List of South African provinces by population density

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Since the election of 27 April 1994, South Africa has been divided into nine provinces. They vary widely in population density, from the highly urbanized Gauteng with nearly 700 people per square kilometre, to the mostly-desert Northern Cape with less than four people per square kilometre. The following table shows the provincial population density according to the 2011 National Census.[1]

Rank Province Population (2011) Area (km²) Density (per km²)
1 Gauteng 12,272,263 18,178 675.1
2 KwaZulu-Natal 10,267,300 94,361 108.8
3 Mpumalanga 4,039,939 76,495 52.8
4 Western Cape 5,822,734 129,462 45.0
5 Limpopo 5,404,868 125,755 43.0
6 Eastern Cape 6,562,053 168,966 38.8
7 North West 3,509,953 104,882 33.5
8 Free State 2,745,590 129,825 21.1
9 Northern Cape 1,145,861 372,889 3.1
South Africa 51,770,561 1,220,813 42.4

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] Census 2001[2] Census 2011
Gauteng 432.0 519.5 675.1
KwaZulu-Natal 91.4 102.3 108.8
Mpumalanga 35.2 39.3 52.8
Western Cape 30.6 35.0 45.0
Limpopo 39.8 42.6 43.0
Eastern Cape 37.2 38.0 38.8
North West 28.8 31.5 33.5
Free State 20.3 20.9 21.1
Northern Cape 2.3 2.3 3.1
South Africa 33.3 36.8 42.4

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. pp. 2–6. ISBN 0-621-34293-9. Retrieved 15 January 2011.