South Africa Population 2016

The last national census of the South African population was carried out in 2011.

The findings in 2011 suggest that there had been a significant rise in numbers over the course of the previous ten years and that the South African population had finally hit the 50 million mark, making it the 24th largest country in the world as far as pure numbers are concerned. In 2014, the estimate is 53.1 million, but because of other nations outpacing South Africa’s growth rate, this would drop the nation to 25th place for being the most populous.

South Africa Population History

At the 2001 Census, the final declared total for resident citizens in South Africa was 44,819,778. In terms of population density, that equated to 41.4 people living in every square kilometre of land (107.2 per square mile) and the country’s sparseness was highlighted by the fact that it was only the 169th biggest in the world for density alone.

Turning to demographics, the bureau in charge of providing statistics provided an estimate in 2010, which included five racial groups. Of the total South African population at the time, 79.4 percent declared themselves to be Black African while 9.2 percent were shown as White, 8.8 percent coloured and 2.6 percent Indian or Asian. There was a final category shown as unspecified / other but the results were negligible and as such were ultimately omitted.

Population of South Africa 2014

The 2011 Census was carried out in October of 2011 and showed that the population had climbed to over 50.5 million people. That represents a rise of nearly six million people over the course of the previous ten years.

So what are the reasons for this increase? The question of immigration raises a contrasting set of views. The South African Migration Project has claimed that the country is more opposed to immigrants than anywhere else in the world. However, in 2008 it was revealed that over 200,000 refugees applied for asylum in South Africa, more than four times the number declared the year before.

Elsewhere, South Africa is also concerned about a skills drain which has seen many professionals, particularly those in the medical sphere, leave the country and seek a career elsewhere.

South Africa Population Clock

What is the population of South Africa (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 15,042
Deaths Per Day 9,623
Net Migrations Per Day 548
Net Change Per Day 5,967
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

South Africa Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 19.757 births/thousand 80th
Crude Death Rate 12.639 deaths/thousand 19th
Crude Net Migration Rate 0.72 people/thousand 49th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 57.69 years 179th
Life Expectancy (Male) 55.72 years 181st
Life Expectancy (Female) 59.28 years 179th
Total Fertility Rate 2.282 children/woman 89th
Net Reproduction Rate 0.997 surviving daughters/woman 101st
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 153rd
Infant Mortality Rate 33.547 deaths/1,000 live births 57th
Under Five Mortality 42.803 deaths/thousand 57th
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.834 years 145th

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision)

South Africa Population Growth

There are no clear indicators to suggest that the population of South Africa won’t continue its growth and by the time the next Census is carried out in 2021, numbers could have reached sixty million.

South Africa Population History

Year Population Male Population Female Population Density (per sq km) Growth Rate
2016 54,978,907 27,054,921 27,923,986 45 0.8286%
2015 54,490,405 26,797,256 27,693,150 44 0.8925%
2010 51,621,594 25,321,798 26,299,796 42 1.1856%
2005 48,352,950 23,743,982 24,608,969 39 1.386%
2000 44,896,856 22,102,957 22,793,899 37 1.5083%
1995 41,426,810 20,409,014 21,017,796 34 1.8734%
1990 36,793,490 18,204,318 18,589,172 30 2.4137%
1985 32,983,013 16,395,003 16,588,010 27 2.25%
1980 29,077,142 14,462,567 14,614,576 23 2.5524%
1975 25,698,856 12,804,526 12,894,330 21 2.5179%
1970 22,502,502 11,200,590 11,301,912 18 2.6501%
1965 19,813,947 9,847,927 9,966,020 16 2.5477%
1960 17,396,367 8,697,081 8,699,286 14 2.5745%
1955 15,384,556 7,682,055 7,702,502 12 2.4099%
1950 13,683,162 6,815,591 6,867,571 11 2.2455%

South Africa Population Projections

Year Population Male Population Female Population Density (per sq km) Growth Rate
2020 56,668,602 27,961,895 28,706,707 46 0.6644%
2025 58,436,197 28,938,271 29,497,926 48 0.5604%
2030 60,034,390 29,819,677 30,214,714 49 0.5125%
2035 61,551,455 30,640,276 30,911,179 50 0.4793%
2040 63,000,652 31,407,007 31,593,645 51 0.4419%
2045 64,347,865 32,100,988 32,246,878 53 0.3928%
2050 65,539,534 32,687,667 32,851,867 54 0.322%
2055 66,492,945 33,126,853 33,366,092 54 0.2386%
2060 67,183,110 33,408,778 33,774,333 55 0.1622%
2065 67,636,314 33,552,552 34,083,762 55 0.0936%
2070 67,864,584 33,574,770 34,289,814 55 0.0284%
2075 67,878,330 33,492,905 34,385,426 55 -0.0309%
2080 67,703,172 33,330,016 34,373,156 55 -0.0806%
2085 67,374,091 33,103,037 34,271,054 55 -0.1209%
2090 66,920,249 32,827,417 34,092,832 55 -0.1565%
2095 66,355,288 32,511,586 33,843,702 54 -0.1881%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations