In less than ten years, women in South Korea will outnumber men something that has not happened as long as records have been kept.
This is according to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, which on Sunday released an analysis of the latest statistics.
The average woman's healthy lifespan has increased by five years since the turn of the century, and it remains consistently above that of men.
According to the ministry's calculations, at this rate, in 2030, there will be 99.8 men for every one hundred women.
The lower smoking and drinking rates among women may have played a part in lengthening their healthy lives relative to men.
Household dynamics are shifting as well.
More women are choosing to live by themselves over getting married.
The number of women living by themselves has increased by more than two fold from 20 years ago, while the number of couples getting married for the first time decreased by almost 40 percent.
"After I've gotten a stable job, there were so many things I wanted to do and enjoy. And I'm now in my late 30s. I don't have to feel that pressure to get married, and so I think that's why I'm still single."
This and other factors have led to plummeting birth rates.
The birth rate has fallen to an all-time low of zero.eight-4 babies likely to be born on average to women of childbearing age.
Along with the increase in single women, life satisfaction reported by women has risen as well.
More than 60 percent of women in 2020 answered that they were satisfied with their lives, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from 2017.
But still, less than 60 percent of women answered that women are treated fairly in South Korean society, while less than 30 percent answered that it was a safe place for women.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News