Busan Population 2018

Busan is a city that is located in South Korea. It is one of the country’s most populous cities, coming in second place only behind Seoul. The city has a population of approximately 3.5 million people. The metro area’s population exceeds 4.6 million.

City Size and Population Density

The total area of the city is over 296 square miles, which gives it a population density of around 12,000 people per square mile. The city’s total land area makes up less than 1% of the Korean peninsula.

The city’s large industrial area, thriving port, and position as a cultural and educational center makes it a place that draws in residents from all around the world.

Demographics

The majority of the residents in Busan are Buddhist, with over 41% following this religion. Trailing just behind are non-religious residents or people that follow indigenous religions, which account for almost 40% of the total population. The remainder follow Protestantism and Catholicism.

Korean and Korean dialects are the prevalent languages used here, and English is also in use as well.

Population Growth

Like other cities throughout South Korea, the population of Busan is expected to stabilize through the early 2020s after years of ups and downs.

Busan Population in 2018Source: By Yonguk Kim (Flickr: Night view of Busan-city) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Busan Population Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,574,2910.24%42,544
20303,531,7470.27%47,317
20253,484,4300.11%19,240
20203,465,190-0.02%-1,708
20183,466,8980.20%20,449
20153,446,4490.14%24,284
20103,422,165-0.63%-110,638
20053,532,803-0.77%-140,068
20003,672,871-0.75%-140,359
19953,813,2300.18%34,910
19903,778,3201.70%305,503
19853,472,8173.63%566,957
19802,905,8603.74%487,849
19752,418,0115.93%605,239
19701,812,7725.84%447,604
19651,365,1683.42%211,039
19601,154,1291.99%108,271
19551,045,8581.99%98,088
1950947,7700.00%
Busan Population Growth

Busan's 2018 population is now estimated at 3,466,898. In 1950, the population of Busan was 947,770. Busan has grown by 20,449 since 2015, which represents a 0.20% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Busan, which typically includes Busan's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Data Sources
  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations