South Africa population 2023

South Africa population 2023
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South Africa population 2023

During 2023 South Africa population is projected to increase by 657,978 people and reach 61,525,521 in the beginning of 2024. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 520,417. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 137,561 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into South Africa (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

South Africa Population clock (live)

61,234,341
Current population
30,340,984
Current male population (49.5%)
30,893,357
Current female population (50.5%)
713,237
Births year to date
1,661
Births today
423,124
Deaths year to date
985
Deaths today
76,685
Net migration year to date
179
Net migration today
366,798
Population growth year to date
854
Population growth today

Population change rates in 2023

According to our estimations, daily change rates of South Africa population in 2023 will be the following:

  • 3,505 live births average per day (146.05 in an hour)
  • 2,080 deaths average per day (86.65 in an hour)
  • 377 immigrants average per day (15.70 in an hour)

The population of South Africa will be increasing by 1,803 persons daily in 2023.

Demographics of South Africa 2022

As of 1 January 2023, the population of South Africa was estimated to be 60,867,543 people. This is an increase of 1.08 % (650,941 people) compared to population of 60,216,602 the year before. In 2022 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 514,852. Due to external migration, the population increased by 136,090. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.982 (982 males per 1,000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1,016 males to 1,000 females as of 2022.

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Below are the key figures for South Africa population in 2022:

  • 1,265,753 live births
  • 750,901 deaths
  • Natural increase: 514,852 people
  • Net migration: 136,090 people
  • 30,159,239 males as of 31 December 2022
  • 30,708,304 females as of 31 December 2022
Year Growth Rate
1952 2.17
1953 2.2
1954 2.23
1955 2.26
1956 2.29
1957 2.33
1958 2.36
1959 2.39
1960 2.42
1961 2.47
1962 2.5
1963 2.53
1964 2.55
1965 2.58
1966 2.59
1967 2.6
1968 2.61
1969 2.64
1970 2.66
1971 2.68
1972 2.7
1973 2.72
1974 2.69
1975 2.65
1976 2.58
1977 2.52
1978 2.49
1979 2.51
1980 2.58
1981 2.67
1982 2.75
1983 2.79
1984 2.76
1985 2.69
1986 2.56
1987 2.45
1988 2.36
1989 2.36
1990 2.39
1991 2.46
1992 2.51
1993 2.51
1994 2.41
1995 2.25
1996 2.04
1997 1.86
1998 1.69
1999 1.56
2000 1.46
2001 1.38
2002 1.31
2003 1.25
2004 1.23
2005 1.24
2006 1.26
2007 1.29
2008 1.32
2009 1.37
2010 1.43
2011 1.5
2012 1.56
2013 1.61
2014 1.61
2015 1.57
2016 1.51
2017 1.46
2018 1.4
2019 1.35
2020 1.3
2021 1.08
2022 1.08
2023 1.08

South Africa population density

South Africa population density is 49.8 people per square kilometer (129.1/mi2) as of July 2023. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of South Africa divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of South Africa. The total area of South Africa is 1,221,037 km2 (471,445 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division

Religion in South Africa

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity 49,721,531 81.2 %
Religiously Unaffiliated 9,123,778 14.9 %
Islam 1,040,968 1.7 %
Hinduism 673,568 1.1 %
Other 244,934 0.4 %
Folk or traditional religions 244,934 0.4 %
Buddhism 122,467 0.2 %
Judaism 61,233 0.1 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters  (Sunday, July 23 2023).

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South Africa age structure

As of the beginning of 2023 according to our estimates South Africa had the following population age distribution:

28.5 65.8 5.7
– percentage of population under 15
– percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
– percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

  • 17,337,511 young people under 15 years old ( 8,693,102 males / 8,644,408 females)
  • 40,069,104 persons between 15 and 64 years old ( 20,230,545 males / 19,838,558 females)
  • 3,460,928 persons above 64 years old ( 1,398,127 males / 2,062,801 females)

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

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65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the South Africa population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section “South Africa age structure” is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division

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Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in South Africa is 51.9 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in South Africa must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in South Africa is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in South Africa is 43.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in South Africa is 8.6 %.

