Durban Population 2021

3,176,254
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Durban's 2021 population is now estimated at 3,176,254. In 1950, the population of Durban was 483,990. Durban has grown by 17,941 since 2015, which represents a 0.57% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Durban, which typically includes Durban's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

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.

Durban Population 2021

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

Durban Population Data (Urban Area)

Name 2021 Population 2021 Growth
Johannesburg5,926,6682.49%
Cape Town4,709,9902.00%
Ekurhuleni3,969,9371.94%
Durban3,176,2540.57%
Pretoria2,655,2823.49%
Port Elizabeth1,266,5331.02%
West Rand909,3011.30%
Soshanguve866,0051.48%
Vereeniging779,5300.71%
Buffalo City717,0671.20%
Bloemfontein577,5601.86%
Pietermaritzburg532,7661.11%
Rustenburg532,7114.58%
Witbank470,2493.51%
Polokwane444,8594.52%

Other Cities in South Africa

  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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