๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Population of Southern Africa

69,963,878
Current Population of Southern Africa
791,219
Net population growth this year
26.32
Population Density (people/kmยฒ)

As of July 1, 2024 the population of Southern Africa reached 69,963,878, of which 34,160,147 people are male and 35,803,730 female. The country has a population density of 26.3165 people per square kilometer. With an overall population growth rate of 1.131% for the year. According to the latest data, Southern Africa is set to increase its population size by 791,219 people next year. Making the total population count of Southern Africa 69,963,878 people by 2024.

Historic Population of Southern Africa (1950 - 2024)

Between 1950 and 2024 the population of Southern Africa grown from 14,823,211 people to 69,963,878. An increase of the population size by 371.99% in 73 years.

Year Total Male Female People +/- Density (p/kmยฒ) Growth Rate
1950 14,823,211 7,599,215 7,223,996 304,482 5.5757 2.054%
1951 15,137,338 7,758,703 7,378,635 323,772 5.6938 2.139%
1952 15,469,696 7,927,016 7,542,681 340,945 5.8188 2.204%
1953 15,815,936 8,102,650 7,713,286 351,534 5.9491 2.223%
1954 16,175,557 8,284,180 7,891,377 367,708 6.0843 2.273%
1955 16,551,876 8,471,912 8,079,965 384,931 6.2259 2.326%
1956 16,945,969 8,666,894 8,279,075 403,255 6.3741 2.38%
1957 17,359,803 8,870,350 8,489,453 424,411 6.5298 2.445%
1958 17,786,927 9,080,668 8,706,259 429,838 6.6904 2.417%
1959 18,231,214 9,297,608 8,933,606 458,736 6.8576 2.516%
1960 18,706,390 9,524,443 9,181,946 491,615 7.0363 2.628%
1961 19,229,158 9,772,906 9,456,252 553,922 7.2329 2.881%
1962 19,799,121 10,044,808 9,754,314 586,004 7.4473 2.96%
1963 20,397,279 10,329,978 10,067,302 610,312 7.6723 2.992%
1964 21,020,171 10,627,204 10,392,966 635,472 7.9066 3.023%
1965 21,664,592 10,934,003 10,730,590 653,371 8.149 3.016%
1966 22,326,146 11,248,257 11,077,889 669,736 8.3978 3.0%
1967 23,011,024 11,575,819 11,435,205 700,020 8.6555 3.042%
1968 23,718,988 11,916,749 11,802,240 715,909 8.9218 3.019%
1969 24,443,108 12,266,098 12,177,011 732,331 9.1941 2.996%
1970 25,181,364 12,623,457 12,557,907 744,180 9.4718 2.955%
1971 25,927,366 13,008,378 12,918,988 747,825 9.7524 2.885%
1972 26,690,472 13,428,726 13,261,746 778,386 10.0395 2.917%
1973 27,480,976 13,868,664 13,612,312 802,622 10.3368 2.921%
1974 28,288,669 14,317,005 13,971,664 812,764 10.6406 2.873%
1975 29,108,181 14,768,476 14,339,704 826,260 10.9489 2.839%
1976 29,930,499 15,212,070 14,718,429 818,375 11.2582 2.734%
1977 30,769,677 15,679,134 15,090,543 859,982 11.5738 2.795%
1978 31,626,311 16,177,159 15,449,152 853,286 11.896 2.698%
1979 32,495,855 16,676,694 15,819,161 885,802 12.2231 2.726%
1980 33,384,357 17,180,796 16,203,562 891,203 12.5573 2.67%
1981 34,266,412 17,591,799 16,674,613 872,906 12.8891 2.548%
1982 35,173,784 17,910,188 17,263,597 941,839 13.2304 2.678%
1983 36,144,815 18,206,636 17,938,179 1,000,222 13.5957 2.767%
1984 37,179,941 18,482,535 18,697,406 1,070,030 13.985 2.878%
1985 38,304,076 18,723,403 19,580,673 1,178,240 14.4078 3.076%
1986 39,575,029 19,168,691 20,406,338 1,363,666 14.8859 3.446%
1987 40,962,732 19,868,678 21,094,055 1,411,741 15.4079 3.447%
1988 42,391,241 20,590,113 21,801,128 1,445,276 15.9452 3.41%
1989 43,851,468 21,327,584 22,523,885 1,475,178 16.4945 3.364%
1990 45,241,063 22,027,693 23,213,370 1,304,012 17.0172 2.883%
1991 46,426,380 22,617,215 23,809,165 1,066,623 17.463 2.298%
1992 47,426,809 23,040,480 24,386,329 934,234 17.8393 1.97%
1993 48,336,466 23,342,077 24,994,388 885,079 18.1815 1.831%
1994 49,194,354 23,623,863 25,570,492 830,699 18.5042 1.689%
1995 50,022,740 23,892,936 26,129,804 826,072 18.8158 1.651%
1996 50,822,524 24,146,446 26,676,078 773,497 19.1166 1.522%
1997 51,560,957 24,452,999 27,107,959 703,368 19.3943 1.364%
1998 52,234,616 24,801,736 27,432,879 643,949 19.6477 1.233%
1999 52,847,130 25,124,114 27,723,016 581,080 19.8781 1.1%
2000 53,388,518 25,414,045 27,974,472 501,695 20.0818 0.94%
2001 53,888,916 25,682,118 28,206,798 499,101 20.27 0.926%
2002 54,393,512 25,952,580 28,440,931 510,092 20.4598 0.938%
2003 54,898,164 26,227,531 28,670,634 499,212 20.6496 0.909%
2004 55,405,709 26,506,781 28,898,928 515,878 20.8405 0.931%
2005 55,922,130 26,791,353 29,130,776 516,962 21.0348 0.924%
2006 56,461,532 27,086,671 29,374,861 561,842 21.2377 0.995%
2007 57,042,037 27,401,273 29,640,763 599,167 21.456 1.05%
2008 57,696,567 27,751,329 29,945,238 709,894 21.7022 1.23%
2009 58,391,751 28,120,329 30,271,421 680,473 21.9637 1.165%
2010 59,098,524 28,496,441 30,602,083 733,073 22.2296 1.24%
2011 59,852,751 28,897,641 30,955,110 775,382 22.5133 1.296%
2012 60,654,090 29,321,537 31,332,554 827,297 22.8147 1.364%
2013 61,487,662 29,760,068 31,727,594 839,845 23.1282 1.366%
2014 62,454,035 30,280,840 32,173,195 1,092,902 23.4917 1.75%
2015 63,716,836 30,994,362 32,722,474 1,432,700 23.9667 2.249%
2016 64,384,437 31,318,802 33,065,635 -97,498 24.2178 -0.151%
2017 64,729,590 31,429,650 33,299,940 787,805 24.3476 1.217%
2018 65,555,168 31,850,999 33,704,170 863,351 24.6582 1.317%
2019 66,428,716 32,300,285 34,128,431 883,743 24.9868 1.33%
2020 67,272,182 32,737,253 34,534,928 803,189 25.304 1.194%
2021 67,984,554 33,111,038 34,873,516 621,556 25.572 0.914%
2022 68,598,690 33,439,040 35,159,650 606,716 25.803 0.884%
2023 69,235,158 33,779,164 35,455,993 666,220 26.0424 0.962%
2024 69,963,878 34,160,147 35,803,730 791,219 26.3165 1.131%

