List of South African provinces by population

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Since the election of 27 April 1994, South Africa has been divided into nine provinces. They vary widely in population, from the mostly-urban Gauteng, which contains over 20% of the national population, to the mostly-desert Northern Cape, which contains less than 3%. The following table shows the provincial populations according to the 2011 National Census.[1]

Rank Province Population (2011) Percentage Population Estimate (2013)
1 Gauteng 12,272,263 23.7 12,728,400
2 KwaZulu-Natal 10,267,300 19.8 10,456,900
3 Eastern Cape 6,562,053 12.7 6,620,100
4 Western Cape 5,822,734 11.2 6,016,900
5 Limpopo 5,404,868 10.4 5,518,000
6 Mpumalanga 4,039,939 7.8 4,128,000
7 North West 3,509,953 6.8 3,597,600
8 Free State 2,745,590 5.3 2,753,200
9 Northern Cape 1,145,861 2.2 1,162,900
South Africa 51,770,561 100.0 52,982,000

Historical data[edit]

Since the creation of the current provinces in 1994 there have been three censuses, in 1996, 2001 and 2011.

Province Census 1996[2] Percentage Census 2001[2] Percentage Census 2011 Percentage
Gauteng 7,348,423 18.1 8,837,178 19.7 12,272,263 23.7
KwaZulu-Natal 8,417,021 20.7 9,426,017 21.0 10,267,300 19.8
Eastern Cape 6,302,525 15.5 6,436,763 14.4 6,562,053 12.7
Western Cape 3,956,875 9.7 4,524,335 10.1 5,822,734 11.2
Limpopo 4,929,368 12.1 5,273,642 11.8 5,404,868 10.4
Mpumalanga 2,800,711 6.9 3,122,990 7.0 4,039,939 7.8
North West 3,354,825 8.3 3,669,349 8.2 3,509,953 6.8
Free State 2,633,504 6.5 2,706,775 6.0 2,745,590 5.3
Northern Cape 840,321 2.1 822,727 1.8 1,145,861 2.2
South Africa 40,583,573 100.0 44,819,776 100.0 51,770,561 100.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census 2011: Census in brief. Pretoria: Statistics South Africa. 2012. p. 18. ISBN 9780621413885. 
  2. ^ a b Census 2001: Census in brief. Statistics South Africa. 2003. p. 6. ISBN 0-621-34293-9. Retrieved 15 January 2011.