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. 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.

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. 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 Data (Urban Area)

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20303,264,0000.32%51,000
20253,213,0000.24%39,000
20203,174,000-0.09%-6,000
20183,180,000-0.37%-36,000
20153,216,000-0.69%-113,000
20103,329,000-0.71%-121,000
20053,450,000-0.81%-144,000
20003,594,000-0.56%-103,000
19953,697,000-0.40%-75,000
19903,772,0001.86%332,000
19853,440,0002.08%336,000
19803,104,0005.12%686,000
19752,418,0005.93%605,000
19701,813,0005.84%448,000
19651,365,0003.42%211,000
19601,154,0001.98%108,000
19551,046,0001.99%98,000
1950948,0000.00%0
Busan Population Growth

Busan's 2018 population is now estimated at 3,180,000. In 1950, the population of Busan was 948,000. Busan has grown by -36,000 since 2015, which represents a -0.37% 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