English III

Population Distribution


Korea’s population density increased from approx- imately 210 persons/km² in 1949 to 470 persons/km² in 2010. Except for Bangladesh and some city states, Korea has one of the highest population densities in the world. Until 1966, both the Greater Seoul Metro- politan area and the Honam area had higher popula- tion densities than the national average, but currently only the Greater Seoul Metropolitan area exceeds the national average. The population density of the Great- 

er Seoul Metropolitan area increased from approxi- mately 350 persons/m in 1949 to 1,990 persons/km² in 2010. It is one of the highest in the world, except for some city states such as Monaco (18,500 persons/ km²) or Singapore (7,230 persons/km²). Re ecting this trend, Korea’s geographic center of population con- tinues to move towards the Greater Seoul Metropoli- tan area.