Cape Town, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Cape Town, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Cape Town in 2020 is 4,618,000, a 2.08% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2019 was 4,524,000, a 2.12% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2018 was 4,430,000, a 2.59% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2017 was 4,318,000, a 2.61% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 5,783,000
Cape Town 4,618,000
Ekurhuleni 3,894,000
Ethekwini 3,158,000
Pretoria 2,566,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,254,000
West Rand 898,000
Soshanguve 853,000
Vereeniging 774,000
Buffalo City 709,000
Bloemfontein 567,000
The Msunduzi 527,000
Rustenburg 509,000
Witbank 454,000
Polokwane 426,000
Cape Town - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 4,618,000 2.08%
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%