South Africa Rural Population 1960-2024

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 2022 was 18,965,399, a 0.69% decline from 2021.
  • South Africa rural population for 2021 was 19,096,392, a 0.52% decline from 2020.
  • South Africa rural population for 2020 was 19,196,477, a 0.29% decline from 2019.
  • South Africa rural population for 2019 was 19,252,374, a 0.2% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Brazil 26,795,765
Mexico 23,843,271
Iran 20,537,534
Turkey 19,609,710
South Africa 18,965,399
Iraq 12,746,359
Algeria 11,328,186
Colombia 9,311,387
Romania 8,627,368
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Paraguay 2,521,216
Dominican Republic 1,813,679
Belarus 1,811,720
Bosnia 1,621,904
Bulgaria 1,528,155
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Jamaica 1,215,546
Namibia 1,181,955
Armenia 1,012,841
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Costa Rica 930,373
Jordan 922,394
North Macedonia 841,220
Mauritius 747,287
Botswana 730,591
Guyana 590,192
Lebanon 589,488
Equatorial Guinea 435,309
Fiji 388,373
Maldives 306,227
Gabon 221,340
Belize 217,242
Suriname 208,236
Montenegro 196,160
Samoa 183,207
St. Lucia 145,594
Tonga 82,147
Grenada 79,192
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 47,946
Dominica 20,585
Marshall Islands 8,929
American Samoa 5,669
Tuvalu 3,900
Nauru 0
South Africa Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2022 18,965,399 31.67 -0.69%
2021 19,096,392 32.15 -0.52%
2020 19,196,477 32.65 -0.29%
2019 19,252,374 33.14 -0.21%
2018 19,291,920 33.65 -0.26%
2017 19,342,973 34.15 -1.09%
2016 19,555,396 34.66 -0.50%
2015 19,652,884 35.17 0.62%
2014 19,531,882 35.69 0.13%
2013 19,506,020 36.21 -0.07%
2012 19,519,108 36.73 -0.09%
2011 19,537,236 37.25 -0.14%
2010 19,565,379 37.78 -0.20%
2009 19,605,061 38.31 -0.19%
2008 19,642,795 38.85 -0.24%
2007 19,690,462 39.38 -0.35%
2006 19,758,594 39.92 -0.38%
2005 19,834,298 40.46 -0.39%
2004 19,911,388 41.01 -0.39%
2003 19,989,156 41.55 -0.39%
2002 20,066,451 42.10 -0.34%
2001 20,134,972 42.63 -0.23%
2000 20,180,731 43.11 -0.14%
1999 20,209,901 43.59 0.01%
1998 20,207,050 44.07 0.16%
1997 20,174,942 44.55 0.31%
1996 20,112,460 45.03 0.46%
1995 20,019,826 45.51 0.59%
1994 19,901,541 46.00 0.69%
1993 19,765,399 46.48 0.78%
1992 19,611,686 46.96 1.03%
1991 19,410,614 47.45 1.47%
1990 19,126,479 47.96 1.98%
1989 18,752,378 48.50 2.26%
1988 18,333,458 49.03 2.39%
1987 17,901,103 49.56 2.43%
1986 17,472,051 50.10 2.22%
1985 17,088,451 50.63 2.40%
1984 16,682,950 50.91 2.47%
1983 16,276,095 51.08 2.36%
1982 15,897,127 51.24 2.26%
1981 15,542,257 51.41 2.25%
1980 15,195,825 51.58 2.49%
1979 14,822,295 51.65 2.54%
1978 14,449,835 51.71 2.58%
1977 14,081,628 51.77 2.57%
1976 13,725,004 51.83 2.57%
1975 13,376,443 51.89 2.64%
1974 13,027,761 51.95 2.69%
1973 12,681,589 52.01 2.73%
1972 12,340,050 52.07 2.74%
1971 12,006,521 52.13 2.81%
1970 11,674,243 52.19 2.81%
1969 11,350,436 52.30 2.84%
1968 11,032,588 52.41 2.87%
1967 10,720,504 52.52 2.87%
1966 10,416,940 52.64 2.88%
1965 10,121,629 52.75 2.88%
1964 9,834,713 52.87 2.85%
1963 9,558,766 52.98 2.82%
1962 9,293,113 53.09 2.77%
1961 9,039,584 53.21 2.47%
1960 8,818,777 53.38 %