The total population in South Africa was estimated at 59.3 million people in 2020, according to the latest census figures and projections from Trading Economics. source: Statistics South Africa

Looking back, in the year of 1960, South Africa had a population of 17.5 million people. This page provides - South Africa Population - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Population - values, historical data and charts - was last updated on October of 2021.

Population in South Africa is expected to reach 60.88 Million by the end of 2021, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the South Africa Population is projected to trend around 61.93 Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Population


South Africa Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Unemployment Rate 34.40 percent Jun/21 32.60 34.40 21.50
Unemployed Persons 7800.00 Thousand Jun/21 7200.00 7800.00 3873.00
Employed Persons 14941.57 Jun/21 14995.34 16528.70 11666.00
Labor Force Participation Rate 57.50 percent Jun/21 56.40 60.80 47.30
Wages 23526.00 ZAR/Month Jun/21 23122.00 23526.00 6742.00
Wages in Manufacturing 20136.00 ZAR/Month Jun/21 19552.00 20136.00 6250.00
Population 59.30 Million Dec/20 58.80 59.30 17.46
Youth Unemployment Rate 64.40 percent Jun/21 63.30 64.40 48.80
Employment Rate 37.70 percent Jun/21 38.01 46.17 36.26


South Africa Population
The population of South Africa represents 0.73 percent of the world´s total population which arguably means that one person in every 138 people on the planet is a resident of South Africa.