Atlas of Urban Expansion

Gwangju
Korea, Rep.
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
2015 Population
1,368,716
2015 Urban Extent
21,664
hectares
2015 Density
63
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Gwangju in 2015 was 1,368,716, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.7% since 2000. The population of Gwangju in 2000 was 1,054,149, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.6% since 1989, when its population was 723,576.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Gwangju in 2015 was 21,664 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.6% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 12,494 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 8.3% since 2000, when its urban extent was 5,277 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Gwangju in 2015 was 85 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -2.7% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 129 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -4.1% since 1989 when the built-up area density was 198.83 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Gwangju in 2015 was 63 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.9% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 84 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -4.7% since 1989 when the urban extent density was 137 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 7,881 hectares of built-up area was added to the Gwangju urban extent between 2000 and 2015. Of that added built-up area, 30% was Infill, 46% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 24% was Inclusion. A total of 4,511 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1989 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 23% was Infill, 41% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 35% was Inclusion.

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Roads

Average road width in the Gwangju 1990-2014 expansion area was 6.73 meters, compared to 8.52 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Gwangju occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 25%, compared to 19% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Gwangju's 1990-2014 expansion was 2.77 km/km2, compared to 4.63 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Gwangju's 1990-2014 expansion area was 92%, compared to 100% in the pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2015
1989-2000  2000-2015
1989-2000  2000-2015

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Gwangju's 1990-2014 expansion area was 3.81 hectares, compared to 4.31 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1989-2000  2000-2015