South Africa - Rural population

Rural population

The value for Rural population in South Africa was 19,439,950 as of 2018. As the graph below shows, over the past 58 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 19,480,490 in 2015 and a minimum value of 9,128,066 in 1960.

Definition: Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects: 2018 Revision.

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Year Value
1960 9,128,066
1961 9,324,278
1962 9,538,722
1963 9,760,591
1964 9,989,722
1965 10,225,890
1966 10,468,780
1967 10,718,500
1968 10,975,780
1969 11,241,590
1970 11,518,440
1971 11,815,630
1972 12,122,910
1973 12,437,440
1974 12,755,290
1975 13,074,030
1976 13,391,520
1977 13,709,430
1978 14,033,830
1979 14,373,090
1980 14,728,150
1981 15,079,860
1982 15,450,300
1983 15,830,990
1984 16,211,190
1985 16,544,660
1986 16,779,800
1987 16,998,300
1988 17,209,270
1989 17,424,280
1990 17,650,630
1991 17,896,130
1992 18,161,430
1993 18,421,370
1994 18,657,840
1995 18,859,070
1996 19,022,390
1997 19,151,340
1998 19,250,770
1999 19,326,730
2000 19,385,130
2001 19,427,950
2002 19,430,460
2003 19,413,700
2004 19,392,870
2005 19,374,410
2006 19,358,450
2007 19,345,330
2008 19,337,330
2009 19,339,260
2010 19,350,790
2011 19,373,630
2012 19,404,870
2013 19,439,260
2014 19,466,370
2015 19,480,490
2016 19,479,620
2017 19,465,650
2018 19,439,950

Rural population (% of total population)

Rural population (% of total population) in South Africa was 33.65 as of 2018. Its highest value over the past 58 years was 53.38 in 1960, while its lowest value was 33.65 in 2018.

Definition: Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population.

Source: World Bank staff estimates based on the United Nations Population Division's World Urbanization Prospects: 2018 Revision.

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Year Value
1960 53.38
1961 53.21
1962 53.09
1963 52.98
1964 52.87
1965 52.75
1966 52.64
1967 52.52
1968 52.41
1969 52.30
1970 52.19
1971 52.13
1972 52.07
1973 52.01
1974 51.95
1975 51.89
1976 51.83
1977 51.77
1978 51.71
1979 51.65
1980 51.58
1981 51.41
1982 51.24
1983 51.08
1984 50.91
1985 50.63
1986 50.10
1987 49.56
1988 49.03
1989 48.50
1990 47.96
1991 47.45
1992 46.96
1993 46.48
1994 46.00
1995 45.51
1996 45.03
1997 44.55
1998 44.07
1999 43.59
2000 43.11
2001 42.63
2002 42.10
2003 41.55
2004 41.01
2005 40.46
2006 39.92
2007 39.38
2008 38.85
2009 38.31
2010 37.78
2011 37.25
2012 36.73
2013 36.21
2014 35.69
2015 35.17
2016 34.66
2017 34.15
2018 33.65

Classification

Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Density & urbanization