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Cities Account for 92% of S Korean Population Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jul 21, 2014, 10:23 PM

South Korea has transformed into a concrete jungle in which less than eight percent of its population reside in the rural countryside.

According to the JoongAng Daily, "It’s obvious that Seoul has one of the highest population densities in the world. But how many people actually live in all of Korea’s urban areas? According to a study by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport released yesterday, as of the end of last year, nearly 92 percent of people lived in cities, whether it was Seoul, Busan or Gwangju."

Booming cities mean more pollution and less food production for South Koreans.

As reported by the JoongAng Daily, "The result is half a percentage point more than in 2012, and cities now take up 16.6 percent of the total land mass. The figure indicates that the urbanization of the entire peninsula is still getting worse. Population in cities has been continuously rising since the 1960s. Back then, less than 40 percent of Korea’s population lived in urban areas. The ratio exceeded 90 percent for the first time in 2005 and has been edging closer to 92 percent ever since."

Experts anticipate that even more residents will flee rural areas to migrate into cities.

To read the entire article from the JoongAng Daily, link here:

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