Busan Population 2021

3,465,946
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Busan's 2021 population is now estimated at 3,465,946. In 1950, the population of Busan was 947,770. Busan has grown by 756 since 2015, which represents a 0.02% 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.

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 2021

Year Population Growth Rate (%) Growth
20353,574,2910.20%7,037
20343,567,2540.22%7,925
20333,559,3290.24%8,678
20323,550,6510.26%9,252
20313,541,3990.27%9,652
20303,531,7470.28%9,924
20293,521,8230.29%10,025
20283,511,7980.28%9,820
20273,501,9780.26%9,246
20263,492,7320.24%8,302
20253,484,4300.20%7,011
20243,477,4190.16%5,470
20233,471,9490.11%3,810
20223,468,1390.06%2,193
20213,465,9460.02%756
20203,465,190-0.01%-443
20193,465,633-0.04%-1,265
20183,466,8980.20%6,830
20173,460,0680.20%6,816
20163,453,2520.20%6,803
20153,446,4490.20%6,779
20143,439,6700.20%6,766
20133,432,9040.20%6,744
20123,426,1600.20%6,749
20113,419,411-0.08%-2,754
20103,422,165-0.62%-21,501
20093,443,666-0.62%-21,605
20083,465,271-0.63%-21,801
20073,487,072-0.62%-21,909
20063,508,981-0.67%-23,822
20053,532,803-0.77%-27,466
20043,560,269-0.77%-27,756
20033,588,025-0.77%-27,935
20023,615,960-0.77%-28,151
20013,644,111-0.78%-28,760
20003,672,871-0.81%-29,919
19993,702,790-0.81%-30,121
19983,732,911-0.81%-30,366
19973,763,277-0.81%-30,571
19963,793,848-0.51%-19,382
19953,813,2300.09%3,247
19943,809,9830.09%3,244
19933,806,7390.09%3,237
19923,803,5020.09%3,243
19913,800,2590.58%21,939
19903,778,3201.56%58,129
19893,720,1911.56%57,156
19883,663,0351.56%56,433
19873,606,6021.56%55,487
19863,551,1152.25%78,298
19853,472,8173.62%121,484
19843,351,3333.64%117,553
19833,233,7803.63%113,276
19823,120,5043.63%109,307
19813,011,1973.62%105,337
19802,905,8603.64%101,926
19792,803,9343.63%98,219
19782,705,7153.63%94,778
19772,610,9373.62%91,335
19762,519,6024.20%101,591
19752,418,0115.90%134,607
19742,283,4045.90%127,114
19732,156,2905.89%119,877
19722,036,4135.90%113,515
19711,922,8986.08%110,126
19701,812,7726.61%112,410
19691,700,3626.60%105,299
19681,595,0636.62%99,042
19671,496,0215.83%82,419
19661,413,6023.55%48,434
19651,365,1683.54%46,712
19641,318,4563.55%45,236
19631,273,2203.55%43,624
19621,229,5963.55%42,130
19611,187,4662.89%33,337
19601,154,1291.99%22,540
19591,131,5891.99%22,070
19581,109,5191.99%21,640
19571,087,8791.99%21,188
19561,066,6911.99%20,833
19551,045,8581.99%20,398
19541,025,4601.99%20,000
19531,005,4601.99%19,583
1952985,8771.99%19,255
1951966,6221.99%18,852
1950947,7700.00%

Busan Population Data (Urban Area)

Name Population 2021 Growth
Seoul9,967,6770.04%
Busan3,465,9460.02%
Incheon2,818,2880.62%
Daegu2,190,571-0.38%
Daejon1,569,4590.24%
Gwangju1,523,8220.15%
Suweon1,331,8261.56%
Yongin1,103,2651.84%
Goyang1,082,8151.27%
Changwon1,054,775-0.11%
Seongnam942,342-0.15%
Ulsan910,7780.05%
Bucheon829,592-0.30%
Ansan762,6980.25%
Cheongju720,5840.50%
Cheonan688,5431.29%
Jeonju663,6070.07%
Anyang564,685-0.57%
Siheung442,7900.55%
Uijeongbu423,7220.02%

Urban Areas in South Korea

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

Sources