Southern Africa Population (LIVE)

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Southern Africa Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Countries in Southern Africa

CountryPopulation (2017)
South Africa(56,717,156)
Namibia(2,533,794)
Botswana(2,291,661)
Lesotho(2,233,339)
Swaziland(1,367,254)
  • The current population of Southern Africa is 65,459,787 as of Saturday, November 18, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Southern Africa population is equivalent to 0.86% of the total world population.
  • Southern Africa ranks number 5 in Africa among subregions ranked by Population.
  • The population density in Southern Africa is 25 per Km2 (64 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,650,670 Km2 (1,023,429 sq. miles)
  • 59.8 % of the population is urban (38,947,026 people in 2017).
  • The median age in Southern Africa is 25.7 years.

Population of Southern Africa (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationSouthern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouthern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2017 65,143,204 1.32 % 850,839 56,553 25.7 2.61 25 59.8 % 38,947,026 0.9 % 7,550,262,101 5
2016 64,292,365 1.38 % 872,726 56,553 25.7 2.61 24 59.7 % 38,383,357 0.9 % 7,466,964,280 5
2015 63,419,639 1.45 % 880,709 157,800 25.5 2.64 24 59.6 % 37,813,255 0.9 % 7,383,008,820 5
2010 59,016,093 1.14 % 650,409 110,000 24.3 2.71 22 58.9 % 34,780,443 0.9 % 6,958,169,159 5
2005 55,764,050 1.3 % 695,594 96,200 23.3 2.85 21 55.9 % 31,164,785 0.9 % 6,542,159,383 5
2000 52,286,079 1.71 % 850,262 57,400 22.3 3.09 20 52.9 % 27,666,121 0.9 % 6,145,006,989 5
1995 48,034,769 2.33 % 1,043,266 139,300 21.1 3.50 18 50.7 % 24,359,844 0.9 % 5,751,474,416 5
1990 42,818,440 2.28 % 914,720 -18,800 19.7 4.15 16 48 % 20,538,757 0.9 % 5,330,943,460 5
1985 38,244,841 2.57 % 911,410 22,400 19.2 4.75 14 45.1 % 17,230,454 0.9 % 4,873,781,796 5
1980 33,687,791 2.61 % 815,410 5,500 19.0 5.19 13 43.8 % 14,756,325 0.8 % 4,458,411,534 5
1975 29,610,743 2.8 % 763,306 38,800 18.9 5.60 11 43.5 % 12,872,224 0.8 % 4,079,087,198 5
1970 25,794,211 2.73 % 649,393 32,000 18.8 5.86 10 43.1 % 11,118,655 0.8 % 3,700,577,650 5
1965 22,547,245 2.65 % 552,506 -4,100 20.1 6.06 9 30.8 % 6,953,551 0.7 % 3,339,592,688 5
1960 19,784,716 2.51 % 461,120 -6,600 19.4 6.07 7 41.8 % 8,277,523 0.7 % 3,033,212,527 5
1955 17,479,115 2.39 % 389,187 -4,100 20.1 6.06 7 39.8 % 6,953,551 0.7 % 2,772,242,535 5
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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Southern Africa Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationSouthern Africa's
Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouthern Africa
Rank within
Africa
2020 67,595,044 1.28 % 835,081 56,600 26.7 2.49 26 60.1 % 40,609,450 0.9 % 7,795,482,309 5
2025 71,396,228 1.1 % 760,237 36,600 27.8 2.37 27 60.7 % 43,318,068 0.9 % 8,185,613,757 5
2030 74,786,037 0.93 % 677,962 17,000 28.9 2.26 28 61.4 % 45,910,560 0.9 % 8,551,198,644 5
2035 77,902,903 0.82 % 623,373 17,000 30.0 2.17 29 62.2 % 48,432,220 0.9 % 8,892,701,940 5
2040 80,793,877 0.73 % 578,195 17,000 31.1 2.09 30 62.9 % 50,847,790 0.9 % 9,210,337,004 5
2045 83,444,005 0.65 % 530,026 17,000 32.3 2.02 31 63.7 % 53,189,902 0.9 % 9,504,209,572 5
2050 85,799,991 0.56 % 471,197 17,000 33.5 1.97 32 64.6 % 55,422,011 0.9 % 9,771,822,753 5
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 Southern Africa Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Southern Africa delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Southern 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 sub-region 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 countries within Southern Africa, 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.

Southern Africa's Share of World Pop: Total population 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.

Rank within Africa: Position held by Southern Africa in the list of all regions within Africa ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.

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