Johannesburg, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Johannesburg, 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 Johannesburg in 2021 is 5,927,000, a 2.49% increase from 2020.
  • The metro area population of Johannesburg in 2020 was 5,783,000, a 2.63% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Johannesburg in 2019 was 5,635,000, a 2.72% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Johannesburg in 2018 was 5,486,000, a 3.24% 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
Johannesburg - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 5,927,000 2.49%
2020 5,783,000 2.63%
2019 5,635,000 2.72%
2018 5,486,000 3.24%
2017 5,314,000 3.24%
2016 5,147,000 3.25%
2015 4,985,000 3.25%
2014 4,828,000 3.25%
2013 4,676,000 3.25%
2012 4,529,000 3.24%
2011 4,387,000 3.25%
2010 4,249,000 3.23%
2009 4,116,000 3.24%
2008 3,987,000 3.24%
2007 3,862,000 3.26%
2006 3,740,000 3.23%
2005 3,623,000 3.25%
2004 3,509,000 3.24%
2003 3,399,000 3.25%
2002 3,292,000 3.55%
2001 3,179,000 4.37%
2000 3,046,000 4.42%
1999 2,917,000 4.40%
1998 2,794,000 4.41%
1997 2,676,000 4.69%
1996 2,556,000 5.58%
1995 2,421,000 5.58%
1994 2,293,000 5.52%
1993 2,173,000 5.59%
1992 2,058,000 5.54%
1991 1,950,000 3.78%
1990 1,879,000 2.96%
1989 1,825,000 2.93%
1988 1,773,000 2.96%
1987 1,722,000 2.93%
1986 1,673,000 2.95%
1985 1,625,000 1.50%
1984 1,601,000 0.69%
1983 1,590,000 0.76%
1982 1,578,000 0.77%
1981 1,566,000 0.71%
1980 1,555,000 0.78%
1979 1,543,000 0.72%
1978 1,532,000 0.79%
1977 1,520,000 0.73%
1976 1,509,000 0.73%
1975 1,498,000 0.74%
1974 1,487,000 0.75%
1973 1,476,000 0.75%
1972 1,465,000 0.76%
1971 1,454,000 0.76%
1970 1,443,000 2.12%
1969 1,413,000 2.32%
1968 1,381,000 2.30%
1967 1,350,000 2.35%
1966 1,319,000 2.41%
1965 1,288,000 2.30%
1964 1,259,000 2.36%
1963 1,230,000 2.33%
1962 1,202,000 2.30%
1961 1,175,000 2.35%
1960 1,148,000 2.41%
1959 1,121,000 2.28%
1958 1,096,000 2.33%
1957 1,071,000 2.39%
1956 1,046,000 2.35%
1955 1,022,000 2.30%
1954 999,000 2.36%
1953 976,000 2.31%
1952 954,000 2.36%
1951 932,000 2.31%
1950 911,000 0.00%