Pretoria, South Africa Metro Area Population 1950-2020

NOTE: All data from 2020 and beyond are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Pretoria, South Africa metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Pretoria in 2020 is 2,566,000, a 3.76% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Pretoria in 2019 was 2,473,000, a 3.99% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Pretoria in 2018 was 2,378,000, a 4.53% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Pretoria in 2017 was 2,275,000, a 4.55% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in South Africa
City Name Population
Johannesburg 5,783,000
Cape Town 4,618,000
Ekurhuleni 3,894,000
Ethekwini 3,158,000
Pretoria 2,566,000
Nelson Mandela Bay 1,254,000
West Rand 898,000
Soshanguve 853,000
Vereeniging 774,000
Buffalo City 709,000
Bloemfontein 567,000
The Msunduzi 527,000
Rustenburg 509,000
Witbank 454,000
Polokwane 426,000
Pretoria - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 2,566,000 3.76%
2019 2,473,000 3.99%
2018 2,378,000 4.53%
2017 2,275,000 4.55%
2016 2,176,000 4.57%
2015 2,081,000 4.52%
2014 1,991,000 4.57%
2013 1,904,000 4.56%
2012 1,821,000 4.54%
2011 1,742,000 4.56%
2010 1,666,000 4.52%
2009 1,594,000 4.52%
2008 1,525,000 4.60%
2007 1,458,000 4.52%
2006 1,395,000 4.57%
2005 1,334,000 4.46%
2004 1,277,000 4.59%
2003 1,221,000 4.54%
2002 1,168,000 4.19%
2001 1,121,000 3.41%
2000 1,084,000 3.44%
1999 1,048,000 3.46%
1998 1,013,000 3.37%
1997 980,000 2.62%
1996 955,000 0.42%
1995 951,000 0.42%
1994 947,000 0.42%
1993 943,000 0.43%
1992 939,000 0.43%
1991 935,000 2.63%
1990 911,000 3.52%
1989 880,000 3.65%
1988 849,000 3.66%
1987 819,000 3.54%
1986 791,000 3.67%
1985 763,000 2.55%
1984 744,000 1.92%
1983 730,000 1.96%
1982 716,000 1.99%
1981 702,000 2.03%
1980 688,000 1.93%
1979 675,000 2.12%
1978 661,000 1.85%
1977 649,000 2.04%
1976 636,000 1.92%
1975 624,000 2.13%
1974 611,000 2.00%
1973 599,000 1.87%
1972 588,000 2.08%
1971 576,000 1.95%
1970 565,000 2.91%
1969 549,000 3.00%
1968 533,000 2.90%
1967 518,000 3.19%
1966 502,000 2.87%
1965 488,000 3.17%
1964 473,000 2.83%
1963 460,000 3.14%
1962 446,000 3.00%
1961 433,000 3.34%
1960 419,000 4.23%
1959 402,000 4.42%
1958 385,000 4.05%
1957 370,000 4.52%
1956 354,000 4.12%
1955 340,000 4.29%
1954 326,000 4.49%
1953 312,000 4.00%
1952 300,000 4.53%
1951 287,000 4.36%
1950 275,000 0.00%