Kindergarten Enrollment Rates

(Unit: person, %)

Year School age population  Number of school-aged students   Enrollment rate 
1980 2,378,191 66,433 2.8
1990 1,943,912 414,532 21.3
2000 2,077,214 545,263 26.2
2005 1,730,983 538,787 31.1
2010 1,332,415 537,577 40.3
2011 1,371,521 564,312 41.1
2012 1,386,331 612,794 44.2
2013 1,374,052 654,821 47.7
2014 1,371,470 651,561 47.5
2015 1,392,718 681,433 48.9
2016 1,412,481 703,226 49.8
2017 1,364,497 693,472 50.8
2018 1,335,495 675,489 50.6
2019 1,301,410 633,465 48.7
2020 1,249,666 612,201 49.0
2021 1,151,379 582,212 50.6

School age: Kindergarten (3-5 years old), elementary school (6-11 years old), middle school (12-14 years old), high school (15-17 years old) (same as below)

Population Prospects (published in March 2019 by Statistics Korea; data collection completed on July 1 every year) based on the median estimate
  • The population comprises the totality of the people residing in the Republic of Korea regardless of nationality (including foreigners).
  • The population from 1960 to 2017 is fixed; however, the population after 2018 may change in the next population projections.
  • The median estimate is the result of combining median assumptions by population change factor (birth, death, immigration).
Enrollment rate (%) = (Number of school-aged students / school age population) × 100 (same as below)