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. source: Statistics South Africa

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

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South Africa Population

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
58.78 57.73 58.78 17.46 1960 - 2019 Million Yearly


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.

South Africa Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 29.10 29.00 30.40 21.50 percent [+]
Employed Persons 10142000.00 10172000.00 10174000.00 3694977.00 [+]
Unemployed Persons 6733.71 6655.00 6733.71 3873.00 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 59.90 59.80 60.80 53.60 percent [+]
Labour Costs 161.10 157.00 161.10 1.00 points [+]
Wages 21966.00 21432.00 21966.00 6742.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 19122.00 18798.00 19122.00 6250.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Population 58.78 57.73 58.78 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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 22600.00 20300.00 22600.00 19000.00 ZAR/Month [+]
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 [+]
Wages Low Skilled 4380.00 3960.00 4380.00 3840.00 ZAR/Month [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 58.20 56.40 58.20 48.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 42.40 42.44 46.17 41.00 percent [+]