South Africa Population

Population now

58,261,346
Male:28,571,316(49.05 %)
Female:29,689,736(50.95 %)
Births in 2019:918,648
Deaths in 2019:435,004

Life expectancy & Rates (2019)

Male:60.57 years
Female:67.56 years
Total:64.07 years
Median Age:26.09 years
Birth Rate:20.02
Death Rate:9.48
Growth Rate:1.11 %
Fertility Rate:2.38

Population Data Graphs

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  • Birth & Death rate
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  • Population structure (mid 2019)
  • 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
196017M9M9M11.71%40.2214.826.0452.2250.1054.4618.5846.62%14.31
196118M9M9M11.75%39.9914.556.0352.5650.4654.7918.4946.79%14.69
196218M9M9M11.78%39.7314.296.0152.8950.8255.0918.3946.91%15.08
196319M9M9M11.81%39.4614.045.9953.2351.1855.4018.2747.02%15.49
196419M10M10M11.84%39.1613.795.9653.5751.5455.7118.1847.13%15.91
196520M10M10M11.87%38.8713.545.9253.9351.9156.0518.1247.25%16.35
196620M10M10M11.91%38.5913.285.8854.3052.2656.4518.0347.36%16.79
196721M11M11M11.94%38.3413.025.8354.6952.6056.9217.9847.48%17.25
196822M11M11M11.99%38.1312.775.7855.0952.9057.4317.9747.59%17.72
196922M11M11M12.03%37.9512.525.7355.4853.1757.9917.9847.70%18.21
197023M11M11M12.07%37.7912.295.6755.8553.3958.5618.0147.81%18.72
197123M12M12M12.12%37.6312.085.6156.1953.5759.1118.0147.87%19.25
197224M12M12M12.15%37.4711.895.5456.4953.7059.6118.0347.93%19.79
197325M12M12M12.18%37.2811.735.4656.7353.8060.0318.0747.99%20.35
197426M13M13M12.20%37.0611.585.3756.9253.8860.3818.1248.05%20.92
197526M13M13M12.21%36.8111.465.2957.0853.9560.6418.1848.11%21.49
197627M13M13M12.22%36.5311.345.2057.1954.0160.8218.1848.17%22.05
197728M14M14M0.992.23%36.2311.235.1157.2954.0860.9618.1948.23%22.62
197828M14M14M0.992.23%35.9311.125.0257.4054.1761.0818.2248.29%23.20
197929M14M15M0.992.24%35.6110.994.9357.5354.2961.2118.2648.35%23.79
198030M15M15M0.992.25%35.2610.844.8457.7054.4661.3818.3048.43%24.40
198131M15M15M0.992.27%34.8710.654.7457.9654.7061.6318.3348.59%25.03
198231M16M16M0.992.31%34.4410.424.6558.2955.0161.9718.3848.76%25.68
198332M16M16M0.992.34%33.9410.164.5458.6955.3962.3818.4348.92%26.35
198433M16M17M0.992.38%33.399.874.4359.1555.8262.8718.4949.09%27.00
198534M17M17M0.992.43%32.789.574.3259.6756.2963.4218.5849.37%27.65
198634M17M17M0.982.47%32.109.254.1960.2256.7964.0218.6449.91%28.27
198735M17M18M0.982.51%31.388.954.0660.7757.3064.6118.7250.44%28.88
198836M18M18M0.982.53%30.628.673.9261.2957.7765.1618.8250.97%29.49
198937M18M19M0.982.54%29.848.443.7961.7358.1865.6318.9451.51%30.12
199038M19M19M0.982.51%29.088.283.6562.0658.4865.9719.0952.04%30.79
199138M19M19M0.972.46%28.348.203.5362.2458.6566.1519.3652.55%31.51
199239M19M20M0.972.37%27.658.203.4162.2558.6566.1519.6553.04%32.26
199340M20M20M0.972.26%27.018.293.2962.0958.5065.9819.9653.52%33.04
199441M20M21M0.972.12%26.458.483.2061.7658.1865.6220.2854.00%33.79
199542M21M21M0.971.96%25.968.763.1161.2357.6965.0420.6054.49%34.50
199643M21M22M0.961.79%25.549.173.0460.4957.0164.2320.8354.97%35.17
199744M21M22M0.961.60%25.189.692.9759.5856.1963.2321.0755.45%35.79
199844M22M23M0.961.42%24.8610.292.9258.5555.2662.0721.3155.93%36.37
199945M22M23M0.961.25%24.5810.942.8757.4554.2960.8321.5656.41%36.94
200046M22M23M0.961.09%24.3311.622.8356.3453.3259.5721.8356.89%37.48
200146M23M24M0.960.96%24.1012.312.7955.2752.4058.3322.0157.37%38.02
200247M23M24M0.960.84%23.8912.962.7654.3051.5757.1922.2057.90%38.55
200348M23M24M0.960.75%23.7013.542.7353.4850.8956.2222.4158.45%39.06
200448M24M25M0.960.68%23.5114.012.7052.8850.3955.4922.6258.99%39.55
200549M24M25M0.960.63%23.3314.322.6852.5750.1555.1022.8359.54%40.02
200649M24M25M0.960.61%23.1614.422.6652.6150.2155.1223.0260.08%40.47
200750M24M25M0.960.61%23.0014.322.6453.0150.5655.5623.2260.62%40.89
200850M25M26M0.960.63%22.8414.032.6253.7251.1756.3723.4261.15%41.32
200951M25M26M0.960.67%22.6813.582.6054.7052.0057.5023.6261.69%41.78
201052M25M26M0.960.73%22.5113.002.5955.8953.0158.8723.8362.22%42.29
201152M26M27M0.960.81%22.3212.352.5757.2054.1460.3724.0862.75%42.84
201253M26M27M0.960.89%22.1111.682.5558.5555.3261.8824.3463.27%43.44
201354M26M27M0.970.98%21.8711.072.5359.8356.4663.3024.5963.79%44.07
201455M27M28M0.961.05%21.5910.532.5160.9957.5364.5624.8464.31%44.71
201555M27M28M0.961.11%21.3010.102.4961.9858.4665.5825.0964.83%45.32
201656M27M29M0.961.14%20.989.792.4662.7759.2366.3825.3365.34%45.92
201757M28M29M0.961.11%20.669.792.4363.0259.5266.5725.5865.85%46.49
201857M28M29M0.961.11%20.349.642.4163.5560.0467.0625.8366.36%47.05
201958M28M30M0.961.11%20.029.482.3864.0760.5767.5626.0966.86%47.60

