Johannesburg Population 2022

6,065,354
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Johannesburg -- or Jozi, Joburg or JHB -- is the largest city in South Africa and the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in the country. Johannesburg is one of the largest 50 urban agglomerations in the world and the largest city in the world that is not located on a coast, lake or river. Johannesburg has an estimated population of 4.4 million in 2016.

Johannesburg has an estimated 2016 population of 4.4 million, while the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area has a population estimated at 8 million, unofficially. If the metropolitan area is defined loosely to include areas like the West Rand and Lenasia, the population is about 10.5 million.

City Size and Population Density

The city proper has a population density of about 2,900 people per square kilometer (7,400 per square mile). The population is spread over a total surface area of 334.81 square kilometers (129.27 square miles).

Man-made Forest

Interestingly, Johannesburg has the largest human-made forest in the world with about 6 million trees.

Johannesburg Demographics

The most common racial groups in Johannesburg are Black African (76.4%), Coloured (5.6%), White (12.3%) and Indian/Asian (4.9%). About one-third of the population speaks a Nguni language, 25% speaks the Sotho language, 18% speaks English, 7% speak Afrikaans, and 6% speak Tshivenda.

About 7% of the population of Johannesburg is illiterate, and 3.4% have only a primary education. A single person heads 66% of households, and 29% of residents in JHB live in an informal dwelling.

Around 53% of the residents of Johannesburg belong to a mainstream Christian church while 24% are not affiliated with any religion. 14% are members of African Independent Churches, 3% are Muslim, 1% are Jewish, and 1% are Hindu. There is also a sizable Mormon population in Johannesburg of around 49,000, and it is the site of the first LDS Temple in Africa.

Johannesburg Population Growth

Johannesburg grew overnight when gold was discovered in 1896, drawing people from around the world. By 1931, the population had reached 400,000, which then doubled during the Second World War. In 1995, the UN estimated that the Johannesburg metropolitan area had a population of 1.8 million. Johannesburg experienced some decline in the 1990s, although it is now experiencing rapid growth once more.

According to the City of Johannesburg, the city needs a plan for a population growth of about 66% in the next 30 years, which includes plans to improve access to clean water, energy and the management of waste and sanitation. Johannesburg is projected to grow to 6.5 million by 2040.

Year Population
1950910,550
1951931,871
1952953,721
1953976,022
1954998,876
19551,022,266
19561,046,236
19571,070,700
19581,095,771
19591,121,429
19601,147,725
19611,174,562
19621,202,065
19631,230,212
19641,259,058
19651,288,499
19661,318,670
19671,349,547
19681,381,191
19691,413,488
19701,443,042
19711,453,818
19721,464,690
19731,475,613
19741,486,633
19751,497,734
19761,508,935
19771,520,188
19781,531,540
19791,542,977
19801,554,516
19811,566,109
19821,577,804
19831,589,587
19841,601,474
19851,625,087
19861,672,906
19871,722,132
19881,772,878
19891,824,973
19901,878,674
19911,949,606
19922,058,230
19932,172,583
19942,293,461
19952,421,063
19962,555,956
19972,676,412
19982,794,141
19992,917,048
20003,045,543
20013,179,320
20023,292,493
20033,399,183
20043,509,485
20053,623,048
20063,740,450
20073,861,657
20083,986,966
20094,115,979
20104,249,354
20114,387,051
20124,529,409
20134,676,386
20144,828,133
20154,984,804
20165,146,559
20175,313,563
20185,485,986
20195,635,127
20205,782,747
20215,926,668
20226,065,354
20236,198,016
20246,324,351
20256,444,575
20266,559,187
20276,668,952
20286,774,786
20296,877,681
20306,978,417
20317,077,505
20327,175,185
20337,271,672
20347,366,996
20357,461,164

Johannesburg Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
1950910,5500.00%
1951931,8712.34%21,321
1952953,7212.34%21,850
1953976,0222.34%22,301
1954998,8762.34%22,854
19551,022,2662.34%23,390
19561,046,2362.34%23,970
19571,070,7002.34%24,464
19581,095,7712.34%25,071
19591,121,4292.34%25,658
19601,147,7252.34%26,296
19611,174,5622.34%26,837
19621,202,0652.34%27,503
19631,230,2122.34%28,147
19641,259,0582.34%28,846
19651,288,4992.34%29,441
19661,318,6702.34%30,171
19671,349,5472.34%30,877
19681,381,1912.34%31,644
19691,413,4882.34%32,297
19701,443,0422.09%29,554
19711,453,8180.75%10,776
19721,464,6900.75%10,872
19731,475,6130.75%10,923
19741,486,6330.75%11,020
19751,497,7340.75%11,101
19761,508,9350.75%11,201
19771,520,1880.75%11,253
19781,531,5400.75%11,352
19791,542,9770.75%11,437
19801,554,5160.75%11,539
19811,566,1090.75%11,593
19821,577,8040.75%11,695
19831,589,5870.75%11,783
19841,601,4740.75%11,887
19851,625,0871.47%23,613
19861,672,9062.94%47,819
19871,722,1322.94%49,226
19881,772,8782.95%50,746
19891,824,9732.94%52,095
19901,878,6742.94%53,701
19911,949,6063.78%70,932
19922,058,2305.57%108,624
19932,172,5835.56%114,353
19942,293,4615.56%120,878
19952,421,0635.56%127,602
19962,555,9565.57%134,893
19972,676,4124.71%120,456
19982,794,1414.40%117,729
19992,917,0484.40%122,907
20003,045,5434.40%128,495
20013,179,3204.39%133,777
20023,292,4933.56%113,173
20033,399,1833.24%106,690
20043,509,4853.24%110,302
20053,623,0483.24%113,563
20063,740,4503.24%117,402
20073,861,6573.24%121,207
20083,986,9663.24%125,309
20094,115,9793.24%129,013
20104,249,3543.24%133,375
20114,387,0513.24%137,697
20124,529,4093.24%142,358
20134,676,3863.24%146,977
20144,828,1333.24%151,747
20154,984,8043.24%156,671
20165,146,5593.24%161,755
20175,313,5633.24%167,004
20185,485,9863.24%172,423
20195,635,1272.72%149,141
20205,782,7472.62%147,620
20215,926,6682.49%143,921
20226,065,3542.34%138,686
20236,198,0162.19%132,662
20246,324,3512.04%126,335
20256,444,5751.90%120,224
20266,559,1871.78%114,612
20276,668,9521.67%109,765
20286,774,7861.59%105,834
20296,877,6811.52%102,895
20306,978,4171.46%100,736
20317,077,5051.42%99,088
20327,175,1851.38%97,680
20337,271,6721.34%96,487
20347,366,9961.31%95,324
20357,461,1641.28%94,168

Johannesburg 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%

Other Cities in South Africa

  1. Statistics South Africa - Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality statistics
  2. Joburg Tourism - Population and people of the city of Johannesburg

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