The latest Census results show that the South African population grew to 62 million in 2022, Stats SA announced the new population figures on Tuesday.
The population of South Africa grew by 19,8 percentage points between 2011 and 2022. From 51,7 million persons in 2011 to 62 million persons in 2022. This is the largest percentage change in population size since 1996.
The Black African population group constitutes the largest proportion of the South African population at 81,4%. They are followed by coloureds (8,2%), white (7,3%) and Indian/Asian (2,7%). 48,5% of the population is male and 51,5% is female.
Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke handed over the results to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
CENSUS RESULTS SHOW GROWTH IN SOUTH AFRICAN POPULATION
Gauteng remains the most popular province with 15 million while the Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated with only 1.3-million people.
More than half of the country’s people [56%] live in three provinces: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
Western Cape is now the third most populous province, up from fifth place in 2011.
Meanwhile, Limpopo is ranked fifth with 6 572 666 people, this is from 5 404 868 in 2011.
Numbers per District
Capricorn – 1447103
Mopani – 1372873
Waterberg – 762862
LIMPOPO KEY STATS
Young children (0-14 years) 31,6%
Working age population (15-64 years) 61,4%
Elderly (65+ years) 6,9%
No schooling (20+ years) 14,1%
Higher education (20+ years) 9,9%
Number of households 1 811 565
Normal dwellings 94,7%
Flush toilets connected to sewerage 35,2%
Weekly refuse disposal service 32,0%
Access to piped water in the dwelling 31,4%
Electricity for lighting 95,5%