South Africa Population 1950-2019

Chart and table of South Africa population from 1950 to 2019. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Africa in 2019 is 58,558,270, a 1.33% increase from 2018.
  • The population of South Africa in 2018 was 57,792,518, a 1.37% increase from 2017.
  • The population of South Africa in 2017 was 57,009,756, a 1.43% increase from 2016.
  • The population of South Africa in 2016 was 56,207,646, a 1.48% increase from 2015.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Country Name 2019 Population
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Turkey 83,429,615
Iran 82,913,906
Thailand 69,625,582
South Africa 58,558,270
Colombia 50,339,443
Algeria 43,053,054
Iraq 39,309,783
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Kazakhstan 18,551,427
Guatemala 17,581,472
Ecuador 17,373,662
Cuba 11,333,483
Dominican Republic 10,738,958
Jordan 10,101,694
Azerbaijan 10,047,718
Belarus 9,452,411
Serbia 8,772,235
Paraguay 7,044,636
Bulgaria 7,000,119
Lebanon 6,855,713
Libya 6,777,452
Turkmenistan 5,942,089
Costa Rica 5,047,561
Armenia 2,957,731
Jamaica 2,948,279
Albania 2,880,917
Namibia 2,494,530
Botswana 2,303,697
Gabon 2,172,579
North Macedonia 2,083,459
Equatorial Guinea 1,355,986
Mauritius 1,269,668
Fiji 889,953
Guyana 782,766
Montenegro 627,987
Suriname 581,372
Maldives 530,953
Belize 390,353
Samoa 197,097
Grenada 112,003
Tonga 104,494
Dominica 71,808
Marshall Islands 58,791
American Samoa 55,312
Tuvalu 11,646
Nauru 10,756
South Africa - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2019 58,558,270 1.33%
2018 57,792,518 1.37%
2017 57,009,756 1.43%
2016 56,207,646 1.48%
2015 55,386,367 1.54%
2014 54,544,186 1.60%
2013 53,687,121 1.62%
2012 52,832,658 1.59%
2011 52,003,755 1.54%
2010 51,216,964 1.47%
2009 50,477,011 1.40%
2008 49,779,471 1.34%
2007 49,119,759 1.30%
2006 48,489,459 1.27%
2005 47,880,601 1.25%
2004 47,291,610 1.23%
2003 46,719,196 1.23%
2002 46,150,913 1.27%
2001 45,571,274 1.34%
2000 44,967,708 1.42%
1999 44,338,543 1.50%
1998 43,682,260 1.62%
1997 42,987,461 1.77%
1996 42,241,011 1.94%
1995 41,435,758 2.15%
1994 40,564,059 2.35%
1993 39,633,750 2.49%
1992 38,672,607 2.53%
1991 37,718,950 2.50%
1990 36,800,509 2.42%
1989 35,930,050 2.36%
1988 35,100,909 2.34%
1987 34,297,727 2.39%
1986 33,495,953 2.50%
1985 32,678,874 2.63%
1984 31,841,593 2.74%
1983 30,993,758 2.80%
1982 30,150,448 2.79%
1981 29,333,103 2.72%
1980 28,556,769 2.62%
1979 27,827,320 2.54%
1978 27,138,965 2.49%
1977 26,480,913 2.49%
1976 25,836,888 2.55%
1975 25,195,187 2.62%
1974 24,552,540 2.67%
1973 23,913,099 2.71%
1972 23,281,508 2.72%
1971 22,665,271 2.70%
1970 22,069,776 2.67%
1969 21,496,075 2.65%
1968 20,942,145 2.62%
1967 20,406,864 2.61%
1966 19,888,250 2.60%
1965 19,384,841 2.59%
1964 18,896,307 2.57%
1963 18,423,161 2.55%
1962 17,965,725 2.52%
1961 17,524,533 2.48%
1960 17,099,840 2.45%
1959 16,691,449 2.41%
1958 16,298,792 2.37%
1957 15,921,016 2.34%
1956 15,557,205 2.31%
1955 15,206,502 2.28%
1954 14,868,158 2.25%
1953 14,541,559 2.22%
1952 14,226,256 2.19%
1951 13,921,934 2.15%
1950 13,628,428 0.00%