Johannesburg, South Africa Population 1950-2019

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Johannesburg, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2019. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current population of Johannesburg in 2019 is 5,635,000, a 2.72% increase from 2018.
  • The population of Johannesburg in 2018 was 5,486,000, a 3.24% increase from 2017.
  • The population of Johannesburg in 2017 was 5,314,000, a 3.24% increase from 2016.
  • The population of Johannesburg in 2016 was 5,147,000, a 3.25% increase from 2015.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 5,635,000
Cape Town 4,524,000
Ekurhuleni 3,818,000
Ethekwini 3,145,000
Pretoria 2,473,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,242,000
West Rand 886,000
Soshanguve 841,000
Vereeniging 769,000
Buffalo City 700,000
Bloemfontein 556,000
The Msunduzi 521,000
Rustenburg 485,000
Witbank 438,000
Polokwane 406,000
Johannesburg - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
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%