Cape Town, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2022

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Cape Town, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2022. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Cape Town in 2022 is 4,801,000, a 1.93% increase from 2021.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2021 was 4,710,000, a 1.99% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2020 was 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.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 6,065,000
Cape Town 4,801,000
Ekurhuleni 4,045,000
Ethekwini 3,199,000
Pretoria 2,740,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,281,000
West Rand 922,000
Soshanguve 879,000
Vereeniging 786,000
Buffalo City 726,000
Bloemfontein 588,000
Rustenburg 555,000
The Msunduzi 539,000
Witbank 485,000
Polokwane 463,000
Cape Town - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2022 4,801,000 1.93%
2021 4,710,000 1.99%
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%