Seoul Region's Population to Outnumber Rest of Country

  • By Choi Kyu-min

    June 30, 2020 13:22

    The population of the Seoul metropolitan region will likely outnumber the entire rest of the country's for the first time.

    According to Statistics Korea data published Monday, the number of people moving into the Seoul region has been increasing again since 2017 after a brief period of migration out of the city.

    If this trend continues, the population in the Seoul area will reach 25.96 million this year, outnumbering the 25.82 million in the rest of the country.

    People hold umbrellas in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on June 24, as the rainy season starts. /Newsis

    By 2070, the population in the Seoul area is expected to reach 19.83 million compared to 17.99 in the rest of the country, Statistics Korea estimated.

    The recent surge in the population of greater Seoul is attributed to difficulties in finding jobs in provincial regions.

    Some 64,000 people moved into the Seoul region to find jobs last year, out of a total of 83,000, mostly younger people.

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