South Africa Urban Population 1960-2022

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 2021 was 40,736,693, a 1.98% increase from 2020.
  • South Africa urban population for 2020 was 39,946,775, a 2.04% increase from 2019.
  • South Africa urban population for 2019 was 39,149,715, a 2.09% increase from 2018.
  • South Africa urban population for 2018 was 38,348,227, a 2.15% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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South Africa 40,736,693
Thailand 36,488,459
Algeria 33,132,753
Iraq 29,286,343
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Lebanon 6,030,840
Azerbaijan 5,760,046
Libya 5,635,998
Bulgaria 5,245,060
Paraguay 4,511,987
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Serbia 3,877,239
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Gabon 2,060,586
Armenia 1,882,713
Albania 1,770,478
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Jamaica 1,684,526
Bosnia 1,612,965
Namibia 1,371,422
North Macedonia 1,213,985
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Fiji 521,334
Mauritius 516,236
Montenegro 420,639
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Dominica 51,527
American Samoa 48,033
Marshall Islands 46,599
Grenada 41,470
Samoa 35,510
St. Lucia 34,926
Tonga 24,666
Nauru 10,873
Tuvalu 7,726
South Africa Urban Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 40,736,693 67.85 1.96%
2020 39,946,775 67.35 2.02%
2019 39,149,715 66.86 2.07%
2018 38,348,227 66.36 2.13%
2017 37,540,921 65.85 2.19%
2016 36,726,640 65.34 2.26%
2015 35,905,875 64.83 2.33%
2014 35,078,456 64.31 2.39%
2013 34,248,628 63.79 2.42%
2012 33,428,280 63.27 2.42%
2011 32,630,279 62.75 2.37%
2010 31,866,173 62.22 2.31%
2009 31,137,755 61.69 2.26%
2008 30,442,138 61.15 2.22%
2007 29,774,437 60.62 2.18%
2006 29,131,015 60.08 2.17%
2005 28,506,191 59.54 2.15%
2004 27,898,739 58.99 2.15%
2003 27,305,505 58.45 2.17%
2002 26,720,456 57.90 2.18%
2001 26,143,327 57.37 2.17%
2000 25,582,582 56.89 2.26%
1999 25,011,820 56.41 2.35%
1998 24,431,487 55.93 2.47%
1997 23,836,114 55.45 2.62%
1996 23,218,614 54.97 2.80%
1995 22,576,689 54.49 3.01%
1994 21,906,216 54.00 3.22%
1993 21,212,381 53.52 3.36%
1992 20,511,179 53.04 3.41%
1991 19,822,818 52.55 3.45%
1990 19,149,880 52.04 3.42%
1989 18,505,775 51.51 3.38%
1988 17,891,633 50.97 3.37%
1987 17,299,431 50.44 3.43%
1986 16,716,157 49.91 3.54%
1985 16,134,215 49.37 3.17%
1984 15,630,399 49.09 3.04%
1983 15,162,768 48.92 3.10%
1982 14,700,152 48.76 3.09%
1981 14,253,244 48.59 3.02%
1980 13,828,616 48.43 2.74%
1979 13,454,233 48.35 2.63%
1978 13,105,135 48.29 2.58%
1977 12,771,480 48.23 2.59%
1976 12,445,372 48.17 2.64%
1975 12,121,151 48.11 2.71%
1974 11,797,250 48.05 2.76%
1973 11,475,653 47.99 2.80%
1972 11,158,598 47.93 2.81%
1971 10,849,636 47.87 2.79%
1970 10,551,343 47.81 2.85%
1969 10,254,488 47.70 2.85%
1968 9,966,368 47.59 2.83%
1967 9,688,362 47.48 2.81%
1966 9,419,477 47.36 2.80%
1965 9,158,948 47.25 2.79%
1964 8,906,583 47.13 2.78%
1963 8,662,568 47.02 2.76%
1962 8,427,007 46.91 2.73%
1961 8,200,255 46.79 2.83%
1960 7,971,773 46.62 %