South Africa Population 2022


South Africa map
  • The current population of South Africa is estimated at 60,907,368 people as of August, 2022, according to the latest population growth rate and projections.
  • Population of South Africa represent 0.77% of the total world population.
  • The population density of South Africa is 42 inhabitants per km2.
  • South Africa is located in Africa.
  • South Africa ranks number 25 in the list of countries ordered by population.
  • The latitudinal point of South Africa is -30.721789. The longitudinal coordinate of the country is 23.455421.
  • The median age in South Africa is 27.6 years.
  • Minimum Wages in South Africa is 23.19 ZAR per hour, around USD $1.35 per hour in 2022.
  • The countries that South Africa shares its land boundary with are Namibia to the northwest, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the north, and by Swaziland and Mozambique to the northeast. Lesotho is an enclave in the east.

South Africa

Official name Republic of South Africa
Location Africa
Capital Pretoria (executive) and Cape Town (legislative)
Population 60,839,972 (as of July 2022)
Population density 42/km2
Population growth rate 1.32% (in 2022)
Area 1,221,037 km2 (471,444.83 sq mi)
Official language English, Zulu, Swazi, Afrikaans, Sepedi and Sesotho
Currency South African rand (ZAR)
Life expectancy 64.60 years
Internet TLD .za
Call code +27

South Africa Population Graph

South Africa Population History (1960-2020)

