Cape Town, South Africa Population 1950-2019

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Cape Town, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2019. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Cape Town in 2019 is 4,524,000, a 2.12% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Cape Town in 2018 was 4,430,000, a 2.59% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Cape Town in 2017 was 4,318,000, a 2.61% increase from 2016.
  • The population of Cape Town in 2016 was 4,208,000, a 2.63% increase from 2015.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 5,635,000
Cape Town 4,524,000
Ekurhuleni 3,818,000
Ethekwini 3,145,000
Pretoria 2,473,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,242,000
West Rand 886,000
Soshanguve 841,000
Vereeniging 769,000
Buffalo City 700,000
Bloemfontein 556,000
The Msunduzi 521,000
Rustenburg 485,000
Witbank 438,000
Polokwane 406,000
Cape Town - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2019 4,524,000 2.12%
2018 4,430,000 2.59%
2017 4,318,000 2.61%
2016 4,208,000 2.63%
2015 4,100,000 2.60%
2014 3,996,000 2.62%
2013 3,894,000 2.61%
2012 3,795,000 2.62%
2011 3,698,000 2.61%
2010 3,604,000 2.62%
2009 3,512,000 2.60%
2008 3,423,000 2.61%
2007 3,336,000 2.61%
2006 3,251,000 2.62%
2005 3,168,000 2.59%
2004 3,088,000 2.63%
2003 3,009,000 2.59%
2002 2,933,000 2.62%
2001 2,858,000 2.62%
2000 2,785,000 2.62%
1999 2,714,000 2.65%
1998 2,644,000 2.60%
1997 2,577,000 2.63%
1996 2,511,000 2.62%
1995 2,447,000 2.64%
1994 2,384,000 2.58%
1993 2,324,000 2.65%
1992 2,264,000 2.63%
1991 2,206,000 2.37%
1990 2,155,000 2.28%
1989 2,107,000 2.28%
1988 2,060,000 2.28%
1987 2,014,000 2.29%
1986 1,969,000 2.29%
1985 1,925,000 3.22%
1984 1,865,000 3.78%
1983 1,797,000 3.75%
1982 1,732,000 3.71%
1981 1,670,000 3.79%
1980 1,609,000 3.74%
1979 1,551,000 3.75%
1978 1,495,000 3.75%
1977 1,441,000 3.74%
1976 1,389,000 3.73%
1975 1,339,000 3.72%
1974 1,291,000 3.78%
1973 1,244,000 3.75%
1972 1,199,000 3.72%
1971 1,156,000 3.77%
1970 1,114,000 3.44%
1969 1,077,000 3.26%
1968 1,043,000 3.37%
1967 1,009,000 3.28%
1966 977,000 3.39%
1965 945,000 3.28%
1964 915,000 3.39%
1963 885,000 3.27%
1962 857,000 3.38%
1961 829,000 3.24%
1960 803,000 2.55%
1959 783,000 2.76%
1958 762,000 2.56%
1957 743,000 2.77%
1956 723,000 2.55%
1955 705,000 2.77%
1954 686,000 2.54%
1953 669,000 2.76%
1952 651,000 2.68%
1951 634,000 2.59%
1950 618,000 0.00%