South Africa Population (LIVE)

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South Africa Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of South Africa is 58,842,236 as of Sunday, November 17, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • South Africa 2019 population is estimated at 58,558,270 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • South Africa population is equivalent to 0.76% of the total world population.
  • South Africa ranks number 24 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in South Africa is 48 per Km2 (125 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 1,213,090 Km2 (468,376 sq. miles)
  • 66.3 % of the population is urban (38,820,239 people in 2019)
  • The median age in South Africa is 26.6 years.

Population of South Africa (2019 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
2019 58,558,270 1.33 % 765,752 145,405 26.6 2.52 48 66.3 % 38,820,239 0.76 % 7,713,468,100 24
2018 57,792,518 1.37 % 782,762 145,405 26.6 2.52 48 65.9 % 38,086,769 0.76 % 7,631,091,040 24
2017 57,009,756 1.43 % 802,110 145,405 26.6 2.52 47 65.5 % 37,348,154 0.76 % 7,547,858,925 24
2016 56,207,646 1.48 % 821,279 145,405 26.6 2.52 46 65.1 % 36,600,982 0.75 % 7,464,022,049 24
2015 55,386,367 1.58 % 833,881 183,939 26.4 2.55 46 64.7 % 35,844,349 0.75 % 7,379,797,139 24
2010 51,216,964 1.36 % 667,273 172,444 25.0 2.63 42 62.7 % 32,094,811 0.74 % 6,956,823,603 24
2005 47,880,601 1.26 % 582,579 157,796 23.8 2.61 39 60.7 % 29,065,720 0.73 % 6,541,907,027 26
2000 44,967,708 1.65 % 706,390127,980 22.6 2.88 37 57.9 % 26,015,136 0.73 % 6,143,493,823 27
1995 41,435,758 2.40 % 927,050 170,572 21.3 3.51 34 55.3 % 22,932,019 0.72 % 5,744,212,979 27
1990 36,800,509 2.40 % 824,327 -23,600 19.8 4.40 30 53.1 % 19,545,369 0.69 % 5,327,231,061 28
1985 32,678,874 2.73 % 824,421 36,200 19.5 4.90 27 51.0 % 16,653,360 0.67 % 4,870,921,740 28
1980 28,556,769 2.54 % 672,316 14,663 19.4 5.05 24 50.5 % 14,411,610 0.64 % 4,458,003,514 28
1975 25,195,187 2.68 % 625,082 44,532 19.3 5.50 21 50.1 % 12,610,547 0.62 % 4,079,480,606 29
1970 22,069,776 2.63 % 536,987 39,872 19.1 5.80 18 49.5 % 10,919,359 0.60 % 3,700,437,046 29
1965 19,384,841 2.54 % 457,000 21,310 19.4 6.00 16 48.6 % 9,422,320 0.58 % 3,339,583,597 31
1960 17,099,840 2.37 % 378,668 2,984 19.9 6.05 14 47.6 % 8,138,204 0.56 % 3,034,949,748 31
1955 15,206,502 2.22 % 315,615 1,492 20.6 6.05 13 44.9 % 6,829,341 0.55 % 2,773,019,936 31
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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South Africa Population Forecast

58,530
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 59,308,690 1.38 % 784,465 145,405 27.6 2.41 49 66.7 % 39,550,889 0.76 % 7,794,798,739 25
2025 62,802,683 1.15 % 698,799 112,349 28.7 2.41 52 68.6 % 43,112,579 0.77 % 8,184,437,460 24
2030 65,956,081 0.98 % 630,680 91,759 29.6 2.41 54 70.4 % 46,457,072 0.77 % 8,548,487,400 24
2035 68,818,987 0.85 % 572,581 76,008 30.5 2.41 57 72.1 % 49,631,106 0.77 % 8,887,524,213 24
2040 71,375,305 0.73 % 511,264 59,663 31.6 2.41 59 73.7 % 52,625,241 0.78 % 9,198,847,240 24
2045 73,619,543 0.62 % 448,848 58,397 32.7 2.41 61 75.3 % 55,447,449 0.78 % 9,481,803,274 23
2050 75,517,920 0.51 % 379,675   33.9 2.41 62 76.9 % 58,056,843 0.78 % 9,735,033,990 25
: Worldometers (www.worldometers.info//)
, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

South Africa Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of South Africa
Life Expectancy
64.88 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
23.6
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
30.7
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
29,216,012 49.26% 30,092,678 50.74% 59,308,690 0.97

Population Pyramid for South Africa (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 8,636,966 50.56% 8,444,602 49.44% 17,081,568 28.80%
15-24 4,949,201 50.31% 4,888,101 49.69% 9,837,302 16.59%
25-54 12,504,061 49.80% 12,604,069 50.20% 25,108,130 42.33%
55-64 1,839,971 45.84% 2,174,144 54.16% 4,014,115 6.77%
65+ 1,285,813 39.35% 1,981,762 60.65% 3,267,575 5.51%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 17,081,568 28.80% 43.8
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 38,959,547 65.69% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 3,267,575 5.51% 8.4
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
20,349,143 34.31% 52.2

Main Cities by Population in South Africa

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Cape Town 3,433,441
2 Durban 3,120,282
3 Johannesburg 2,026,469
4 Soweto 1,695,047
5 Pretoria 1,619,438
6 Port Elizabeth 967,677
7 Pietermaritzburg 750,845
8 Benoni 605,344
9 Tembisa 511,655
10 East London 478,676
11 Vereeniging 474,681
12 Bloemfontein 463,064
13 Boksburg 445,168
14 Welkom 431,944
15 Newcastle 404,838
16 Krugersdorp 378,821
17 Diepsloot 350,000
18 Randburg 337,053
19 Botshabelo 309,714
20 Brakpan 305,692
21 Witbank 262,491
22 Richards Bay 252,968
23 Vanderbijlpark 246,754
24 Centurion 233,386
25 Uitenhage 228,912
26 Roodepoort 225,000
27 Paarl 190,000
28 Springs 186,394
29 Carletonville 182,304
30 Klerksdorp 178,921
31 Midrand 173,009
32 Westonaria 156,831
33 Middelburg 154,706
34 Vryheid 150,012
35 Orkney 145,801
36 Kimberley 142,089
37 eMbalenhle 141,741
38 Nigel 140,644
39 Mpumalanga 140,121
40 Bhisho 137,287
41 Randfontein 133,654
42 Worcester 127,597
43 Rustenburg 124,064
44 Polokwane 123,749
45 Potchefstroom 123,669
46 Virginia 122,502
47 Brits 122,497
48 Alberton 121,536
49 Nelspruit 110,159
50 Phalaborwa 109,468
51 Queenstown 105,309
52 Kroonstad 103,992
53 Bethal 101,919
54 Mokopane 101,090
55 Mabopane 97,417
56 Kutloanong 95,008
57 Stellenbosch 94,263
58 Stilfontein 93,110
59 Delmas 92,046
60 Grahamstown 91,548
61 Warmbaths 90,210
62 Louis Trichardt 86,854
63 Dundee 84,413
64 Piet Retief 84,349
65 Phuthaditjhaba 84,258
66 Bethlehem 83,654
67 Mthatha 78,663
68 Sasolburg 77,016
69 Mmabatho 76,754
70 Standerton 74,021

See also

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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 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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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