Rustenburg, 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 Rustenburg, 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 Rustenburg in 2020 is 509,000, a 4.95% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Rustenburg in 2019 was 485,000, a 5.21% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Rustenburg in 2018 was 461,000, a 5.98% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Rustenburg in 2017 was 435,000, a 6.1% 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
Rustenburg - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 509,000 4.95%
2019 485,000 5.21%
2018 461,000 5.98%
2017 435,000 6.10%
2016 410,000 5.94%
2015 387,000 6.03%
2014 365,000 5.80%
2013 345,000 6.15%
2012 325,000 5.86%
2011 307,000 5.86%
2010 290,000 6.23%
2009 273,000 5.81%
2008 258,000 5.74%
2007 244,000 6.09%
2006 230,000 5.99%
2005 217,000 5.85%
2004 205,000 6.22%
2003 193,000 6.04%
2002 182,000 8.33%
2001 168,000 15.07%
2000 146,000 15.87%
1999 126,000 14.55%
1998 110,000 15.79%
1997 95,000 14.46%
1996 83,000 10.67%
1995 75,000 10.29%
1994 68,000 11.48%
1993 61,000 10.91%
1992 55,000 10.00%
1991 50,000 6.38%
1990 47,000 4.44%
1989 45,000 4.65%
1988 43,000 4.88%
1987 41,000 2.50%
1986 40,000 5.26%
1985 38,000 2.70%
1984 37,000 2.78%
1983 36,000 5.88%
1982 34,000 3.03%
1981 33,000 3.13%
1980 32,000 3.23%
1979 31,000 3.33%
1978 30,000 3.45%
1977 29,000 3.57%
1976 28,000 3.70%
1975 27,000 3.85%
1974 26,000 4.00%
1973 25,000 4.17%
1972 24,000 4.35%
1971 23,000 4.55%
1970 22,000 0.00%
1969 22,000 4.76%
1968 21,000 0.00%
1967 21,000 5.00%
1966 20,000 0.00%
1965 20,000 5.26%
1964 19,000 0.00%
1963 19,000 5.56%
1962 18,000 0.00%
1961 18,000 0.00%
1960 18,000 5.88%
1959 17,000 0.00%
1958 17,000 6.25%
1957 16,000 0.00%
1956 16,000 6.67%
1955 15,000 0.00%
1954 15,000 0.00%
1953 15,000 7.14%
1952 14,000 0.00%
1951 14,000 0.00%
1950 14,000 0.00%