Ethekwini, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Ethekwini, 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 Ethekwini in 2021 is 3,176,000, a 0.57% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Ethekwini in 2020 was 3,158,000, a 0.41% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Ethekwini in 2019 was 3,145,000, a 0.35% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Ethekwini in 2018 was 3,134,000, a 0.77% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
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
Ethekwini - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 3,176,000 0.57%
2020 3,158,000 0.41%
2019 3,145,000 0.35%
2018 3,134,000 0.77%
2017 3,110,000 0.75%
2016 3,087,000 0.78%
2015 3,063,000 0.76%
2014 3,040,000 0.76%
2013 3,017,000 0.77%
2012 2,994,000 0.74%
2011 2,972,000 0.78%
2010 2,949,000 0.75%
2009 2,927,000 0.76%
2008 2,905,000 0.76%
2007 2,883,000 0.77%
2006 2,861,000 0.77%
2005 2,839,000 0.75%
2004 2,818,000 0.75%
2003 2,797,000 0.76%
2002 2,776,000 1.68%
2001 2,730,000 4.00%
2000 2,625,000 4.00%
1999 2,524,000 4.00%
1998 2,427,000 4.03%
1997 2,333,000 4.15%
1996 2,240,000 4.62%
1995 2,141,000 4.54%
1994 2,048,000 4.60%
1993 1,958,000 4.59%
1992 1,872,000 4.58%
1991 1,790,000 3.89%
1990 1,723,000 3.55%
1989 1,664,000 3.55%
1988 1,607,000 3.61%
1987 1,551,000 3.54%
1986 1,498,000 3.60%
1985 1,446,000 3.51%
1984 1,397,000 3.56%
1983 1,349,000 3.61%
1982 1,302,000 3.58%
1981 1,257,000 3.54%
1980 1,214,000 3.58%
1979 1,172,000 3.53%
1978 1,132,000 3.57%
1977 1,093,000 3.50%
1976 1,056,000 3.63%
1975 1,019,000 3.56%
1974 984,000 3.58%
1973 950,000 3.49%
1972 918,000 3.61%
1971 886,000 3.50%
1970 856,000 2.51%
1969 835,000 2.33%
1968 816,000 2.38%
1967 797,000 2.31%
1966 779,000 2.37%
1965 761,000 2.28%
1964 744,000 2.34%
1963 727,000 2.25%
1962 711,000 2.45%
1961 694,000 2.51%
1960 677,000 3.36%
1959 655,000 3.48%
1958 633,000 3.43%
1957 612,000 3.38%
1956 592,000 3.32%
1955 573,000 3.43%
1954 554,000 3.55%
1953 535,000 3.28%
1952 518,000 3.39%
1951 501,000 3.51%
1950 484,000 0.00%