Numbers and Rations in Party

The total population of North Korea is said to be over 20 million (the exact figures are unknown because there is no official announcement). But what percentage of the members of the Workers Party of Korea are among them?

The number of Labor members is three million. Since North Korea has a total population of about 22 million, one in three or four is a member of the party, excluding children who are not eligible to join the party. (Lee Yonghe, “North Korea: The Night of a Secret Assembly”)
The estimated number of party members is four million. In addition to simply having a large number of people, there are party members in all workplaces and organizations throughout the country, where the cells that constitute the terminal organizations are organized and controlled to adhere to the party’s policies. (Koichi Ishizaka, Chapter 51 to Know North Korea)

If the population is more than 20 million and 3 to 4 million, the population ratio is around 20%. But some claim 6 to 7 percent, as follows:

The People’s Army has more than 20 percent of its members, from officers to soldiers, and more than North Korea’s total population (1.5 million, 6 to 7 percent). (Jun Shimizu, “North Korean People’s Army”)

The fact that the numbers go up and down by witnesses probably means that it is more difficult to get accurate statistics on North Korea

What about the gender ratio of party members?

The male member rate is about 60% and the female is less than 5%. Approximately fifty percent are members of the party, even for college graduates only. A college graduate does not mean that the percentage of party members is high, because contribution to the party is given priority over education. (Kim ki-sung, “Introduction to Life in North Korea”

Males are overwhelmingly dominant, but in fact women are preferred to party members.

Women tend to be favored as party members because most women do not drink and adhere to the rules (Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy:Ordinary Lives in North Korea)

Nevertheless, men are likely to have a higher percentage of members because they are more likely to have a career aspiration and ambition than women.