Cape Town, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Cape Town, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2021. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Cape Town in 2021 is 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.
  • The metro area population of Cape Town in 2018 was 4,430,000, a 2.59% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 5,927,000
Cape Town 4,710,000
Ekurhuleni 3,970,000
Ethekwini 3,176,000
Pretoria 2,655,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,267,000
West Rand 909,000
Soshanguve 866,000
Vereeniging 780,000
Buffalo City 717,000
Bloemfontein 578,000
The Msunduzi 533,000
Rustenburg 533,000
Witbank 470,000
Polokwane 445,000
Cape Town - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%