnyeong74,668
Suisan74,208
Koch'ang72,996
Gongju72,435
Kyosai72,124
Yangsan71,936
Anseong69,255
Hwawon64,718
Pubal63,026
Kosong62,446
Taisen-ri62,039
Chinch'on60,964
Hwasun59,914
Nangen58,057
Okcheon56,634
Eisen56,006
Sangju55,640
Gapyeong55,415
Sinan53,150
Miryang53,103
T'aebaek48,962
Kimje44,894
Koesan44,461
Nonsan43,845
Munsan43,208
Gijang43,064
Naju42,459
Santyoku42,145
Enjitsu40,852
Hayang40,423
Yesan39,409
Imsil37,514
Yeoju37,490
Heung-hai36,080
Kunwi34,293
Tangjin32,778
Fuyo32,642
Cheongsong gun31,313
Jinan-gun31,273
Kurye30,000
Waegwan29,691
Seonghwan29,239
Goseong26,704
Changsu26,463
Ganghwa-gun25,535
Neietsu25,413
Kinzan25,243
Yonmu25,015
Yong-dong24,154
Yanggu24,027
Haenam23,928
Hwacheon23,822
Gaigeturi23,717
Taesal-li23,149
Puan22,267
Jenzan20,673
Reiko19,909
Beolgyo19,842
Sintansin15,000
Songgangdong10,000