Year Population Male Population Female Population Male (%) Female (%) Urban Population Urban (%)
2020 59,317,586 29,219,843 30,097,743 49.26% 50.74% 39,950,394 67.35%
2019 58,567,051 28,861,843 29,705,208 49.28% 50.72% 39,157,930 66.86%
2018 57,801,189 28,501,766 29,299,423 49.31% 50.69% 38,356,869 66.36%
2017 57,018,302 28,127,128 28,891,174 49.33% 50.67% 37,546,552 65.85%
2016 56,216,080 27,742,635 28,473,445 49.35% 50.65% 36,731,587 65.34%
2015 55,394,677 27,342,813 28,051,864 49.36% 50.64% 35,912,369 64.83%
2014 54,552,366 26,927,048 27,625,318 49.36% 50.64% 35,082,627 64.31%
2013 53,695,178 26,503,940 27,191,238 49.36% 50.64% 34,252,154 63.79%
2012 52,840,584 26,076,828 26,763,756 49.35% 50.65% 33,432,237 63.27%
2011 52,011,560 25,667,705 26,343,855 49.35% 50.65% 32,637,254 62.75%
2010 51,224,650 25,274,242 25,950,408 49.34% 50.66% 31,871,977 62.22%
2009 50,484,585 24,904,046 25,580,539 49.33% 50.67% 31,143,940 61.69%
2008 49,788,432 24,555,655 25,232,777 49.32% 50.68% 30,445,626 61.15%
2007 49,128,608 24,230,229 24,898,379 49.32% 50.68% 29,781,762 60.62%
2006 48,498,192 23,914,458 24,583,734 49.31% 50.69% 29,137,714 60.08%
2005 47,889,214 23,609,383 24,279,831 49.3% 50.7% 28,513,238 59.54%
2004 47,300,122 23,318,960 23,981,162 49.3% 50.7% 27,902,342 58.99%
2003 46,727,612 23,036,713 23,690,899 49.3% 50.7% 27,312,289 58.45%
2002 46,159,220 22,756,495 23,402,725 49.3% 50.7% 26,726,188 57.9%
2001 45,579,475 22,470,681 23,108,794 49.3% 50.7% 26,148,945 57.37%
2000 44,975,807 22,177,570 22,798,237 49.31% 50.69% 25,586,737 56.89%
1999 44,346,532 21,867,275 22,479,257 49.31% 50.69% 25,015,879 56.41%
1998 43,690,122 21,543,599 22,146,523 49.31% 50.69% 24,435,885 55.93%
1997 42,995,194 21,205,230 21,789,964 49.32% 50.68% 23,840,835 55.45%
1996 42,248,610 20,841,239 21,407,371 49.33% 50.67% 23,224,061 54.97%
1995 41,443,219 20,460,517 20,982,702 49.37% 50.63% 22,582,410 54.49%
1994 40,571,363 20,046,310 20,525,053 49.41% 50.59% 21,908,536 54%
1993 39,640,888 19,614,311 20,026,577 49.48% 50.52% 21,215,803 53.52%
1992 38,679,572 19,165,728 19,513,844 49.55% 50.45% 20,515,645 53.04%
1991 37,725,741 18,719,513 19,006,228 49.62% 50.38% 19,824,877 52.55%
1990 36,807,131 18,289,463 18,517,668 49.69% 50.31% 19,154,431 52.04%
1989 35,936,523 17,874,827 18,061,696 49.74% 50.26% 18,510,903 51.51%
1988 35,107,223 17,476,376 17,630,847 49.78% 50.22% 17,894,152 50.97%
1987 34,303,901 17,090,203 17,213,698 49.82% 50.18% 17,302,888 50.44%
1986 33,501,985 16,697,389 16,804,596 49.84% 50.16% 16,720,841 49.91%
1985 32,684,758 16,293,352 16,391,406 49.85% 50.15% 16,136,465 49.37%
1984 31,847,319 15,875,889 15,971,430 49.85% 50.15% 15,633,849 49.09%
1983 30,999,341 15,450,072 15,549,269 49.84% 50.16% 15,164,878 48.92%
1982 30,155,875 15,026,673 15,129,202 49.83% 50.17% 14,704,005 48.76%
1981 29,338,375 14,613,445 14,724,930 49.81% 50.19% 14,255,516 48.59%
1980 28,561,911 14,223,832 14,338,079 49.8% 50.2% 13,832,533 48.43%
1979 27,832,334 13,860,502 13,971,832 49.8% 50.2% 13,456,933 48.35%
1978 27,143,851 13,520,352 13,623,499 49.81% 50.19% 13,107,766 48.29%
1977 26,485,682 13,195,167 13,290,515 49.82% 50.18% 12,774,044 48.23%
1976 25,841,541 12,876,840 12,964,701 49.83% 50.17% 12,447,870 48.17%
1975 25,199,719 12,557,020 12,642,699 49.83% 50.17% 12,123,585 48.11%
1974 24,557,451 12,236,978 12,320,473 49.83% 50.17% 11,799,855 48.05%
1973 23,917,873 11,915,884 12,001,989 49.82% 50.18% 11,478,187 47.99%
1972 23,286,173 11,596,514 11,689,659 49.8% 50.2% 11,161,063 47.93%
1971 22,669,798 11,287,292 11,382,506 49.79% 50.21% 10,852,032 47.87%
1970 22,074,197 10,986,328 11,087,869 49.77% 50.23% 10,553,674 47.81%
1969 21,500,374 10,698,586 10,801,788 49.76% 50.24% 10,255,678 47.7%
1968 20,946,335 10,420,802 10,525,533 49.75% 50.25% 9,968,361 47.59%
1967 20,410,944 10,152,404 10,258,540 49.74% 50.26% 9,691,116 47.48%
1966 19,892,237 9,892,409 9,999,828 49.73% 50.27% 9,420,963 47.36%
1965 19,388,715 9,643,947 9,744,768 49.74% 50.26% 9,161,168 47.25%
1964 18,900,082 9,402,791 9,497,291 49.75% 50.25% 8,907,609 47.13%
1963 18,426,842 9,171,039 9,255,803 49.77% 50.23% 8,664,301 47.02%
1962 17,969,326 8,946,927 9,022,399 49.79% 50.21% 8,429,411 46.91%
1961 17,528,038 8,732,469 8,795,569 49.82% 50.18% 8,201,369 46.79%
1960 17,103,256 8,527,683 8,575,573 49.86% 50.14% 7,973,538 46.62%
Source: Worldbank Open Data | Some data could be adjusted by Pediaglobe.

Cities in South Africa ordered by Population

The list offered below features the biggest cities of South Africa. Besides, in the table you will find information regarding the population size in these cities. Cities are ordered by population (largest to smallest).

