South Africa Population (LIVE)

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South Africa Population (1950 - 2018)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of South Africa is 56,878,575 as of Tuesday, September 26, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • South Africa population is equivalent to 0.75% 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 47 per Km2 (121 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. miles)
  • 62.8 % of the population is urban (35,633,585 people in 2017)
  • The median age in South Africa is 26.3 years.

Population of South Africa (2018 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
2018 57,398,421 1.20 % 681,265 60,000 26.3 2.52 47 62.1 % 36,109,167 0.75 % 7,632,819,325 25
2017 56,717,156 1.25 % 701,683 60,000 26.3 2.52 47 62.8 % 35,633,585 0.75 % 7,550,262,101 25
2016 56,015,473 1.31 % 724,248 60,000 26.3 2.52 46 62.8 % 35,151,862 0.75 % 7,466,964,280 24
2015 55,291,225 1.40 % 741,312 161,300 26.1 2.55 46 62.7 % 34,662,753 0.75 % 7,383,008,820 24
2010 51,584,663 1.11 % 552,815 125,500 24.8 2.63 43 62.1 % 32,012,490 0.74 % 6,958,169,159 24
2005 48,820,586 1.32 % 618,454 119,200 23.8 2.75 40 58.8 % 28,717,260 0.75 % 6,542,159,383 24
2000 45,728,315 1.67 % 728,03062,700 22.8 2.95 38 55.8 % 25,513,344 0.74 % 6,145,006,989 27
1995 42,088,165 2.30 % 905,528 147,900 21.6 3.34 35 53.6 % 22,571,676 0.73 % 5,751,474,416 26
1990 37,560,525 2.17 % 766,075 -25,810 20.1 4.00 31 51.0 % 19,146,227 0.70 % 5,330,943,460 28
1985 33,730,148 2.54 % 793,935 36,200 19.6 4.60 28 48.3 % 16,284,482 0.69 % 4,873,781,796 28
1980 29,760,471 2.57 % 709,613 14,663 19.3 5.05 25 47.3 % 14,080,706 0.67 % 4,458,411,534 28
1975 26,212,405 2.79 % 674,591 45,320 19.2 5.50 22 47.2 % 12,363,484 0.64 % 4,079,087,198 28
1970 22,839,451 2.75 % 579,430 39,703 19.0 5.80 19 47.1 % 10,758,266 0.62 % 3,700,577,650 29
1965 19,942,303 2.70 % 497,090 1,492 20.3 6.05 16 46.9 % 9,361,674 0.60 % 3,339,592,688 31
1960 17,456,855 2.57 % 416,005 2,984 19.6 6.05 14 46.5 % 8,110,005 0.58 % 3,033,212,527 31
1955 15,376,829 2.44 % 349,680 1,492 20.3 6.05 13 44.4 % 6,832,773 0.55 % 2,772,242,535 31
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 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 58,721,229 1.21 % 686,001 60,000 27.3 2.41 48 63.1 % 37,044,087 0.75 % 7,795,482,309 25
2025 61,790,036 1.02 % 613,761 40,000 28.5 2.30 51 63.6 % 39,313,425 0.75 % 8,185,613,757 24
2030 64,465,553 0.85 % 535,103 20,000 29.6 2.20 53 64.3 % 41,449,818 0.75 % 8,551,198,644 25
2035 66,880,284 0.74 % 482,946 20,000 30.7 2.11 55 65.1 % 43,509,980 0.75 % 8,892,701,940 26
2040 69,076,390 0.65 % 439,221 20,000 31.8 2.04 57 65.8 % 45,468,239 0.75 % 9,210,337,004 25
2045 71,045,890 0.56 % 393,900 20,000 32.9 1.98 59 66.6 % 47,343,072 0.75 % 9,504,209,572 26
2050 72,754,583 0.48 % 341,739 20,000 34.1 1.93 60 67.5 % 49,102,541 0.74 % 9,771,822,753 27
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 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 2017 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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