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South Africa - Total population

56,717,156 (persons) in 2017

In 2017, population for South Africa was 56.7 million persons. Population of South Africa increased from 21.6 million persons in 1968 to 56.7 million persons in 2017 growing at an average annual rate of 1.99 %.

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What is population?

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.

What is South Africa population?

Date Value Change, %
2017 56,717,156 1.25 %
2016 56,015,473 1.31 %
2015 55,291,225 1.38 %
2014 54,539,571 1.44 %
2013 53,767,396 1.45 %
2012 52,998,213 1.41 %
2011 52,263,516 1.32 %
2010 51,584,663 1.20 %
2009 50,970,818 1.11 %
2008 50,412,129 1.05 %
2007 49,887,181 1.06 %
2006 49,364,582