South Africa population: 59,068,209

South Africa is a country that is located on the southernmost rim of the African continent. The ecosystem of South Africa is very diverse. It is famous for its wildlife, national parks, and beaches. It is one of the largest countries in terms of land and population. The country consists of different ethnic groups that speak African languages. South Africa was one of the countries under British colonialism. The country has an abundance of natural resources such as gold, diamond, and other precious metals. Tourists across the globe come to visit the South African national park safari.

Largest cities by population in South Africa

Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa, which is largely populated. Some other countries which are highly populated are Durban, Johannesburg, Soweto, and Pretoria.

CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION CITY NAME POPULATION
Cape Town 3,433,441 Uitenhage 228,912 Nelspruit 110,159
Durban 3,120,282 Roodepoort 225,000 Phalaborwa 109,468
Johannesburg 2,026,469 Paarl 190,000 Queenstown 105,309
Soweto 1,695,047 Springs 186,394 Kroonstad 103,992
Pretoria 1,619,438 Carletonville 182,304 Bethal 101,919
Port Elizabeth 967,677 Klerksdorp 178,921 Mokopane 101,090
Pietermaritzburg 750,845 Midrand 173,009 Mabopane 97,417
Benoni 605,344 Westonaria 156,831 Kutloanong 95,008
Tembisa 511,655 Middelburg 154,706 Stellenbosch 94,263
East London 478,676 Vryheid 150,012 Stilfontein 93,110
Vereeniging 474,681 Orkney 145,801 Delmas 92,046
Bloemfontein 463,064 Kimberley 142,089 Grahamstown 91,548
Boksburg 445,168 eMbalenhle 141,741 Warmbaths 90,210
Welkom 431,944 Nigel 140,644 Louis Trichardt 86,854
Newcastle 404,838 Mpumalanga 140,121 Dundee 84,413
Krugersdorp 378,821 Bhisho 137,287 Piet Retief 84,349
Diepsloot 350,000 Randfontein 133,654 Phuthaditjhaba 84,258
Randburg 337,053 Worcester 127,597 Bethlehem 83,654
Botshabelo 309,714 Rustenburg 124,064 Mthatha 78,663
Brakpan 305,692 Polokwane 123,749 Sasolburg 77,016
Witbank 262,491 Potchefstroom 123,669 Mmabatho 76,754
Richards Bay 252,968 Virginia 122,502 Standerton 74,021
Vanderbijlpark 246,754 Brits 122,497
Centurion 233,386 Alberton 121,536

South Africa population history

For more than 100000 years, it is believed that humans have inhabited the land of South Africa. South Africa is a populous country in the world. The midyear population is predicted as 59,308,690. It contributes 0.76 % to the total world’s population. Over the past decade, the population was at its peak in the year 2015, which was a 1.58% raise that is 55,386,367. There is a steady rise in the population of the country. The median age is 27.6, which is less when compared to other populous countries. The urban population is high in 2020, which is 66.7%. South Africa is the world’s heavily populated country, which holds the global rank of 25.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 59,308,690 1.28% 750,420 145,405 27.6 2.41 49 66.70% 39,550,889 0.76% 7,794,798,739 25
2019 58,558,270 1.33% 765,752 145,405 26.6 2.52 48 66.30% 38,820,239 0.76% 7,713,468,100 24
2018 57,792,518 1.37% 782,762 145,405 26.6 2.52 48 65.90% 38,086,769 0.76% 7,631,091,040 24
2017 57,009,756 1.43% 802,110 145,405 26.6 2.52 47 65.50% 37,348,154 0.76% 7,547,858,925 24
2016 56,207,646 1.48% 821,279 145,405 26.6 2.52 46 65.10% 36,600,982 0.75% 7,464,022,049 24
2015 55,386,367 1.58% 833,881 183,939 26.4 2.55 46 64.70% 35,844,349 0.75% 7,379,797,139 24
2010 51,216,964 1.36% 667,273 172,444 25 2.63 42 62.70% 32,094,811 0.74% 6,956,823,603 24
2005 47,880,601 1.26% 582,579 157,796 23.8 2.61 39 60.70% 29,065,720 0.73% 6,541,907,027 26
2000 44,967,708 1.65% 706,390 127,980 22.6 2.88 37 57.90% 26,015,136 0.73% 6,143,493,823 27
1995 41,435,758 2.40% 927,050 170,572 21.3 3.51 34 55.30% 22,932,019 0.72% 5,744,212,979 27
1990 36,800,509 2.40% 824,327 -23,600 19.8 4.4 30 53.10% 19,545,369 0.69% 5,327,231,061 28
1985 32,678,874 2.73% 824,421 36,200 19.5 4.9 27 51.00% 16,653,360 0.67% 4,870,921,740 28
1980 28,556,769 2.54% 672,316 14,663 19.4 5.05 24 50.50% 14,411,610 0.64% 4,458,003,514 28
1975 25,195,187 2.68% 625,082 44,532 19.3 5.5 21 50.10% 12,610,547 0.62% 4,079,480,606 29
1970 22,069,776 2.63% 536,987 39,872 19.1 5.8 18 49.50% 10,919,359 0.60% 3,700,437,046 29
1965 19,384,841 2.54% 457,000 21,310 19.4 6 16 48.60% 9,422,320 0.58% 3,339,583,597 31
1960 17,099,840 2.37% 378,668 2,984 19.9 6.05 14 47.60% 8,138,204 0.56% 3,034,949,748 31
1955 15,206,502 2.22% 315,615 1,492 20.6 6.05 13 44.90% 6,829,341 0.55% 2,773,019,936 31

South Africa forecast

A census record shows that in 10 years, there have been six million raise in the total population. Even before 2050, in the year 2030, there is a very high population rise by 0.98%. The continuous rise in population can be due to many factors such as birth every 27 seconds, net migrants every 4 minutes, and the steady fertility rates. The median age of 2050 is 33.7. South Africa will hold the same 25th global population rank even in the year 2050.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 59,308,690 1.38% 784,465 145,405 27.6 2.41 49 66.70% 39,550,889 0.76% 7,794,798,739 25
2025 62,802,683 1.15% 698,799 112,349 28.7 2.41 52 68.60% 43,112,579 0.77% 8,184,437,460 24
2030 65,956,081 0.98% 630,680 91,759 29.6 2.41 54 70.40% 46,457,072 0.77% 8,548,487,400 24
2035 68,818,987 0.85% 572,581 76,008 30.5 2.41 57 72.10% 49,631,106 0.77% 8,887,524,213 24
2040 71,375,305 0.73% 511,264 59,663 31.6 2.41 59 73.70% 52,625,241 0.78% 9,198,847,240 24
2045 73,619,543 0.62% 448,848 58,397 32.7 2.41 61 75.30% 55,447,449 0.78% 9,481,803,274 23
2050 75,517,920 0.51% 379,675 33.9 2.41 62 76.90% 58,056,843 0.78% 9,735,033,990 25

South Africa demographics

The infant mortality rate is very high. Per 1000 live births, 23.6 infant deaths have happened this year. The life expectancy age is 64.88 years. The population of the age group 25-54 is 42%, and above 65 years, it is 5%. Male and female population is 29,216,012 and 30,092,678. The difference between female and male population is 0.97%.

South Africa politics and religion

Most of the population follows Christianity, which is 81%, traditional African religion 5.4%, Muslims 1.9%, nonbelievers 1.5%, and unspecified groups 5.2%.

South Africa economy

South African economy is ranked 102nd as the free orientated economy. The economy of South Africa is highly developed. The tourism sector, such as inland safari and other tourist spots, contributes more to the country’s economy.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%