Porterville, Western Cape

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Porterville
A collection of images from Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa.  Top left: main church. Top right: A 'China Shop' located in the town. Left center: Historic town house on the main street.  Bottom: A view of the town's main road.
A collection of images from Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa. Top left: main church. Top right: A 'China Shop' located in the town. Left center: Historic town house on the main street. Bottom: A view of the town's main road.
Porterville is located in South Africa
Porterville
Porterville
 Porterville shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°00′S 18°59′E / 33.000°S 18.983°E / -33.000; 18.983Coordinates: 33°00′S 18°59′E / 33.000°S 18.983°E / -33.000; 18.983
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Bergrivier
Established 1863
Area[1]
 • Total 7.98 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,057
 • Density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 1.6%
 • Coloured 76.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 21.0%
 • Other 0.6%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 96.0%
 • English 1.9%
 • Other 2.1%
Postal code (street) 6810, 6811, 6812
PO box 6810
Area code 022

Porterville is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa.

Town at the foot of the Olifants River Mountains, 27 km south-east of Piketberg and 155 km north-east of Cape Town. It was laid out in 1863 on the farm Pomona, previously Willems Vallei, and became a municipality in 1903. It is situated 140 km north of Cape Town on R44 road at the base of the Olifants River mountains. Agriculture in the area is dominated by wheat production.

The town was established in 1863 and named after William Porter, Attorney General of the Cape Colony from 1839 to 1866.[2]


Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
2001 5,864 —    
2011 7,057 +20.3%
[3][1]

According to the 2011 census, Porterville had a population of 7,057 people in 1,949 households. 96.0% of the residents speak Afrikaans as their first language, while 1.9% speak English and 2.1% speak some other language. 76.4% of residents identified themselves as "Coloured", 21.0% as "White" and 1.6% as "Black African".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Main Place Porterville". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 372. 
  3. ^ [1], Census 2001 — Main Place "Porterville"