South Africa Population 1950-2022

Chart and table of South Africa population from 1950 to 2022. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Africa in 2022 is 60,756,135, a 1.19% increase from 2021.
  • The population of South Africa in 2021 was 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.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Thailand 70,078,203
South Africa 60,756,135
Colombia 51,512,762
Algeria 45,350,148
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Jordan 10,300,869
Azerbaijan 10,300,205
Belarus 9,432,800
Serbia 8,653,016
Paraguay 7,305,843
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Lebanon 6,684,849
Turkmenistan 6,201,943
Costa Rica 5,182,354
Jamaica 2,985,094
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Albania 2,866,374
Namibia 2,633,874
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Equatorial Guinea 1,496,662
Mauritius 1,274,727
Fiji 909,466
Guyana 794,045
Montenegro 627,950
Suriname 596,831
Maldives 540,985
Belize 412,190
Samoa 202,239
Grenada 113,475
Tonga 107,749
Dominica 72,344
Marshall Islands 60,057
American Samoa 55,030
Tuvalu 12,066
Nauru 10,903
South Africa - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2022 60,756,135 1.19%
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%