South Africa Population Counter

The population of South Africa is ever growing, and the number is constantly being updated.

On this page you will find an active counter showing the currently accepted population count, and links to relevant information about the subject.

The population of South Africa surpassed 59 million people in 2021.

South Africa Population – updated

This counter shows the currently accepted UN population count of South Africa.


South Africa (2021)

The general population growth of South Africa

The population growth of South Africa is around 1-2%, shown in this graph:

Population growth of South Africa (World Bank)

Population counts for South Africa – links

Some of the most reliable sources for population count in South Africa are the following:

How are populations counted?

It’s important to count the population of a country so that the society can provide good levels of service for schools, healthcare, transportation and more. Typically, the population count is determined by municipality or country region, then comprised. This is called a census.

But a census can be quite costly, and a growing number of people are reluctant to participate in manual counting in modern days. In order address these problems, most industrialized countries have developed several new and less expensive methods based on existing data obtained from different surveys and population registers. 

Methods to count populations for a country vary, but counting will almost always involve some level of estimation or calculation. Very few countries have a complete register of every person living in the nation.

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