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 Statistics South Africa Census.[1]

Rank Province Population Area (km²) Density (per km²)
1 Gauteng 15,810,388 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 18,178.0 Edit this at Wikidata 870 Edit this at Wikidata
2 KwaZulu-Natal 11,513,575 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 94,361.0 Edit this at Wikidata 122 Edit this at Wikidata
3 Mpumalanga 4,743,584 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 76,495.0 Edit this at Wikidata 62.0 Edit this at Wikidata
4 Western Cape 7,113,776 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 129,462.0 Edit this at Wikidata 54.9 Edit this at Wikidata
5 Limpopo 5,404,868 (census, 2011) Edit this on Wikidata 125,754.0 Edit this at Wikidata 43.0 Edit this at Wikidata
6 Eastern Cape 6,676,590 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 168,966.0 Edit this at Wikidata 39.5 Edit this at Wikidata
7 North West 3,509,953 (census, 2011) Edit this on Wikidata 104,882 Edit this at Wikidata 33.5 Edit this at Wikidata
8 Free State 2,932,441 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 129,825.0 Edit this at Wikidata 22.6 Edit this at Wikidata
9 Northern Cape 1,303,047 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 372,889.0 Edit this at Wikidata 3.49 Edit this at Wikidata
South Africa 60,142,978 (est, 2021) Edit this on Wikidata 1,221,037 Edit this at Wikidata 49.3 Edit this at Wikidata

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. ^ Africa, Statistics South. "Statistics South Africa". Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Census 2001: Census in brief (PDF). Statistics South Africa. 2003. pp. 2–6. ISBN 0-621-34293-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 May 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2011.