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South Africa Population 2023

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the population of South Africa in 2022 is 59,893,886 (60 million or 6 crores)

Estimated Population of South Africa in 2023: 60.4 million or 6.04 Crores

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South Africa Demographics
 South Africa2022 Population
Total Population59,893,886 
Global Rank24th 
Share of World Pop.0.76 %
Land Area 1,214,470 sq. km (468,910 sq. mi)
Area Rank24th
Pop. Density49 persons/sq.km
Growth Rate0.86%
Fertility Rate*2.41 
Infant mortality rate**23.6
Median Age 27.6  years
Life Expectancy 64.88  years
Urban Population66.7 

Religion in South Africa

Christianity is the largest religion in South Africa and Its followed by 77.9% of the population. Traditional African religion accounts for 4.4% of the population. Non-Christian faiths account for 6.8%, and the remaining 10.90% are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.”

Other religion includes Muslims (1.60%), Hindus (1%), Jewish, Sikhs, and other smaller faiths.

Religion percentage in South Africa

Christians 77.9%
No religion / Unaffiliated10.90%
Traditional African religion 4.40%
Muslim 1.60%
Hindu 1.00%
Jewish 0.10%
Other religions 2.70%
Undetermined 1.40%

Christianity in South Africa

The majority of Christians in South Africa are members of various Protestant denominations followed by Roman Catholics and other smaller Christians. Christian category includes African Independent Church (including Zion Churches) at 25.40%, Pentecostal (15.2%), Roman Catholic (6.8%), Methodist (5%), Dutch Reformed (4.2%), and Anglican (3.2%)

Christin affiliationsPercentage
African Independent Church 25.40%
Pentecostal 15.20%
Roman Catholic 6.80%
Methodist 5.00%
Reformed 4.20%
Anglican 3.20%
Other Protestant Churches 5.30%
Other Christian denominations 8.40%
Non-denominational Christian 4.50%

Source: Community Survey 2016

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Top Cities in South Africa by Population
2Cape TownWestern Cape40,04,793
5Port ElizabethEastern Cape12,63,051
8East London, Eastern CapeEastern Cape8,10,528
9BloemfonteinFree State7,59,693

source: Census 2018

Indian Population in South Africa

Indian South Africans make around 2.5% of the South Africa population & approx population of Indians in South Africa as of 2021 is 15 Lakhs. The majority live in and around the city of Durban, making it one of the largest “Indian” populated cities outside of India.

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Source: United Nation World  Populations Prospects 

*Fertility rate, the average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

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