Shrinking cities in South Korea
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In many countries, demographic forces are not the primary influence on shrinking cities. However, in cases of potentially severe national population decline such as South Korea demography is destiny. As a result, most cities may face the possibility of shrinkage. Much of the urban shrinkage literature focuses on cities. While this is important in many respects, it may be less significant than a metropolitan approach where the impact may primarily be on economic development. In most Western countries suburban cities do much better, but the situation in the Seoul Metropolitan Area is less clear. The Seoul Metropolitan Area with 24.5 million people is one of the largest metropolitan regions in the world, yet according to world city formation criteria it stands much lower in global city ranking than its size might suggest, being ranked #17. Population pyramids have been available for North Korea only recently. The South Korean 2012 pyramid is starting to look like a light bulb shape.