South Africa Rural Population 1960-2022

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 2021 was 19,305,303, a 0.29% decline from 2020.
  • South Africa rural population for 2020 was 19,361,915, a 0.24% decline from 2019.
  • South Africa rural population for 2019 was 19,408,552, a 0.18% decline from 2018.
  • South Africa rural population for 2018 was 19,444,293, a 0.13% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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China 529,465,517
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Thailand 33,462,385
Brazil 27,140,788
Mexico 24,728,980
Iran 20,113,553
Turkey 19,926,363
South Africa 19,305,303
Iraq 11,893,008
Algeria 11,483,873
Colombia 9,361,143
Romania 8,730,078
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Paraguay 2,707,654
Cuba 2,569,977
Belarus 1,876,469
Dominican Republic 1,838,800
Bulgaria 1,654,065
Bosnia 1,650,494
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Jamaica 1,288,936
Namibia 1,215,922
Armenia 1,085,415
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Costa Rica 954,579
Jordan 859,928
North Macedonia 851,107
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Equatorial Guinea 383,337
Fiji 381,565
Maldives 320,181
Gabon 218,243
Belize 217,840
Suriname 199,915
Montenegro 199,534
Samoa 164,634
St. Lucia 149,475
Tonga 82,093
Grenada 71,545
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 51,793
Dominica 20,645
Marshall Islands 13,019
American Samoa 7,070
Tuvalu 4,199
Nauru 0
South Africa Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 19,305,303 32.15 -0.29%
2020 19,361,915 32.65 -0.24%
2019 19,408,552 33.14 -0.18%
2018 19,444,293 33.65 -0.13%
2017 19,468,830 34.15 -0.06%
2016 19,481,009 34.66 0.00%
2015 19,480,494 35.17 0.08%
2014 19,465,728 35.69 0.14%
2013 19,438,497 36.21 0.18%
2012 19,404,379 36.73 0.16%
2011 19,373,480 37.25 0.12%
2010 19,350,794 37.78 0.06%
2009 19,339,258 38.31 0.01%
2008 19,337,334 38.85 -0.04%
2007 19,345,329 39.38 -0.07%
2006 19,358,449 39.92 -0.08%
2005 19,374,404 40.46 -0.10%
2004 19,392,871 41.01 -0.11%
2003 19,413,698 41.55 -0.09%
2002 19,430,457 42.10 0.01%
2001 19,427,945 42.63 0.22%
2000 19,385,131 43.11 0.30%
1999 19,326,731 43.59 0.39%
1998 19,250,772 44.07 0.52%
1997 19,151,342 44.55 0.68%
1996 19,022,393 45.03 0.86%
1995 18,859,072 45.51 1.07%
1994 18,657,845 46.00 1.28%
1993 18,421,373 46.48 1.42%
1992 18,161,432 46.96 1.47%
1991 17,896,134 47.45 1.38%
1990 17,650,627 47.96 1.29%
1989 17,424,281 48.50 1.24%
1988 17,209,272 49.03 1.23%
1987 16,998,296 49.56 1.29%
1986 16,779,799 50.10 1.41%
1985 16,544,661 50.63 2.04%
1984 16,211,189 50.91 2.37%
1983 15,830,994 51.08 2.43%
1982 15,450,296 51.24 2.43%
1981 15,079,851 51.41 2.36%
1980 14,728,155 51.58 2.44%
1979 14,373,092 51.65 2.39%
1978 14,033,831 51.71 2.34%
1977 13,709,435 51.77 2.35%
1976 13,391,518 51.83 2.40%
1975 13,074,033 51.89 2.47%
1974 12,755,290 51.95 2.52%
1973 12,437,437 52.01 2.56%
1972 12,122,919 52.07 2.57%
1971 11,815,629 52.13 2.55%
1970 11,518,440 52.19 2.43%
1969 11,241,587 52.30 2.39%
1968 10,975,779 52.41 2.37%
1967 10,718,501 52.52 2.36%
1966 10,468,782 52.64 2.35%
1965 10,225,890 52.75 2.34%
1964 9,989,720 52.87 2.32%
1963 9,760,589 52.98 2.30%
1962 9,538,726 53.09 2.27%
1961 9,324,278 53.21 2.13%
1960 9,128,063 53.38 %