Meaning

Primary

Population

Word Type

noun

Explanation

The amount of people with mouths (that you have to feed) is the population that you have to feed.

Reading

じんこう
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. Since has two on'yomi readings, here's a mnemonic to help you remember which one to use:

Here at Tofugu, we measure population in jeans (じん). Each of us has just one pair of jeans, so if you know the jean count you know the population.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 人口が〜
  • 人口の〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 人口がふえる
    the population increases
    人口がへる
    the population decreases
    人口がおおい
    the population is large
  • 人口の三パーセント
    three percent of the population
    人口のほとんど
    most of the population
    人口の二人に一人
    one out of two of the population

Context Sentences

人口のはんぶんはだんせいです。

Half the population is male.

このむらの人口はたったの二十三にんです。

This village's population is only 23.

じぶんのまちの人口をしらないにほんじんはおおい。

Many Japanese people don’t know the population of their own town.

Kanji Composition