South Africa Urban Population 1960-2021

Urban population refers to people living in urban areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated using World Bank population estimates and urban ratios from the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • South Africa urban population for 2019 was 39,149,717, a 2.11% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa urban population for 2018 was 38,339,668, a 2.14% increase from 2017.
  • South Africa urban population for 2017 was 37,534,797, a 2.21% increase from 2016.
  • South Africa urban population for 2016 was 36,724,030, a 2.28% increase from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Brazil 183,241,641
Russia 107,683,889
Mexico 102,626,859
Turkey 63,097,818
Iran 62,509,623
Colombia 40,827,302
South Africa 39,149,717
Thailand 35,294,600
Algeria 31,510,100
Iraq 27,783,368
Peru 25,390,339
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Jordan 9,213,048
Dominican Republic 8,787,475
Cuba 8,739,135
Guatemala 8,540,945
Belarus 7,482,982
Lebanon 6,084,994
Azerbaijan 5,616,165
Libya 5,448,597
Bulgaria 5,256,027
Paraguay 4,359,150
Costa Rica 4,041,885
Serbia 3,907,243
Turkmenistan 3,092,738
Gabon 1,949,694
Armenia 1,869,848
Albania 1,747,593
Jamaica 1,650,594
Botswana 1,616,550
Bosnia 1,605,144
Namibia 1,273,258
North Macedonia 1,212,740
Equatorial Guinea 984,812
Mauritius 515,980
Fiji 505,048
Montenegro 417,765
Suriname 384,252
Maldives 213,645
Guyana 208,912
Belize 179,039
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 58,185
Dominica 50,830
American Samoa 48,203
Marshall Islands 45,514
Grenada 40,765
Samoa 35,588
St. Lucia 34,280
Tonga 24,145
Nauru 12,581
Tuvalu 7,362
South Africa Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 39,149,717 66.86 2.09%
2018 38,339,668 66.36 2.12%
2017 37,534,797 65.85 2.18%
2016 36,724,030 65.34 2.25%
2015 35,905,874 64.83 2.33%
2014 35,079,618 64.31 2.39%
2013 34,249,974 63.79 2.43%
2012 33,429,132 63.27 2.42%
2011 32,630,538 62.75 2.37%
2010 31,866,171 62.22 2.31%
2009 31,137,754 61.69 2.26%
2008 30,442,138 61.15 2.22%
2007 29,774,433 60.62 2.18%
2006 29,131,012 60.08 2.17%
2005 28,506,195 59.54 2.15%
2004 27,898,739 58.99 2.15%
2003 27,305,501 58.45 2.17%
2002 26,720,456 57.90 2.18%
2001 26,143,328 57.37 2.17%
2000 25,582,579 56.89 2.26%
1999 25,011,815 56.41 2.35%
1998 24,431,488 55.93 2.47%
1997 23,836,117 55.45 2.62%
1996 23,218,617 54.97 2.80%
1995 22,576,687 54.49 3.01%
1994 21,906,214 54.00 3.22%
1993 21,212,379 53.52 3.36%
1992 20,511,177 53.04 3.41%
1991 19,822,817 52.55 3.45%
1990 19,149,881 52.04 3.42%
1989 18,505,772 51.51 3.37%
1988 17,891,635 50.97 3.37%
1987 17,299,431 50.44 3.43%
1986 16,716,155 49.91 3.54%
1985 16,134,214 49.37 3.17%
1984 15,630,401 49.09 3.04%
1983 15,162,766 48.92 3.10%
1982 14,700,152 48.76 3.09%
1981 14,253,248 48.59 3.02%
1980 13,828,615 48.43 2.74%
1979 13,454,231 48.35 2.63%
1978 13,105,135 48.29 2.58%
1977 12,771,480 48.23 2.59%
1976 12,445,371 48.17 2.64%
1975 12,121,153 48.11 2.71%
1974 11,797,250 48.05 2.76%
1973 11,475,657 47.99 2.80%
1972 11,158,594 47.93 2.81%
1971 10,849,639 47.87 2.79%
1970 10,551,339 47.81 2.85%
1969 10,254,488 47.70 2.85%
1968 9,966,367 47.59 2.83%
1967 9,688,363 47.48 2.81%
1966 9,419,473 47.36 2.80%
1965 9,158,950 47.25 2.79%
1964 8,906,585 47.13 2.78%
1963 8,662,570 47.02 2.76%
1962 8,427,003 46.91 2.73%
1961 8,200,255 46.79 2.83%
1960 7,971,774 46.62 %