Durban Population 2022

3,199,329
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Durban is a South African city found in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the largest city in the province by population and has one of the most populous urban areas in the country. The city is most known for being the home of the busiest port in South Africa. It is also a major hub for manufacturing, as well as a tourist hotspot because of its sunny climate, beautiful beaches, unique culture, and various attractions. The city’s population is just over 595,000. The metro area has a population of over 3.8 million.

City Size and Population Density

Durban covers a total area of over 87 square miles (225 square kilometers), with a population density of 6,800 people residing per square mile (2,600 per square mile).

Durban Population Demographics

Almost half of the residents of Durban speak English as their first language. Other languages spoken in this city include Zulu, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.

In terms of race, over 51% of residents are Black African. Nearly one-quarter of the population is Indian or Asian, while 15.3% are White, and 8.6% are designated as Coloured. The largest ethnic group are the Zulus.

Sixty-eight percent of the city’s residents are under age 19, while 68% are working age.

Population Growth

The city in the past several decades has seen significant growth, although it has slowed to just over 1% in recent years. A population boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s led to the development of shanty towns. Today, many of these have been demolished as the government has developed low-income housing. Growth is expected to continue for Durban, although crime rates have recently begun to rise again after declining in the 2000s. Whether the increase in crime will continue and whether or not it will affect future population growth remains unseen.

Year Population
1950483,990
1951500,529
1952517,658
1953535,323
1954553,617
1955572,536
1956592,129
1957612,335
1958633,261
1959654,901
1960677,313
1961694,386
1962710,530
1963727,049
1964743,976
1965761,249
1966778,947
1967797,057
1968815,614
1969834,549
1970855,528
1971886,006
1972917,613
1973950,256
1974984,108
19751,019,165
19761,055,523
19771,093,072
19781,132,012
19791,172,338
19801,214,160
19811,257,352
19821,302,144
19831,348,532
19841,396,639
19851,446,323
19861,497,847
19871,551,206
19881,606,543
19891,663,694
19901,722,961
19911,789,917
19921,872,086
19931,957,786
19942,047,535
19952,141,398
19962,239,703
19972,332,961
19982,426,557
19992,523,908
20002,625,306
20012,730,483
20022,775,543
20032,796,666
20042,817,978
20052,839,394
20062,861,003
20072,882,775
20082,904,744
20092,926,819
20102,949,093
20112,971,536
20122,994,182
20133,017,001
20143,039,993
20153,063,161
20163,086,505
20173,110,027
20183,133,729
20193,144,573
20203,158,313
20213,176,254
20223,199,329
20233,228,003
20243,262,128
20253,301,094
20263,343,945
20273,389,626
20283,437,169
20293,485,825
20303,535,010
20313,584,294
20323,633,357
20333,682,051
20343,730,259
20353,777,921

Durban Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950483,9900.00%
1951500,5293.42%16,539
1952517,6583.42%17,129
1953535,3233.41%17,665
1954553,6173.42%18,294
1955572,5363.42%18,919
1956592,1293.42%19,593
1957612,3353.41%20,206
1958633,2613.42%20,926
1959654,9013.42%21,640
1960677,3133.42%22,412
1961694,3862.52%17,073
1962710,5302.32%16,144
1963727,0492.32%16,519
1964743,9762.33%16,927
1965761,2492.32%17,273
1966778,9472.32%17,698
1967797,0572.32%18,110
1968815,6142.33%18,557
1969834,5492.32%18,935
1970855,5282.51%20,979
1971886,0063.56%30,478
1972917,6133.57%31,607
1973950,2563.56%32,643
1974984,1083.56%33,852
19751,019,1653.56%35,057
19761,055,5233.57%36,358
19771,093,0723.56%37,549
19781,132,0123.56%38,940
19791,172,3383.56%40,326
19801,214,1603.57%41,822
19811,257,3523.56%43,192
19821,302,1443.56%44,792
19831,348,5323.56%46,388
19841,396,6393.57%48,107
19851,446,3233.56%49,684
19861,497,8473.56%51,524
19871,551,2063.56%53,359
19881,606,5433.57%55,337
19891,663,6943.56%57,151
19901,722,9613.56%59,267
19911,789,9173.89%66,956
19921,872,0864.59%82,169
19931,957,7864.58%85,700
19942,047,5354.58%89,749
19952,141,3984.58%93,863
19962,239,7034.59%98,305
19972,332,9614.16%93,258
19982,426,5574.01%93,596
19992,523,9084.01%97,351
20002,625,3064.02%101,398
20012,730,4834.01%105,177
20022,775,5431.65%45,060
20032,796,6660.76%21,123
20042,817,9780.76%21,312
20052,839,3940.76%21,416
20062,861,0030.76%21,609
20072,882,7750.76%21,772
20082,904,7440.76%21,969
20092,926,8190.76%22,075
20102,949,0930.76%22,274
20112,971,5360.76%22,443
20122,994,1820.76%22,646
20133,017,0010.76%22,819
20143,039,9930.76%22,992
20153,063,1610.76%23,168
20163,086,5050.76%23,344
20173,110,0270.76%23,522
20183,133,7290.76%23,702
20193,144,5730.35%10,844
20203,158,3130.44%13,740
20213,176,2540.57%17,941
20223,199,3290.73%23,075
20233,228,0030.90%28,674
20243,262,1281.06%34,125
20253,301,0941.19%38,966
20263,343,9451.30%42,851
20273,389,6261.37%45,681
20283,437,1691.40%47,543
20293,485,8251.42%48,656
20303,535,0101.41%49,185
20313,584,2941.39%49,284
20323,633,3571.37%49,063
20333,682,0511.34%48,694
20343,730,2591.31%48,208
20353,777,9211.28%47,662

Durban Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2022 Population 2022 Growth
Johannesburg6,065,3542.34%
Cape Town4,800,9541.93%
Ekurhuleni4,044,6601.88%
Durban3,199,3290.73%
Pretoria2,739,7683.18%
Port Elizabeth1,280,5501.11%
West Rand921,5241.34%
Soshanguve878,9601.50%
Vereeniging786,1270.85%
Buffalo City726,0911.26%
Bloemfontein588,0131.81%
Rustenburg554,5174.09%
Pietermaritzburg539,0691.18%
Witbank485,2803.20%
Polokwane462,8434.04%

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