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
202059M29M30M0.961.11%19.709.332.3564.5961.1068.0526.3367.35%48.14
202159M29M30M0.961.07%19.429.362.3364.7961.3268.2126.5867.85%48.66
202260M29M31M0.961.04%19.139.382.3164.9861.5468.3826.8168.34%49.18
202361M30M31M0.961.00%18.859.412.2865.1861.7568.5427.0468.82%49.68
202461M30M31M0.960.97%18.569.432.2665.3761.9768.7127.2769.30%50.17
202562M30M32M0.960.93%18.289.462.2465.5762.1968.8727.5069.77%50.65
202662M31M32M0.960.90%18.059.482.2265.8062.4569.0727.7270.24%51.11
202763M31M32M0.960.88%17.819.492.2066.0362.7169.2627.9470.71%51.56
202863M31M32M0.960.85%17.589.512.1966.2762.9669.4628.1671.17%52.00
202964M31M33M0.960.82%17.349.522.1766.5063.2269.6528.3871.62%52.43
203064M32M33M0.960.79%17.119.542.1566.7363.4869.8528.6072.07%52.84
203165M32M33M0.960.77%16.939.562.1366.9763.7570.0528.8072.51%53.26
203265M32M33M0.960.75%16.769.582.1267.2064.0170.2529.0172.94%53.66
203366M32M34M0.960.73%16.589.612.1067.4464.2870.4429.2273.37%54.05
203466M32M34M0.960.70%16.419.632.0967.6764.5470.6429.4373.79%54.44
203567M33M34M0.960.68%16.239.652.0767.9164.8170.8429.6574.21%54.82
203667M33M34M0.960.66%16.099.672.0668.1465.0771.0429.8674.62%55.20
203768M33M35M0.960.64%15.959.702.0568.3765.3271.2430.0775.02%55.56
203868M33M35M0.960.63%15.809.722.0368.6165.5871.4530.2975.41%55.93
203969M34M35M0.960.61%15.669.752.0268.8465.8371.6530.5275.80%56.28
204069M34M35M0.960.59%15.529.772.0169.0766.0971.8530.7576.18%56.62
204169M34M35M0.960.57%15.389.802.0069.2966.3372.0630.9876.57%56.96
204270M34M36M0.960.55%15.249.831.9969.5166.5772.2731.2176.94%57.29
204370M34M36M0.960.53%15.119.871.9769.7466.8072.4931.4577.31%57.62
204471M35M36M0.960.51%14.979.901.9669.9667.0472.7031.6877.68%57.93
204571M35M36M0.960.49%14.839.931.9570.1867.2872.9131.9278.05%58.24
204671M35M36M0.960.47%14.699.961.9470.4167.5273.1432.1678.40%58.54
204772M35M37M0.960.46%14.559.981.9370.6467.7573.3632.4078.76%58.83
204872M35M37M0.960.44%14.4010.011.9370.8667.9973.5932.6479.11%59.11
204972M35M37M0.960.42%14.2610.031.9271.0968.2273.8132.9079.46%59.38
205073M36M37M0.960.40%14.1210.061.9171.3268.4674.0433.1579.80%59.64

Highest City Populations in South Africa

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RankCityPopulation, Urban AreaPopulation, City
1Johannesburg5,678,8612,026,469
2Cape Town4,551,6713,433,441
3Ethekwini3,148,2383,120,282
4Pretoria2,500,9651,619,438
5Port Elizabeth1,245,238967,677
6Pietermaritzburg889,238750,845
7Vereeniging770,177474,681
8Buffalo City702,061478,676
9Bloemfontein558,944463,064
10Msunduzi522,472-
11Rustenburg492,065124,064
12Witbank443,004262,491
13Polokwane412,182123,749

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