South Africa Population (LIVE)

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South Africa Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of South Africa is 55,393,284 as of Monday, May 29, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • South Africa population is equivalent to 0.74% of the total world population.
  • South Africa ranks number 25 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in South Africa is 46 per Km2 (118 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 1,213,662 Km2 (468,597 sq. miles)
  • 64.3 % of the population is urban (35,633,585 people in 2017)
  • The median age in South Africa is 25.9 years.

Population of South Africa (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth Africa
Global Rank
2017 55,436,360 0.83 % 457,453 40,000 25.9 2.38 46 64.3 % 35,633,585 0.74 % 7,515,284,153 25
2016 54,978,907 0.9 % 488,501 40,000 25.9 2.38 45 63.9 % 35,151,862 0.74 % 7,432,663,275 25
2015 54,490,406 1.09 % 573,762 120,000 26 2.4 45 63.6 % 34,662,753 0.74 % 7,349,472,099 24
2010 51,621,594 1.32 % 653,729 280,500 24 2.55 43 62 % 32,012,490 0.74 % 6,929,725,043 25
2005 48,352,951 1.49 % 691,219 214,400 23 2.8 40 59.4 % 28,717,260 0.74 % 6,519,635,850 25
2000 44,896,856 1.62 % 694,009 31,800 23 2.95 37 56.8 % 25,513,344 0.73 % 6,126,622,121 27
1995 41,426,810 2.4 % 926,664 160,900 22 3.34 34 54.5 % 22,571,676 0.72 % 5,735,123,084 27
1990 36,793,490 2.21 % 762,095 -26,700 20 4 30 52 % 19,146,227 0.69 % 5,309,667,699 28
1985 32,983,013 2.55 % 781,174 35,000 20 4.56 27 49.4 % 16,284,482 0.68 % 4,852,540,569 28
1980 29,077,143 2.5 % 675,657 14,700 19 5 24 48.4 % 14,080,706 0.65 % 4,439,632,465 28
1975 25,698,856 2.69 % 639,271 46,300 19 5.47 21 48.1 % 12,363,484 0.63 % 4,061,399,228 29
1970 22,502,502 2.58 % 537,711 40,200 19 5.7 19 47.8 % 10,758,266 0.61 % 3,682,487,691 29
1965 19,813,947 2.64 % 483,516 -1,400 20 6.3 13 47.2 % 9,361,674 0.6 % 3,322,495,121 31
1960 17,396,367 2.49 % 402,362 2,700 20 6.2 14 46.6 % 8,110,005 0.58 % 3,018,343,828 31
1955 15,384,557 2.37 % 340,279 -1,400 20 6.3 13 44.4 % 6,832,773 0.56 % 2,758,314,525 31
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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South Africa Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth Africa
Global Rank
2020 56,668,602 0.79 % 435,639 40,000 27 2.28 47 65.4 % 37,044,087 0.73 % 7,758,156,792 25
2025 58,436,197 0.62 % 353,519 20,000 28 2.18 48 67.3 % 39,313,425 0.72 % 8,141,661,007 26
2030 60,034,391 0.54 % 319,639 20,000 29 2.09 50 69 % 41,449,818 0.71 % 8,500,766,052 27
2035 61,551,455 0.5 % 303,413 20,000 30 2.02 51 70.7 % 43,509,980 0.7 % 8,838,907,877 28
2040 63,000,652 0.47 % 289,839 20,000 32 1.96 52 72.2 % 45,468,239 0.69 % 9,157,233,976 28
2045 64,347,866 0.42 % 269,443 20,000 33 1.91 53 73.6 % 47,343,072 0.68 % 9,453,891,780 28
2050 65,539,534 0.37 % 238,334 20,000 34 1.87 54 74.9 % 49,102,541 0.67 % 9,725,147,994 29
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

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Notes

The South Africa Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of South Africa delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of South Africa (1950 - 2017) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2017.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2017. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2017: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2017: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by South Africa in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.


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