South Africa Population Density 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 South Africa population density from 1950 to 2020. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population density of South Africa in 2020 is 48.65 people per square kilometer, a 1.28% increase from 2019.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2019 was 48.03 people per square kilometer, a 1.33% increase from 2018.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2018 was 47.41 people per square kilometer, a 1.37% increase from 2017.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2017 was 46.76 people per square kilometer, a 1.43% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Similar Countries Ranked by Population Density
Country Name 2020 Population Density
Maldives 1,801.81
Lebanon 653.15
Mauritius 623.42
Nauru 541.20
Tuvalu 393.07
Grenada 330.95
Marshall Islands 328.83
American Samoa 275.96
Jamaica 269.44
Dominican Republic 222.89
Guatemala 164.53
China 150.51
Tonga 140.93
Thailand 136.03
Azerbaijan 117.08
Jordan 114.23
Turkey 107.39
Cuba 103.08
Albania 100.10
Costa Rica 99.69
Armenia 99.64
Serbia 98.88
Malaysia 97.98
Dominica 95.98
Iraq 92.45
North Macedonia 81.03
Romania 80.70
Samoa 69.86
Ecuador 68.82
Mexico 65.64
Bulgaria 62.60
Equatorial Guinea 50.02
Fiji 49.07
South Africa 48.65
Iran 48.13
Belarus 45.52
Montenegro 45.48
Colombia 44.57
Venezuela 31.18
Peru 25.65
Brazil 24.96
Algeria 18.41
Paraguay 17.54
Belize 17.31
Turkmenistan 12.36
Russia 8.54
Gabon 8.32
Kazakhstan 6.89
Botswana 4.04
Libya 3.91
Guyana 3.66
Suriname 3.58
Namibia 3.08
South Africa - Historical Population Density Data
Year Population Density Growth Rate
2020 48.65 1.28%
2019 48.03 1.33%
2018 47.41 1.37%
2017 46.76 1.43%
2016 46.11 1.48%
2015 45.43 1.54%
2014 44.74 1.60%
2013 44.04 1.62%
2012 43.34 1.59%
2011 42.66 1.54%
2010 42.01 1.47%
2009 41.41 1.40%
2008 40.83 1.34%
2007 40.29 1.30%
2006 39.78 1.27%
2005 39.28 1.25%
2004 38.79 1.23%
2003 38.32 1.23%
2002 37.86 1.27%
2001 37.38 1.34%
2000 36.89 1.42%
1999 36.37 1.50%
1998 35.83 1.62%
1997 35.26 1.77%
1996 34.65 1.94%
1995 33.99 2.15%
1994 33.27 2.35%
1993 32.51 2.49%
1992 31.72 2.53%
1991 30.94 2.50%
1990 30.19 2.42%
1989 29.47 2.36%
1988 28.79 2.34%
1987 28.13 2.39%
1986 27.48 2.50%
1985 26.81 2.63%
1984 26.12 2.74%
1983 25.42 2.80%
1982 24.73 2.79%
1981 24.06 2.72%
1980 23.42 2.62%
1979 22.83 2.54%
1978 22.26 2.49%
1977 21.72 2.49%
1976 21.19 2.55%
1975 20.67 2.62%
1974 20.14 2.67%
1973 19.62 2.71%
1972 19.10 2.72%
1971 18.59 2.70%
1970 18.10 2.67%
1969 17.63 2.65%
1968 17.18 2.62%
1967 16.74 2.61%
1966 16.31 2.60%
1965 15.90 2.59%
1964 15.50 2.57%
1963 15.11 2.55%
1962 14.74 2.52%
1961 14.38 2.48%
1960 14.03 2.45%
1959 13.69 2.41%
1958 13.37 2.37%
1957 13.06 2.34%
1956 12.76 2.31%
1955 12.47 2.28%
1954 12.20 2.25%
1953 11.93 2.22%
1952 11.67 2.19%
1951 11.42 2.15%
1950 11.18 0.00%