Southern Africa Population (LIVE)

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Southern Africa Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)

Countries in Southern Africa

CountryPopulation (2020)
South Africa59,308,690
Namibia2,540,905
Botswana2,351,627
Lesotho2,142,249
Eswatini1,160,164
  • The current population of Southern Africa is 67,590,725 as of Saturday, August 8, 2020, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Southern Africa population is equivalent to 0.87% 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 (66 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,650,670 Km2 (1,023,429 sq. miles)
  • 64.7 % of the population is urban (43,688,187 people in 2019).
  • The median age in Southern Africa is 27.0years.

Population of Southern Africa (2019 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
2020 67,503,635 1.4 % 903,717 125,200 27.0 2.50 25 64.7 % 43,688,187 0.9 % 7,794,798,739 5
2020 67,503,635 1.31 % 873,740 125,199 26.1 2.61 25 64.7 % 43,688,187 0.9 % 7,794,798,739 5
2019 66,629,895 1.35 % 890,399 125,199 26.1 2.61 25 64.3 % 42,829,910 0.9 % 7,713,468,100
2018 65,739,496 1.40 % 905,688 125,199 26.1 2.61 25 63.8 % 41,970,076 0.9 % 7,631,091,040 5
2017 64,833,808 1.44 % 919,164 125,199 26.1 2.61 24 63.4 % 41,106,532 0.9 % 7,547,858,925 5
2016 63,914,644 1.48 % 929,592 125,199 26.1 2.61 24 63 % 40,236,060 0.9 % 7,464,022,049 5
2015 62,985,052 1.53 % 920,338 144,000 25.8 2.64 24 62.5 % 39,358,000 0.9 % 7,379,797,139 5
2010 58,383,361 1.33 % 747,734 153,400 24.5 2.71 22 60 % 35,033,133 0.9 % 6,956,823,603 5
2005 54,644,692 1.21 % 640,168 121,200 23.3 2.72 21 57.7 % 31,525,848 0.9 % 6,541,907,027 5
2000 51,443,852 1.67 % 817,123 118,400 22.1 3.00 19 54.7 % 28,155,877 0.9 % 6,143,493,823 5
1995 47,358,236 2.41 % 1,062,380 165,800 20.8 3.63 18 52.2 % 24,706,851 0.9 % 5,744,212,979 5
1990 42,046,337 2.5 % 974,904 -15,100 19.4 4.49 16 49.7 % 20,912,450 0.9 % 5,327,231,061 5
1985 37,171,815 2.76 % 946,268 24,400 19.1 5.02 14 47.3 % 17,575,710 0.8 % 4,870,921,740 5
1980 32,440,477 2.59 % 779,092 6,000 19.0 5.19 12 46.5 % 15,079,862 0.8 % 4,458,003,514 5
1975 28,545,018 2.71 % 713,976 37,700 19.0 5.60 11 46 % 13,119,613 0.8 % 4,079,480,606 5
1970 24,975,139 2.61 % 603,499 29,500 18.9 5.86 9 45.2 % 11,279,997 0.7 % 3,700,437,046 5
1965 21,957,644 2.5 % 509,413 9,400 19.2 6.03 8 31.7 % 6,950,244 0.7 % 3,339,583,597 5
1960 19,410,580 2.32 % 420,616 -9,900 19.7 6.07 7 42.8 % 8,305,736 0.7 % 3,034,949,748 5
1955 17,307,499 2.19 % 354,893 -5,200 20.3 6.06 7 40.2 % 6,950,244 0.7 % 2,773,019,936 5
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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 67,503,635 1.4 % 903,717 125,200 27.0 2.50 25 64.7 % 43,688,187 0.9 % 7,794,798,739 5
2025 71,595,910 1.18 % 818,455 97,900 28.1 2.50 27 66.9 % 47,899,966 0.9 % 8,184,437,460 5
2030 75,364,291 1.03 % 753,676 84,200 29.0 2.50 28 68.9 % 51,909,443 0.9 % 8,548,487,400 5
2035 78,865,535 0.91 % 700,249 74,300 29.8 2.51 30 70.7 % 55,757,861 0.9 % 8,887,524,213 5
2040 82,054,886 0.8 % 637,870 58,400 31.0 2.51 31 72.4 % 59,431,696 0.9 % 9,198,847,240 5
2045 84,910,397 0.69 % 571,102 57,500 32.1 2.51 32 74.1 % 62,936,121 0.9 % 9,481,803,274 5
2050 87,378,567 0.57 % 493,634 58,000 33.3 2.52 33 75.8 % 66,231,499 0.9 % 9,735,033,990 5
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 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 Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Southern 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 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 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 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.

See also