South Africa Population 2017

55,461,076

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. 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.

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 in 2017Source: Michael Denne from Hobart, Australia

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

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.

About South Africa

Official NameRepublic of South Africa
Languages SpokenNorthern Sotho, Venda, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Swazi, English, Southern Ndebele
BordersBWA, LSO, MOZ, NAM, SWZ, ZWE
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-2924
Currencies UsedZAR

South Africa Population Density

Name Population
Riverlea
Newlands5,343
Carnarvon5,785
Port Saint John's5,939
Albertina6,372
Constantia6,922
Willowmore7,100
Ladismith7,127
Hardys Memories of Africa7,500
Calvinia8,146
Kuruman9,093
Dordrecht9,123
Kathu9,219
Alice9,788
Ritchie9,960
Rosebank10,000
Orange Farm10,000
Molteno10,078
Danielskuil10,123
Mooirivier10,132
Kirkwood10,148
Thabazimbi10,365
Springbok10,438
Vredefort10,649
Ventersburg10,698
Marquard10,839
Ilinge10,899
Winburg11,072
Prieska11,236
Villiers11,240
Koppies11,445
Barkly West11,621
Thulamahashi11,655
Jeffrey's Bay11,698
Elliot11,836
Belfast11,916
Whittlesea12,080
Brandfort12,091
Koster12,126
Adelaide12,212
Clocolan12,318
George12,345
Deneysville12,397
Colesberg12,423
Zastron12,449
Sundumbili12,455
Mankoeng12,499
Burgersdorp12,548
Breyten12,550
Hoopstad12,663
Ga-Kgapane13,000
Prince Albert13,136
Jan Kempdorp13,485
Glencoe13,547
Swellendam13,674
Greytown13,912
Mahikeng14,000
Ekuvukeni14,331
Claremont14,531
Vrede14,622
Eshowe14,786
Vredendal14,806
Bredasdorp14,936
Berea15,000
Kriel15,055
Rondebosch15,158
Hendrina15,871
White River15,954
Somerset East16,155
Riversdale16,176
Reitz16,637
Tzaneen16,954
Bloemhof17,122
Ballitoville17,218
Ladybrand17,228
Lansdowne17,399
Christiana17,523
Zeerust17,708
Warrenton17,946
Port Alfred17,959
Middelburg18,164
Kruisfontein18,991
Plettenberg Bay19,445
Queensdale20,009
Umkomaas20,410
Secunda20,418
Komatipoort20,508
Modimolle20,527
Ulundi20,753
Lydenburg21,695
Pampierstad21,800
Hennenman22,847
Scottburgh23,949
Duiwelskloof24,572
Midstream25,000
Lady Frere25,041
Hermanus25,153
Kokstad25,373
Cullinan25,490
Mpophomeni26,229
Siyabuswa26,236
Bronkhorstspruit27,343
Empangeni28,093
Driefontein28,127
Howick28,725
Grabouw29,885
Nkowakowa30,138
Allanridge31,700
Retreat32,289
De Aar32,318
Richmond32,445
Cradock32,898
Lebowakgomo33,308
Butterworth34,353
Margate34,407
Theunissen34,718
Malmesbury34,991
Harrismith35,108
Stutterheim35,510
Giyani37,024
Ekangala37,650
Thaba Nchu38,616
Senekal39,584
Ermelo41,124
Ceres41,596
Wesselsbron42,552
Volksrust43,378
Thohoyandou44,046
Aliwal North44,436
Beaufort West44,737
Mondlo44,922
Balfour46,008
eSikhawini49,265
Wolmaransstad49,366
Vryburg49,588
Port Shepstone52,793
Viljoenskroon54,955
Heilbron55,196
Kraaifontein57,911
Fort Beaufort58,419
Mossel Bay59,031
Stanger59,899
Atlantis60,266
Oudtshoorn61,507
Fochville62,416
Graaff-Reinet62,896
Heidelberg64,199
Lichtenburg65,863
Barberton67,927
Saldanha68,284
Knysna68,659
Ga-Rankuwa68,767
Schweizer-Reneke70,214
Parys71,319
Upington71,373
Bothaville71,934
Standerton74,021
Mmabatho76,754
Sasolburg77,016
Mthatha78,663
Bethlehem83,654
Phuthaditjhaba84,258
Piet Retief84,349
Dundee84,413
Louis Trichardt86,854
Warmbaths90,210
Grahamstown91,548
Delmas92,046
Stilfontein93,110
Stellenbosch94,263
Kutloanong95,008
Mabopane97,417
Mokopane101,090
Bethal101,919
Kroonstad103,992
Queenstown105,309
Phalaborwa109,468
Nelspruit110,159
Brits122,497
Virginia122,502
Potchefstroom123,669
Polokwane123,749
Rustenburg124,064
Worcester127,597
Randfontein133,654
Bhisho137,287
Mpumalanga140,121
Nigel140,644
eMbalenhle141,741
Kimberley142,089
Orkney145,801
Vryheid150,012
Middelburg154,706
Westonaria156,831
Midrand173,009
Klerksdorp178,921
Carletonville182,304
Springs186,394
Paarl190,000
Roodepoort225,000
Uitenhage228,912
Centurion233,386
Vanderbijlpark246,754
Richards Bay252,968
Witbank262,491
Brakpan305,692
Botshabelo309,714
Diepsloot350,000
Krugersdorp378,821
Newcastle404,838
Welkom431,944
Boksburg445,168
Bloemfontein463,064
Vereeniging474,681
East London478,676
Tembisa511,655
Benoni605,344
Pietermaritzburg750,845
Port Elizabeth967,677
Pretoria1,619,438
Soweto1,695,047
Johannesburg2,026,469
Durban3,120,282
Cape Town3,433,441

