Population of Eastern Asia 2023

Population of Eastern Asia

EASTERN ASIA:

A Demographic Overview of the Most Populated Subregion in Asia

The latest United Nations estimations, as of November 7, 2022, have recorded the populace of Eastern Asia to be 1,690,967,951.

This number is equivalent to 21.53% of the worldwide population, with Eastern Asia ranking as the second most populated subregion in Asia.

The population density of Eastern Asia is 145 individuals per square kilometer (376 individuals per square mile) and its total land area is 11,560,456 square kilometers (4,463,515 square miles). Additionally, 64.3% of the populace, which amounts to 1,078,434,915 people as of 2019, are urban dwellers. 

The median age of the population in Eastern Asia is 39.4 years old.

Countries in Eastern Asia

Country

Population (2020)

China

1,439,323,776

Japan

126,476,461

South Korea

51,269,185

North Korea

25,778,816

Taiwan

23,816,775

Hong Kong

7,496,981

Mongolia

3,278,290

Macao

649,335

Eastern Asian Population in 2020 and it’s Historical

Year Population Annual %
Change
Annual
Change
Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban
Pop. %
Urban Population Eastern Asia’s
Share of
World Pop.
World Population Eastern Asia
Rank within
Asia
2020 1,678,089,619 0.4 % 6,581,139 -207,100 39.4 1.65 145 64.3 % 1,078,434,915 22.7 % 7,794,798,739 2
2020 1,678,089,619 0.33 % 5,478,521 -207,054 38.0 1.63 145 64.3 % 1,078,434,915 21.5 % 7,794,798,739 2
2019 1,672,611,098 0.37 % 6,139,768 -207,054 38.0 1.63 145 63.3 % 1,059,488,755 21.7 % 7,713,468,100  
2018 1,666,471,330 0.40 % 6,703,335 -207,054 38.0 1.63 144 62.4 % 1,039,790,968 21.8 % 7,631,091,040 2
2017 1,659,767,995 0.43 % 7,133,315 -207,054 38.0 1.63 144 61.4 % 1,019,385,342 22.0 % 7,547,858,925 2
2016 1,652,634,680 0.45 % 7,450,754 -207,054 38.0 1.63 143 60.4 % 998,346,521 22.1 % 7,464,022,049 2
2015 1,645,183,926 0.5 % 8,064,898 -107,400 37.7 1.63 142 59.4 % 977,010,127 23.6 % 7,379,797,139 2
2010 1,604,859,437 0.51 % 8,133,426 -342,200 35.8 1.59 139 54.1 % 868,193,190 24.5 % 6,956,823,603 2
2005 1,564,192,305 0.58 % 8,882,199 -287,300 33.3 1.57 135 48 % 751,471,132 25.5 % 6,541,907,027 2
2000 1,519,781,309 0.74 % 11,043,335 -47,400 30.7 1.60 131 41.8 % 635,753,113 26.5 % 6,143,493,823 1
1995 1,464,564,633 1 % 14,245,967 -144,500 28.1 1.81 127 37.8 % 553,186,093 27.5 % 5,744,212,979 1
1990 1,393,334,798 1.65 % 21,876,901 -44,900 25.8 2.60 121 33.8 % 470,664,827 28.6 % 5,327,231,061 1
1985 1,283,950,293 1.39 % 17,164,896 13,500 24.4 2.45 111 30.6 % 393,153,604 28.8 % 4,870,921,740 1
1980 1,198,125,815 1.49 % 17,084,602 32,700 22.9 2.86 104 27.4 % 327,914,222 29.4 % 4,458,003,514 1
1975 1,112,702,806 2.17 % 22,653,536 -112,500 21.2 4.42 96 25.4 % 282,805,349 30.1 % 4,079,480,606 1
1970 999,435,124 2.54 % 23,529,469 207,500 20.2 5.57 86 25 % 249,424,766 29.9 % 3,700,437,046 1
1965 881,787,780 1.82 % 15,181,384 -220,700 20.6 5.49 76 17.1 % 150,628,617 29.1 % 3,339,583,597 1
1960 805,880,858 1.57 % 12,062,459 55,200 21.6 5.05 70 22.8 % 183,919,087 29.1 % 3,034,949,748 1
1955 745,568,565 1.93 % 13,606,662 -35,900 22.2 5.63 64 20.2 % 150,628,617 29.4 % 2,773,019,936 1

Source: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division provided an in-depth analysis of data in their report titled “World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision” using the medium-fertility variant. 

Eastern Asian Population Future Forecast

Year Population Annual %
Change
Annual
Change
Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban
Pop. %
Urban Population Eastern Asia’s
Share of
World Pop.
World Population Eastern Asia
Rank within
Asia
2020 1,678,089,619 0.4 % 6,581,139 -207,100 39.4 1.65 145 64.3 % 1,078,434,915 22.7 % 7,794,798,739 2
2025 1,695,427,576 0.21 % 3,467,591 -238,200 41.2 1.64 147 68.5 % 1,160,856,728 21.8 % 8,184,437,460 2
2030 1,699,379,603 0.05 % 790,405 -212,900 43.3 1.65 147 71.9 % 1,222,479,233 20.8 % 8,548,487,400 2
2035 1,692,472,426 -0.08 % -1,381,435 -187,100 45.5 1.66 146 74.7 % 1,263,838,140 19.0 % 8,887,524,213 2
2040 1,675,643,146 -0.2 % -3,365,856 -187,100 47.0 1.66 145 76.8 % 1,286,455,223 18.9 % 9,198,847,240 2
2045 1,650,331,115 -0.3 % -5,062,406 -186,300 47.9 1.66 143 78.4 % 1,293,158,117 17.9 % 9,481,803,274 2
2050 1,617,342,069 -0.4 % -6,597,809 -185,200 48.3 1.66 140 79.8 % 1,290,701,455 17.1 % 9,735,033,990 2

Understanding the Demographics of Eastern Asia: Key Terms Explained

Year

The term “year” refers to the period from July 1 of the year indicated. This period is used as a reference point for all demographic data related to Asia.

Population

The population refers to the overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the region as of July 1 of the year indicated. This data is estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division using the World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.

Yearly (Annual) % Change

The yearly % change is the percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) for the year 2019. For all other years, the latest year’s annual percentage change is equivalent to assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five-year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly (Annual) Change

The yearly change refers to the absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in a number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019) for the year 2019. For all other years, it is the average annual numerical change over the preceding five-year period.

Migrants (net)

Migrants (net) refer to the average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five-year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five-year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age

The median age is the age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate

The fertility rate (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR) is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the countries within Asia, assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²)

Density (P/Km²) refers to the population density or the population per square kilometer (Km²) in a given region.

Urban Pop %

The urban pop % is the percentage of the urban population in relation to the total population in a given region.

Urban Population

The urban population refers to the population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Eastern Asia’s Share of World Pop.

Total population as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population

The world population refers to the total population of the world as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank

The global rank is the position held by Asia in the list of all regions worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

By understanding these key terms, one can gain a deeper understanding of the demographics of Asia and how they relate to the rest of the world.

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