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South Africa Population


Highlights of Analysis:

  • South Africa Population is increasing
  • South Africa Population Density is increasing
  • South Africa Life Expectancy is increasing
  • South Africa Fertility Rate is decreasing
Every year South Africa population is expected to increase by 276700 people. South Africa contributes 0.74% of world's total population. Average Life Expectancy in South Africa is 64.587 and is expected to Increase in upcoming next 50 years.Life Expectancy is below average when compared to global average (Currently Hong Kong Ranks 1st for Life Expectancy of 85 years). How the world population is changing is of great importance for humanity’s impact on the Earth’s natural environment, but it also gives reasons to hope for a good future. South Africa owns 0.00814% of land i.e. 1213090 Sq Kms of land and Ranks 24 when compared to other Global Countries Land area

South Africa Population, Density, Fertility Rate and Life Expectancy Overview
South Africa Population Analysis Year 2010 Year 2020 Year 2030
South Africa Population (in million) 51.58 58.72 64.46
South Africa Global Rank 24th 25th 25th
South Africa Global Population Share 0.74% 0.75% 0.75%
South Africa Global Population Density 41.4 43.18 44.87
South Africa Global Population Density Rank 212th 214th 216th
South Africa Average Life Expectancy 55.88 64.58 66.73
South Africa Average Life Expectancy Global Rank 186th 169th 171st
South Africa Fertility Rate 2.58 2.35 2.15
South Africa Fertility Rate Global Rank 92nd 87th 83rd
Note : Population Density means number of people staying per kilometer and Fertility rate means number of kids born per women

What is the Population trend of ?

  • Every year South Africa population is expected to increase by 276700 people. 
  • South Africa population overall trend is expected to be Decreasing for next 50 years and expected to be in Decreasing trend for next 100 years. 
  • As per trend analysis South Africa will have more death than births from 2081 and this will impact population growth. 
  • South Africa Global Population Rank for next 50 years is expected to be in Range of 25th-27th. 

What is the Population growth rate of ?

  • South Africa population average growth rate for next 50 years is increasing at Rate of 0.43%. 
  • Overall population growth rate of South Africa is expected to be decreasing starting Year : 2081. 

What percentage of lives in ?

  • South Africa contributes 0.74% of world's total population. 

South Africa
 Population Fact

South Africa
 Total Population Trend

South Africa
 Population Growth Rate

South Africa
 Birth and Death Rate

Table : Past and Expected Future Population & Global Rank

Year Count(in Millions) Global Rank
2010 51.58 Million 24th
2020 58.72 Million 25th
2030 64.46 Million 25th
2040 69.07 Million 25th
2050 72.75 Million 27th
2060 75.36 Million 29th
2070 76.96 Million 28th
2080 77.59 Million 30th
2090 77.37 Million 32nd
2100 76.48 Million 35th

Table : Past and Expected Future Population Growth Rate

Year Count(in Millions) Growth Rate
2010 51.58 Million 1.2%
2020 58.72 Million 0.69%
2030 64.46 Million 0.52%
2040 69.07 Million 0.45%
2050 72.75 Million 0.33%
2060 75.36 Million 0.17%
2070 76.96 Million 0.04%
2080 77.59 Million -0.07%
2090 77.37 Million -0.14%
2100 76.48 Million -0.21%

Table : Past and Expected Future   Population Share in world

Year Count(in Millions) Share
2010 51.58 Million 0.74%
2020 58.72 Million 0.75%
2030 64.46 Million 0.75%
2040 69.07 Million 0.74%
2050 72.75 Million 0.74%
2060 75.36 Million 0.73%
2070 76.96 Million 0.72%
2080 77.59 Million 0.71%
2090 77.37 Million 0.7%
2100 76.48 Million 0.68%

South-Africa Population Density


What is the Population Density of 

  • South Africa population density is 46.59 per sq. km and is expected to be Decreasing for next 50 years. 
  • South Africa Ranks in range of 214th-222nd in term of population density around the world. 
  • As per trend, their will be decrease in population density of South Africa. 

South Africa
 Population Density (people per sq. km.)

Table : Past and Expected Future Population Density (people per sq. km.)

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Year Population Density Rank
2010 41.4 212th
2020 43.18 214th
2030 44.87 216th
2040 45.94 218th
2050 46.57 220th
2060 52.4 222nd
2070 57.35 224th
2080 61.02 226th
2090 63.14 228th
2100 63.51 230th

South-Africa Average Life Expectancy

  • Average Life Expectancy in South Africa is 64.587 and is expected to Increase in upcoming next 50 years. 
  • Life Expectancy is below average when compared to global average (Currently Hong Kong Ranks 1st for Life Expectancy of 85 years).  
  • South Africa ranks 169th in terms of average life expectancy around the world. 

South Africa
 Avg Life Expectancy

Table : Past and Expected Average Life Expectancy (Age) ()

Year Average Life Expectancy Rank
2010 55.88 186th
2020 64.58 169th
2030 66.73 171st
2040 69.06 169th
2050 71.31 164th
2060 73.64 161st
2070 75.66 161st
2080 77.33 162nd
2090 78.87 160th
2100 0

South-Africa Average Fertility Rate

  • In South Africa, Women gives birth to 2.352 (average) children every year and this fertility rate is expected to be in decreasing trend. 
  • South Africa rank is in range of 87th-94th in term of average fertility rate around the world. 

South Africa
 Fertility Rate kids per women

Table : Past and Expected Average Fertility Rate

Year Average Fertility Rate Rank
2010 2.58 92nd
2020 2.35 87th
2030 2.15 83rd
2040 2 82nd
2050 1.9 87th
2060 1.84 94th
2070 1.81 104th
2080 1.8 110th
2090 1.79 112th
2100 1.8 115th

Conclusion of Analysis :


In 1950, South Africa population was 13628428 and this continuously increasing at growth rate of average 0.02%.Currently South Africa population is around 51584663 and by year 2030 its expected to be 64465553 .South Africa ranks 24th when compared to other countries population. Average Life Expectancy of South Africa in 2010 was 55.888, in 2020 its 64.587 and by 2050 it will be 71.316.As mentioned in Highlight's South Africa population is increasing, population density is increasing, average life expectancy is increasing and average fertility rate is decreasing.

Reference (Source) :


  • https://population.un.org/wpp/
  • https://population.un.org/wpp/DataSources/
  • https://www.wikipedia.org/
Historical population data on a sub-national level – including their administrative divisions and principal towns – is collected by Jan Lahmeyer and published at his website www.populstat.info.
The Minnesota Population Center publishes various high-quality datasets based on census data beginning in 1790. At the time of writing this source was online at www.pop.umn.edu/index.php. It focuses on North America and Europe.
The Data & Information Services Center (DISC) Archive at University of Wisconsin-Madison provides access to census data and population datasets (mostly for the Americas). At the time of writing this source was online at http://www.disc.wisc.edu.
The International Database published by the U.S. Census Bureau provides data for the time 1950-2100. At the time of writing this source was online at https://www.census.gov/data-tools/demo/idb/informationGateway.php.
The Atlas of the Biosphere publishes data on Population Density. At the time of writing this source was online at www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.

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