South Africa Rural Population 1960-2021

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • South Africa rural population for 2019 was 19,408,553, a 0.16% decline from 2018.
  • South Africa rural population for 2018 was 19,439,954, a 0.13% decline from 2017.
  • South Africa rural population for 2017 was 19,465,654, a 0.07% decline from 2016.
  • South Africa rural population for 2016 was 19,479,624, a 0% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Rural Population
China 554,781,038
Russia 36,689,646
Thailand 34,330,982
Brazil 27,807,886
Mexico 24,948,670
Iran 20,404,283
Turkey 20,331,797
South Africa 19,408,553
Algeria 11,542,954
Iraq 11,526,415
Colombia 9,512,141
Romania 8,887,751
Guatemala 8,063,081
Kazakhstan 7,861,015
Malaysia 7,474,011
Peru 7,120,114
Ecuador 6,256,951
Azerbaijan 4,407,153
Venezuela 3,353,461
Serbia 3,037,732
Turkmenistan 2,849,351
Paraguay 2,685,486
Cuba 2,594,348
Belarus 1,983,874
Dominican Republic 1,951,483
Bulgaria 1,719,734
Bosnia 1,695,856
Libya 1,328,855
Jamaica 1,297,685
Namibia 1,221,272
Albania 1,106,598
Armenia 1,087,883
Costa Rica 1,005,676
Jordan 888,646
North Macedonia 870,719
Lebanon 770,719
Mauritius 749,731
Botswana 687,147
Guyana 573,854
Fiji 384,905
Equatorial Guinea 371,174
Maldives 317,308
Gabon 222,885
Belize 211,314
Montenegro 204,372
Suriname 197,111
Samoa 161,509
St. Lucia 148,510
Tonga 80,349
Grenada 71,238
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 52,404
Dominica 20,978
Marshall Islands 13,277
American Samoa 7,109
Tuvalu 4,284
Nauru 0
South Africa Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 19,408,553 33.14 -0.16%
2018 19,439,954 33.65 -0.13%
2017 19,465,654 34.15 -0.07%
2016 19,479,624 34.66 -0.00%
2015 19,480,493 35.17 0.07%
2014 19,466,373 35.69 0.14%
2013 19,439,262 36.21 0.18%
2012 19,404,873 36.73 0.16%
2011 19,373,634 37.25 0.12%
2010 19,350,793 37.78 0.06%
2009 19,339,257 38.31 0.01%
2008 19,337,333 38.85 -0.04%
2007 19,345,326 39.38 -0.07%
2006 19,358,447 39.92 -0.08%
2005 19,374,406 40.46 -0.10%
2004 19,392,871 41.01 -0.11%
2003 19,413,695 41.55 -0.09%
2002 19,430,457 42.10 0.01%
2001 19,427,946 42.63 0.22%
2000 19,385,129 43.11 0.30%
1999 19,326,728 43.59 0.39%
1998 19,250,772 44.07 0.52%
1997 19,151,344 44.55 0.68%
1996 19,022,394 45.03 0.86%
1995 18,859,071 45.51 1.07%
1994 18,657,845 46.00 1.28%
1993 18,421,371 46.48 1.42%
1992 18,161,430 46.96 1.47%
1991 17,896,133 47.45 1.38%
1990 17,650,628 47.96 1.29%
1989 17,424,278 48.50 1.24%
1988 17,209,274 49.03 1.23%
1987 16,998,296 49.56 1.29%
1986 16,779,798 50.10 1.41%
1985 16,544,660 50.63 2.04%
1984 16,211,192 50.91 2.37%
1983 15,830,992 51.08 2.43%
1982 15,450,296 51.24 2.43%
1981 15,079,855 51.41 2.36%
1980 14,728,154 51.58 2.44%
1979 14,373,089 51.65 2.39%
1978 14,033,830 51.71 2.34%
1977 13,709,433 51.77 2.35%
1976 13,391,517 51.83 2.40%
1975 13,074,034 51.89 2.47%
1974 12,755,290 51.95 2.52%
1973 12,437,442 52.01 2.56%
1972 12,122,914 52.07 2.57%
1971 11,815,632 52.13 2.55%
1970 11,518,437 52.19 2.43%
1969 11,241,587 52.30 2.39%
1968 10,975,778 52.41 2.37%
1967 10,718,501 52.52 2.36%
1966 10,468,777 52.64 2.35%
1965 10,225,891 52.75 2.34%
1964 9,989,722 52.87 2.32%
1963 9,760,591 52.98 2.30%
1962 9,538,722 53.09 2.27%
1961 9,324,278 53.21 2.13%
1960 9,128,066 53.38 %