Source: The estimation data for section “South Africa age dependency ratio” is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for South Africa is 49.3 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 50.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 48.4 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 41,052,974 persons or 94.31% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in South Africa are able to read and write. Accordingly about 2,477,057 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 95.51% (20,656,896 persons). 971,776 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 93.13% (20,396,079 persons). 1,505,280 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 98.65% and 99.39% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 99.02%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section “South Africa population literacy” is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016)

South Africa historical population (1951 – 2023)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Year South Africa historical population
1951 13,776,390
1952 14,074,927
1953 14,385,204
1954 14,706,204
1955 15,038,722
1956 15,382,808
1957 15,740,604
1958 16,111,460
1959 16,496,737
1960 16,896,759
1961 17,313,930
1962 17,746,946
1963 18,196,325
1964 18,661,023
1965 19,142,578
1966 19,638,617
1967 20,149,692
1968 20,675,968
1969 21,221,387
1970 21,785,287
1971 22,369,971
1972 22,975,075
1973 23,599,899
1974 24,235,443
1975 24,876,503
1976 25,517,790
1977 26,161,549
1978 26,812,645
1979 27,485,974
1980 28,194,041
1981 28,948,123
1982 29,745,130
1983 30,575,571
1984 31,419,991
1985 32,263,673
1986 33,090,774
1987 33,900,136
1988 34,701,510
1989 35,518,888
1990 36,368,859
1991 37,263,504
1992 38,198,387
1993 39,157,132
1994 40,102,731
1995 41,003,493
1996 41,840,584
1997 42,617,299
1998 43,337,713
1999 44,013,102
2000 44,654,851
2001 45,271,973
2002 45,863,475
2003 46,437,393
2004 47,006,970
2005 47,588,523
2006 48,187,532
2007 48,807,205
2008 49,451,421
2009 50,131,109
2010 50,850,031
2011 51,613,596
2012 52,420,474
2013 53,263,404
2014 54,119,177
2015 54,968,738
2016 55,799,253
2017 56,611,996
2018 57,404,352
2019 58,178,540
2020 58,935,529
2021 59,572,622
2022 60,216,602
2023 60,867,543

South Africa population history

Year Population Growth Rate
1951 13,776,390 N/A %
1952 14,074,927 2.17 %
1953 14,385,204 2.20 %
1954 14,706,204 2.23 %
1955 15,038,722 2.26 %
1956 15,382,808 2.29 %
1957 15,740,604 2.33 %
1958 16,111,460 2.36 %
1959 16,496,737 2.39 %
1960 16,896,759 2.42 %
1961 17,313,930 2.47 %
1962 17,746,946 2.50 %
1963 18,196,325 2.53 %
1964 18,661,023 2.55 %
1965 19,142,578 2.58 %
1966 19,638,617 2.59 %
1967 20,149,692 2.60 %
1968 20,675,968 2.61 %
1969 21,221,387 2.64 %
1970 21,785,287 2.66 %
1971 22,369,971 2.68 %
1972 22,975,075 2.70 %
1973 23,599,899 2.72 %
1974 24,235,443 2.69 %
1975 24,876,503 2.65 %
1976 25,517,790 2.58 %
1977 26,161,549 2.52 %
1978 26,812,645 2.49 %
1979 27,485,974 2.51 %
1980 28,194,041 2.58 %
1981 28,948,123 2.67 %
1982 29,745,130 2.75 %
1983 30,575,571 2.79 %
1984 31,419,991 2.76 %
1985 32,263,673 2.69 %
1986 33,090,774 2.56 %
1987 33,900,136 2.45 %
1988 34,701,510 2.36 %
1989 35,518,888 2.36 %
1990 36,368,859 2.39 %
1991 37,263,504 2.46 %
1992 38,198,387 2.51 %
1993 39,157,132 2.51 %
1994 40,102,731 2.41 %
1995 41,003,493 2.25 %
1996 41,840,584 2.04 %
1997 42,617,299 1.86 %
1998 43,337,713 1.69 %
1999 44,013,102 1.56 %
2000 44,654,851 1.46 %
2001 45,271,973 1.38 %
2002 45,863,475 1.31 %
2003 46,437,393 1.25 %
2004 47,006,970 1.23 %
2005 47,588,523 1.24 %
2006 48,187,532 1.26 %
2007 48,807,205 1.29 %
2008 49,451,421 1.32 %
2009 50,131,109 1.37 %
2010 50,850,031 1.43 %
2011 51,613,596 1.50 %
2012 52,420,474 1.56 %
2013 53,263,404 1.61 %
2014 54,119,177 1.61 %
2015 54,968,738 1.57 %
2016 55,799,253 1.51 %
2017 56,611,996 1.46 %
2018 57,404,352 1.40 %
2019 58,178,540 1.35 %
2020 58,935,529 1.30 %
2021 59,572,622 1.08 %
2022 60,216,602 1.08 %
2023 60,867,543 1.08 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

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