There are 65 people born in 1909 still in Jeollanam-do, and should everyone keep on as they've been keeping on, there will be 220 centenarians in the province this year. Of those 65---12 men and 53 women---Yeosu has seven, the administrative division with the most. Suncheon and Gwangyang have six each.
As it stands now, Suncheon has the highest number of centenarians in the province, at 27. Suncheon had, according to a 2006 article (reprinted below), the highest number of centenarians in the country in 2005.
South Korea had 961 people over the age of 100 as of November last year, the latest population and housing census said Wednesday. This is a 2.9 percent gain from 2000, the report compiled by the National Statistical Office (NSO) said. It added that the number of centenarians per 100,000 people came to 2.03 as of Nov. 1, 2005, up slightly from 2.02 in 2000. The census also said there were 857 female and 104 male centenarians, indicating that women lived longer than men, although the number of men over 100 jumped 26.8 percent compared to 2000, much higher than the 0.6 percent increase in women. Of the total, 394 were 100 years old as of last year, 199 were 101 years old and 54 were 104. The oldest persons alive as of late last year were two women born in 1894 who are 111 years old.
The oldest man alive is 107, while the census showed one married couple older than 100. The centenarians mainly worked in the agricultural sector. They also lived in a extended family structure made up of two to three generations living under the same roof. Reflecting the importance of healthy living habits, many ate moderately, did not smoke or drink and followed well-regulated daily activities. People who lived long usually had optimistic dispositions and enjoyed eating fruits and vegetables. Many lost their spouses to death, and very few through divorce. They also got married relatively young, with the average male taking a wife at the age of 21, while the women wed at 17.3. By area, 152 lived in Gyeonggi Province, followed by Seoul and South Jeolla Province. By city, Suncheon in South Jeolla Province had the largest number of centenarians with 18, followed by Jeju and Yeosu. The NSO report, however, said that of the 961 centenarians, 165 had been reported dead as of March 22.