Total population of South Africa 2018, by province

As of 2018, South Africa's population increased and counted approximately 57.4 million inhabitants in total, of which the majority inhabits Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Western-Eastern Cape. Gauteng (includes Johannesburg) is the smallest province of South Africa, though highly urbanized with a population of nearly 15 million people according to the estimates. Region Kwazulu-Natal had roughly 11.2 million inhabitants, whereas Western and Eastern Cape counted 13.1 million people.

Total population of South Africa in 2018, by province

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Release date

May 2019


South Africa

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Supplementary notes

The source mentioned that, for the period from 2002 to 2018, the data is based on mid-year population estimates produced for 2018 using the 2017 series mid-year population estimates. General Household Survey (GHS) 2017 data as well as historical data files (2002–2016) were re-calibrated to this series with the release of the GHS 2017 in June 2018 in order to maintain comparability over time.

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