The total population in South Africa was estimated at 58.8 million people in 2019, according to the latest census figures.

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 May of 2020. source: Statistics South Africa

Population in South Africa is expected to reach 59.83 Million by the end of 2020, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the South Africa Population is projected to trend around 60.88 Million in 2021 and 61.93 Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Population

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
58.80 58.78 58.80 17.46 1960 - 2019 Million Yearly

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 29.10 29.10 30.40 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10213000.00 10142000.00 10213000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6700.00 6700.00 6700.00 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.80 59.90 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 160.50 161.10 161.10 1.00 points [+]
Wages 22500.00 21966.00 22500.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19377.00 19122.00 19377.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 58.80 58.78 58.80 17.46 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 60.00 60.00 65.00 60.00 [+]
Living Wage Family 11300.00 10700.00 11300.00 10700.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 6570.00 6140.00 6570.00 6140.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 20.76 20.00 20.76 20.00 ZAR/Hour [+]
Wages Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 58.10 58.20 58.20 48.80 percent [+]
Wages High Skilled 22600.00 20300.00 22600.00 19000.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Employment Rate 42.40 42.40 46.17 41.00 percent [+]


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.