South Africa Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of South Africa population from 1950 to 2020. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Africa in 2020 is 59,308,690, a 1.28% increase from 2019.
  • The population of South Africa in 2019 was 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.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Turkey 84,339,067
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Thailand 69,799,978
South Africa 59,308,690
Colombia 50,882,891
Algeria 43,851,044
Iraq 40,222,493
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Dominican Republic 10,847,910
Jordan 10,203,134
Azerbaijan 10,139,177
Belarus 9,449,323
Serbia 8,737,371
Paraguay 7,132,538
Bulgaria 6,948,445
Libya 6,871,292
Lebanon 6,825,445
Turkmenistan 6,031,200
Costa Rica 5,094,118
Armenia 2,963,243
Jamaica 2,961,167
Albania 2,877,797
Namibia 2,540,905
Botswana 2,351,627
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North Macedonia 2,083,374
Equatorial Guinea 1,402,985
Mauritius 1,271,768
Fiji 896,445
Guyana 786,552
Montenegro 628,066
Suriname 586,632
Maldives 540,544
Belize 397,628
Samoa 198,414
Grenada 112,523
Tonga 105,695
Dominica 71,986
Marshall Islands 59,190
American Samoa 55,191
Tuvalu 11,792
Nauru 10,824
South Africa - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 59,308,690 1.28%
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%