South Africa Population Clock

What is the population of South Africa (as of September 13, 2017)?55,461,076
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)55436360
Births Per Day603
Deaths Per Day379
Net Migrations Per Day 110
Net Change Per Day 334
Population Change Since January 1st85,170

South Africa Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 19.879 births/thousand83
Crude Death Rate 12.5 deaths/thousand19
Crude Net Migration Rate 0.72 people/thousand54
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 57.852 years188
Male Life Expectancy 55.797 years189
Female Life Expectancy 59.541 years187
Total Fertility Rate 2.292 children/woman92
Net Reproduction Rate 0.997 surviving daughters/woman105
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female160
Infant Mortality Rate 33.542 deaths/1,000 live births58
Under Five Mortality 42.901 deaths/thousand57
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.834 years154
Rate of Natural Increase 7.118 134
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 22.843 %186
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 22.339 %184
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 23.315 %189
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 48.326 %197
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 50.48 %199
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 46.332 %197
Crude Suicide Rate 2.7 suicides/thousand142
Median Age (Total) 26.8 years137
Median Age (Female) 27 years136
Median Age (Male) 26.5 years136

South Africa Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201755,436,36049.242%50.758%451630.77%25
201554,490,40549.178%50.822%441640.89%24
201051,621,59449.053%50.947%421621.19%25
200548,352,95049.106%50.894%391591.39%25
200044,896,85649.231%50.769%371581.51%27
199541,426,81049.265%50.735%341571.87%27
199036,793,49049.477%50.523%301602.41%28
198532,983,01349.707%50.293%271592.25%28
198029,077,14249.739%50.261%231602.55%28
197525,698,85649.825%50.175%211592.52%29
197022,502,50249.775%50.225%181602.65%29
196519,813,94749.702%50.298%161592.55%29
196017,396,36749.994%50.006%141552.57%31
195515,384,55649.934%50.066%121572.41%31
195013,683,16249.81%50.19%111562.25%31

South Africa Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202056,668,60249.343%50.657%461620.66%25
202558,436,19749.521%50.479%481630.56%26
203060,034,39049.671%50.329%491650.51%27
203561,551,45549.78%50.22%501650.48%28
204063,000,65249.852%50.148%511650.44%28
204564,347,86549.887%50.113%531630.39%28
205065,539,53449.875%50.125%541640.32%29
205566,492,94549.82%50.18%541650.24%30
206067,183,11049.728%50.272%551630.16%30
206567,636,31449.607%50.393%551630.09%31
207067,864,58449.473%50.527%551620.03%32
207567,878,33049.343%50.657%55164-0.03%33
208067,703,17249.23%50.77%55164-0.08%35
208567,374,09149.133%50.867%55164-0.12%37
209066,920,24949.055%50.945%55165-0.16%38
209566,355,28848.996%51.004%54165-0.19%38
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations