South Africa Population

Population now

58,993,372
Male:29,065,961(49.26 %)
Female:29,927,411(50.74 %)
Births in 2020:90,275
Deaths in 2020:42,832

Life expectancy & Rates (2020)

Male:60.97 years
Female:67.93 years
Total:64.38 years
Median Age:26.62 years
Birth Rate:19.77
Death Rate:9.38
Growth Rate:1.11 %
Fertility Rate:2.36

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  • Population structure (mid 2020)
  • Urbanization

South Africa Population History

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YearTotalMaleFemaleSex RatioGrowth rateBirth rateDeath rateFerti­lity rate
Life exp., total
Life expectancy
Life exp., maleLife exp., femaleMedian AgeUrbani­zation
Density, people / km2
Density, people/km2
196017M9M9M0.991.36%41.0817.406.0448.4145.8851.1618.8846.62%14.02
196118M9M9M0.991.39%40.8817.106.0348.7846.2651.5118.7846.79%14.37
196218M9M9M0.991.42%40.6616.826.0149.1446.6351.8618.6846.91%14.73
196318M9M9M0.991.45%40.4216.535.9949.5147.0152.2118.5747.02%15.10
196419M9M9M0.991.47%40.1516.235.9649.8947.4152.5718.4847.13%15.49
196519M10M10M0.991.50%39.8715.935.9250.2847.8252.9418.4147.25%15.89
196620M10M10M0.991.54%39.5915.615.8850.7148.2553.3418.2947.36%16.30
196720M10M10M0.991.57%39.3115.295.8351.1548.7153.7618.2047.48%16.73
196821M10M11M0.991.61%39.0514.955.7851.6249.2054.2118.1547.59%17.17
196921M11M11M0.991.66%38.8014.615.7352.1149.7054.6818.1347.70%17.62
197022M11M11M0.991.70%38.5414.265.6752.6250.2355.1718.1447.81%18.09
197123M11M11M0.991.76%38.2713.895.6053.1650.7955.6918.1347.87%18.58
197223M12M12M0.991.81%37.9613.525.5353.7151.3656.2318.1447.93%19.08
197324M12M12M0.991.86%37.6113.155.4454.2851.9556.7818.1847.99%19.60
197425M12M12M0.991.92%37.2412.775.3554.8652.5457.3418.2348.05%20.13
197525M13M13M0.991.97%36.8812.415.2755.4353.1357.8918.3048.11%20.65
197626M13M13M0.992.03%36.5612.055.1955.9953.7058.4418.3048.17%21.18
197726M13M13M0.992.10%36.3211.725.1256.5454.2758.9718.3248.23%21.71
197827M14M14M0.992.17%36.1711.405.0657.0754.8259.4818.3748.29%22.25
197928M14M14M0.992.25%36.0811.105.0257.5955.3559.9818.4148.35%22.81
198029M14M14M0.992.33%36.0310.824.9858.1155.8760.4818.4348.43%23.41
198129M15M15M0.992.42%35.9810.534.9558.6456.4160.9918.4648.59%24.05
198230M15M15M0.992.51%35.8810.234.9159.1956.9761.5418.4748.76%24.72
198331M15M16M0.992.59%35.689.934.8659.7757.5462.1118.4748.92%25.41
198432M16M16M0.992.68%35.369.624.7960.3558.1262.7118.4949.09%26.10
198533M16M16M0.992.75%34.879.314.7160.9558.6863.3318.5449.37%26.79
198633M17M17M0.992.80%34.219.004.5961.5459.2163.9918.5249.91%27.46
198734M17M17M0.992.84%33.398.704.4662.1159.6964.6618.5550.44%28.11
198835M17M18M0.992.85%32.458.434.3162.6260.0865.3118.6150.97%28.77
198936M18M18M0.992.82%31.418.224.1463.0460.3665.8918.6951.51%29.45
199037M18M19M0.992.75%30.318.083.9663.3160.4766.3418.7952.04%30.17
199138M19M19M0.992.63%29.198.043.7863.3860.3966.6019.0052.55%30.92
199239M19M20M0.982.46%28.108.113.6163.2560.1166.6419.2953.04%31.70
199340M20M20M0.982.26%27.068.293.4462.8959.6366.4319.6053.52%32.49
199441M20M21M0.982.04%26.118.583.2862.3358.9865.9719.9354.00%33.25
199541M20M21M0.971.82%25.288.983.1461.5658.1765.2520.2654.49%33.97
199642M21M21M0.971.59%24.579.503.0260.6057.2264.2720.5154.97%34.63
199743M21M22M0.971.37%23.9810.112.9259.4956.1863.0920.7555.45%35.24
199844M22M22M0.971.18%23.5010.772.8358.3255.1161.7921.0155.93%35.81
199944M22M22M0.971.02%23.1211.452.7557.1454.0860.4621.3056.41%36.35
200045M22M23M0.970.89%22.8512.112.6956.0553.1459.1921.6256.89%36.86
200146M22M23M0.970.79%22.7212.712.6555.0952.3458.0421.8357.37%37.36
200246M23M23M0.970.72%22.6913.232.6254.3151.7257.0922.0757.90%37.83
200347M23M24M0.970.67%22.7613.632.6153.7551.2856.3822.3158.45%38.30
200447M23M24M0.970.65%22.9013.902.6053.4451.0655.9722.5658.99%38.77
200548M24M24M0.970.65%23.0713.992.6053.4551.1055.9322.8159.54%39.25
200648M24M25M0.970.67%23.2413.902.6153.8051.4456.2823.0360.08%39.75
200749M24M25M0.970.72%23.3713.622.6154.4552.0456.9923.2560.62%40.27
200850M25M25M0.970.77%23.4313.212.6155.3652.8558.0023.4861.15%40.81
200950M25M26M0.970.85%23.4212.682.6156.4653.8359.2223.7261.69%41.38
201051M25M26M0.970.93%23.3112.092.6057.6754.9160.5723.9662.22%41.98
201152M26M26M0.971.01%23.1011.482.5858.9055.9961.9424.2362.75%42.63
201253M26M27M0.971.09%22.8210.922.5660.0657.0363.2424.5163.27%43.31
201354M27M27M0.971.16%22.4810.432.5461.1057.9564.3924.8163.79%44.01
201455M27M28M0.971.20%22.1110.042.5161.9758.7365.3625.0964.31%44.71
201555M27M28M0.971.22%21.729.772.4862.6559.3466.1125.3564.83%45.40
201656M28M28M0.971.22%21.319.602.4663.1559.8066.6525.6165.34%46.07
201757M28M29M0.971.20%20.919.502.4363.5460.1667.0625.8665.85%46.73
201858M28M29M0.971.15%20.559.542.4163.6960.3267.2026.1266.36%47.36
201959M29M30M0.971.13%20.169.462.3864.0360.6467.5726.3766.86%48.00
202059M29M30M0.971.11%19.779.382.3664.3860.9767.9326.6267.35%48.62

South Africa Population Projections

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YearTotalMaleFemaleSex RatioGrowth rateBirth rateDeath rateFerti­lity rate
Life exp., total
Life expectancy
Life exp., maleLife exp., femaleMedian AgeUrbani­zation
Density, people / km2
Density, people/km2
202160M30M30M0.971.08%19.489.382.3464.6061.1868.1526.8667.85%49.22
202261M30M31M0.971.05%19.199.382.3264.8161.3968.3627.0868.34%49.80
202361M30M31M0.971.02%18.899.372.3065.0361.6068.5827.3068.82%50.37
202462M31M32M0.970.99%18.609.372.2865.2461.8168.7927.5169.30%50.93
202563M31M32M0.970.95%18.319.372.2665.4662.0269.0127.7369.77%51.48
202663M31M32M0.970.93%18.109.382.2465.6762.2269.2227.9170.24%52.02
202764M31M33M0.970.90%17.909.402.2365.8762.4269.4328.0970.71%52.55
202865M32M33M0.960.88%17.699.412.2166.0862.6169.6528.2871.17%53.06
202965M32M33M0.960.85%17.499.432.2066.2862.8169.8628.4671.62%53.57
203066M32M34M0.960.83%17.289.442.1866.4963.0170.0728.6372.07%54.07
203167M33M34M0.960.81%17.139.482.1666.6763.1970.2628.7972.51%54.55
203267M33M34M0.960.78%16.989.522.1566.8663.3670.4528.9372.94%55.03
203368M33M35M0.960.76%16.849.552.1367.0463.5470.6429.0873.37%55.50
203468M33M35M0.960.74%16.699.592.1267.2363.7170.8329.2573.79%55.96
203569M34M35M0.960.72%16.549.632.1067.4163.8971.0229.4574.21%56.41
203669M34M35M0.960.69%16.409.692.0967.5864.0571.2029.6574.62%56.85
203770M34M36M0.960.67%16.269.742.0867.7564.2171.3729.8775.02%57.28
203870M34M36M0.960.64%16.119.802.0667.9164.3671.5530.0975.41%57.70
203971M35M36M0.960.62%15.979.852.0568.0864.5271.7230.3275.80%58.11
204071M35M37M0.960.60%15.839.912.0468.2564.6871.9030.5576.18%58.51
204172M35M37M0.950.57%15.689.982.0368.4164.8372.0630.7776.57%58.90
204272M35M37M0.950.55%15.5310.042.0268.5664.9872.2331.0076.94%59.28
204373M35M37M0.950.52%15.3910.112.0068.7265.1372.3931.2477.31%59.64
204473M36M38M0.950.50%15.2410.171.9968.8765.2872.5631.4877.68%60.00
204574M36M38M0.950.47%15.0910.241.9869.0365.4372.7231.7278.05%60.35
204674M36M38M0.950.45%14.9510.321.9769.1865.5772.8831.9478.40%60.68
204774M36M38M0.950.42%14.8110.401.9669.3265.7173.0332.1778.76%61.01
204875M36M38M0.950.40%14.6710.481.9569.4765.8473.1932.4079.11%61.32
204975M37M39M0.950.38%14.5310.561.9469.6165.9873.3432.6379.46%61.62
205076M37M39M0.950.35%14.3910.641.9369.7666.1273.5032.8779.80%61.90

Highest City Populations in South Africa

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RankCityPopulation, Urban AreaPopulation, City
1Johannesburg5,720,7992,026,469
2Cape Town4,578,4943,433,441
3Ethekwini3,152,5363,120,282
4Pretoria2,526,9141,619,438
5Port Elizabeth1,248,957967,677
6Pietermaritzburg892,957750,845
7Vereeniging771,899474,681
8Buffalo City705,218478,676
9Bloemfontein562,377463,064
10Msunduzi524,478-
11Rustenburg498,913124,064
12Witbank447,276262,491
13Polokwane417,594123,749

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