South Africa Population Density 1950-2022

Chart and table of South Africa population density from 1950 to 2022. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population density of South Africa in 2022 is 49.13 people per square kilometer, a 0.84% increase from 2021.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2021 was 48.72 people per square kilometer, a 1% increase from 2020.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2020 was 48.23 people per square kilometer, a 1.23% increase from 2019.
  • The population density of South Africa in 2019 was 47.65 people per square kilometer, a 1.3% increase from 2018.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Similar Countries Ranked by Population Density
Country Name 2022 Population Density
Maldives 1,745.96
Mauritius 636.99
Nauru 633.40
Lebanon 525.33
Tuvalu 377.07
Grenada 368.94
Jamaica 257.27
Marshall Islands 230.94
Dominican Republic 230.71
American Samoa 221.37
Guatemala 163.87
China 148.53
Tonga 142.48
Thailand 139.73
Jordan 126.35
Azerbaijan 119.61
Malaysia 102.74
Iraq 102.28
Cuba 102.04
Costa Rica 101.39
Albania 98.86
Dominica 96.98
Armenia 93.49
Romania 82.46
Serbia 81.73
North Macedonia 81.43
Samoa 78.30
Ecuador 70.21
Mexico 64.91
Bulgaria 61.10
Equatorial Guinea 59.71
Fiji 50.89
Iran 50.74
South Africa 49.13
Belarus 45.93
Colombia 45.43
Montenegro 45.41
Venezuela 31.03
Peru 26.49
Brazil 25.28
Algeria 18.85
Belize 17.64
Paraguay 16.67
Turkmenistan 13.18
Gabon 8.93
Russia 8.46
Kazakhstan 7.12
Botswana 4.52
Libya 3.87
Suriname 3.77
Guyana 3.76
Namibia 3.11
South Africa - Historical Population Density Data
Year Population Density Growth Rate
2022 49.13 0.84%
2021 48.72 1.00%
2020 48.23 1.23%
2019 47.65 1.30%
2018 47.03 1.23%
2017 46.46 0.39%
2016 46.28 0.98%
2015 45.83 2.10%
2014 44.89 1.59%
2013 44.19 1.37%
2012 43.59 1.34%
2011 43.02 1.27%
2010 42.48 1.20%
2009 41.97 1.20%
2008 41.48 1.14%
2007 41.01 1.02%
2006 40.60 0.97%
2005 40.21 0.95%
2004 39.83 0.94%
2003 39.46 0.93%
2002 39.10 0.91%
2001 38.74 0.89%
2000 38.40 0.97%
1999 38.03 1.12%
1998 37.61 1.25%
1997 37.15 1.40%
1996 36.64 1.54%
1995 36.08 1.66%
1994 35.49 1.75%
1993 34.88 1.83%
1992 34.26 2.08%
1991 33.56 2.59%
1990 32.71 3.13%
1989 31.72 3.41%
1988 30.67 3.53%
1987 29.63 3.56%
1986 28.61 3.33%
1985 27.69 3.01%
1984 26.88 2.83%
1983 26.14 2.72%
1982 25.45 2.61%
1981 24.80 2.61%
1980 24.17 2.67%
1979 23.54 2.70%
1978 22.92 2.73%
1977 22.31 2.72%
1976 21.72 2.72%
1975 21.15 2.80%
1974 20.57 2.85%
1973 20.00 2.89%
1972 19.44 2.90%
1971 18.89 2.96%
1970 18.35 3.06%
1969 17.80 3.11%
1968 17.27 3.13%
1967 16.74 3.14%
1966 16.23 3.14%
1965 15.74 3.14%
1964 15.26 3.11%
1963 14.80 3.08%
1962 14.36 3.02%
1961 13.94 2.84%
1960 13.55 2.63%
1959 13.20 2.52%
1958 12.88 2.49%
1957 12.57 2.48%
1956 12.26 2.43%
1955 11.97 2.37%
1954 11.69 2.32%
1953 11.43 2.28%
1952 11.17 2.24%
1951 10.93 2.16%
1950 10.70 0.00%