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South Africa - Total population

55,714,000
(persons)
in 2016

Population of South Africa increased from 48.6 million persons in 2007 to 55.7 million persons in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 1.53 %.

Total population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. The values shown are midyear estimates.

Date Value Change, %
2016 55,714,000 1.38 %
2015 54,956,920 1.66 %
2014 54,058,647 1.63 %
2013 53,192,216 1.60 %
2012 52,356,381 1.56 %
2011 51,549,958 1.53 %
2010 50,771,826 1.50 %
2009 50,020,918 1.47 %
2008 49,296,223 1.44 %
2007 48,596,781 1.41 %
2006 47,921,682 1.38 %
2005 47,270,063