South Africa Population Growth Rate 1950-2021

Chart and table of South Africa population from 1950 to 2021. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Africa in 2021 is 60,041,994, a 1.24% increase from 2020.
  • The population of South Africa in 2020 was 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.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Country Name 2021 Population Growth Rate
China 1,444,216,107
Brazil 213,993,437
Russia 145,912,025
Mexico 130,262,216
Turkey 85,042,738
Iran 85,028,759
Thailand 69,950,850
South Africa 60,041,994
Colombia 51,265,844
Algeria 44,616,624
Iraq 41,179,350
Peru 33,359,418
Malaysia 32,776,194
Venezuela 28,704,954
Romania 19,127,774
Kazakhstan 18,994,962
Guatemala 18,249,860
Ecuador 17,888,475
Cuba 11,317,505
Dominican Republic 10,953,703
Jordan 10,269,021
Azerbaijan 10,223,342
Belarus 9,442,862
Serbia 8,697,550
Paraguay 7,219,638
Libya 6,958,532
Bulgaria 6,896,663
Lebanon 6,769,146
Turkmenistan 6,117,924
Costa Rica 5,139,052
Jamaica 2,973,463
Armenia 2,968,127
Albania 2,872,933
Namibia 2,587,344
Botswana 2,397,241
Gabon 2,278,825
North Macedonia 2,082,658
Equatorial Guinea 1,449,896
Mauritius 1,273,433
Fiji 902,906
Guyana 790,326
Montenegro 628,053
Suriname 591,800
Maldives 543,617
Belize 404,914
Samoa 200,149
Grenada 113,021
Tonga 106,760
Dominica 72,167
Marshall Islands 59,610
American Samoa 55,100
Tuvalu 11,931
Nauru 10,876
South Africa - Historical Population Growth Rate Data
Year Population Growth Rate Growth Rate
2021 60,041,994 1.24%
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%