Atlas of Urban Expansion

Pyongyang
Korea, Dem. Rep.
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
2014 Population
1,996,172
2014 Urban Extent
17,985
hectares
2014 Density
111
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Pyongyang in 2014 was 1,996,172, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.3% since 2000. The population of Pyongyang in 2000 was 1,674,292, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.9% since 1990, when its population was 1,524,988.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Pyongyang in 2014 was 17,985 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.2% since 2000. The urban extent in 2000 was 17,534 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 2.4% since 2000, when its urban extent was 13,724 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Pyongyang in 2014 was 174 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.1% since 2000. The built-up area density in 2000 was 149 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.6% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 175.4 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Pyongyang in 2014 was 111 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.1% since 2000. The urban extent density in 2000 was 95 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -1.5% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 111 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 221 hectares of built-up area was added to the Pyongyang urban extent between 2000 and 2014. Of that added built-up area, 37% was Infill, 15% was Extension, 3% was Leapfrog, and 45% was Inclusion. A total of 2,547 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2000. Of that added built-up area, 40% was Infill, 33% was Extension, 1% was Leapfrog, and 26% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Pyongyang 1990-2014 expansion area was 6.94 meters, compared to 10.82 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Pyongyang occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 29%, compared to 24% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Pyongyang's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.91 km/km2, compared to 2.15 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Pyongyang's 1990-2014 expansion area was 95%, compared to 97% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2014
1990-2000  2000-2014
1990-2000  2000-2014

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Pyongyang's 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.44 hectares, compared to 2.77 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2000  2000-2014