South Africa

# City Population 2022
1 Cape Town 3,437,561
2 Durban 3,123,402
3 Johannesburg 2,029,306
4 Soweto 1,696,742
5 Pretoria 1,621,057
6 Port Elizabeth 968,935
7 Pietermaritzburg 751,671
8 Benoni 606,191
9 Tembisa 512,269
10 East London 482,122
11 Vereeniging 477,197
12 Bloemfontein 465,981
13 Boksburg 448,462
14 Welkom 434,449
15 Newcastle 408,198
16 Krugersdorp 380,715
17 Diepsloot 352,380
18 Randburg 339,513
19 Roodepoort 328,538
20 Botshabelo 312,037
21 Brakpan 307,954
22 Witbank 264,066
23 Richards Bay 255,169
24 Vanderbijlpark 248,259
25 Centurion 237,692
26 Uitenhage 230,125
27 Paarl 190,874
28 Springs 187,941
29 Carletonville 183,671
30 Klerksdorp 179,708
31 Westonaria 157,819
32 Middelburg 155,526
33 Vryheid 150,717
34 Pinetown 145,250
35 Kimberley 143,325
36 Embalenhle 142,818
37 Nigel 141,854
38 Mpumalanga 140,962
39 Bhisho 138,221
40 Randfontein 134,429
41 Worcester 128,286
42 Rustenburg 124,597
43 Polokwane 124,553
44 Potchefstroom 124,349
45 Brits 123,171
46 Virginia 123,041
47 Alberton 122,375
48 Mabopane 111,571
49 Nelspruit 110,600
50 Phalaborwa 110,081
51 Queenstown 106,194
52 Kroonstad 104,845
53 Mokopane 101,575
54 Kutloanong 95,692
55 Stellenbosch 94,876
56 Stilfontein 93,594
57 Delmas 92,736
58 Grahamstown 92,061
59 Ga-Rankuwa 91,554
60 Warmbaths 90,923
61 Midrand 88,331
62 Louis Trichardt 87,531
63 Piet Retief 85,125
64 Dundee 85,097
65 Phuthaditjhaba 84,932
66 Bethlehem 84,315
67 Mthatha 79,489
68 Sasolburg 77,863
69 Mmabatho 77,368
70 Standerton 74,761
71 Bothaville 72,639
72 Upington 72,058
73 Parys 71,890
74 Schweizer-Reneke 70,825
75 Knysna 69,160
76 Saldanha 68,919
77 Barberton 68,586
78 Atlantis 68,233
79 Lichtenburg 66,350
80 Graaff-Reinet 63,456
81 Fochville 62,903
82 Oudtshoorn 61,987
83 Bethal 61,229
84 Mossel Bay 59,610
85 Fort Beaufort 58,962
86 Kraaifontein 58,340
87 Wellington 55,937
88 Viljoenskroon 55,378
89 Port Shepstone 53,300
90 KwaDukuza 52,010
91 Vryburg 49,975
92 Wolmaransstad 49,795
93 Edenvale 49,745
94 Esikhaleni 49,639
95 Balfour 46,496
96 Mondlo 45,277
97 Beaufort West 45,144
98 Aliwal North 44,898
99 Thohoyandou 44,442
100 Heidelberg 0

Other Countries from Africa Ranked by Population

Country Name Population 2022 Population density
Nigeria 216,850,785 218/km2
Ethiopia 119,814,176 93/km2
Democratic Republic of the Congo 105,404,210 46/km2
Egypt 105,191,099 102/km2
South Africa 60,839,972 42/km2
Kenya 55,839,697 78/km2
Sudan 46,010,693 21/km2
Algeria 45,433,964 17.9/km2
Morocco 37,722,619 50.1/km2
Angola 33,103,620 25/km2
Mozambique 33,099,311 28.9/km2
Ghana 32,257,331 102/km2
Madagascar 29,098,694 35.6/km2
Ivory Coast 27,485,355 64/km2
Cameroon 27,395,781 39.9/km2
Niger 26,010,912 12.2/km2
Burkina Faso 22,081,135 65/km2
Mali 21,396,790 11.8/km2
Malawi 20,091,635 153.3/km2
Senegal 17,518,022 70/km2