Statements that can be derived from Southern Africa's population data

  • Southern Africa has a population of 69,963,878 people, as of July 1, 2024.
  • Southern Africa's population is equivalent to 0.87% of the total world population.
  • In 2024, Southern Africa's population will grow with 791,219 people.
  • In 2024, 48,861 more people will immigrate to Southern Africa than emigrate from the country.
  • The median age of the population in Southern Africa is 27.12 years.
  • In Southern Africa there are 26.32 people per square kilometers (0.386102 square miles), if spaced out evenly.
  • 23.94 infants die at birth out of a 1000 new born in Southern Africa.
  • In Southern Africa, 34,160,147 of the total population are male, and 35,803,730 are female.

Future Population of Southern Africa (2024 - 2100)

Southern Africa's population is set to incease in the future from 69,963,878 people to 88,715,758 people. An increase of the population size by 498.49% from 2024 to 2100.

Year Total Male Female People +/- Density (p/kmยฒ) Growth Rate
2024 69,963,878 34,160,147 35,803,730 791,219 26.3165 1.131%
2025 70,742,942 34,562,834 36,180,107 766,909 26.6095 1.084%
2026 71,499,972 34,953,768 36,546,204 747,151 26.8943 1.045%
2027 72,238,168 35,334,507 36,903,662 729,242 27.172 1.01%
2028 72,957,458 35,705,001 37,252,457 709,338 27.4425 0.972%
2029 73,660,168 36,066,371 37,593,798 696,083 27.7068 0.945%
2030 74,349,536 36,420,240 37,929,296 682,652 27.9661 0.918%
2031 75,025,783 36,766,746 38,259,037 669,842 28.2205 0.893%
2032 75,691,311 37,107,057 38,584,254 661,213 28.4708 0.874%
2033 76,346,686 37,441,457 38,905,229 649,538 28.7174 0.851%
2034 76,990,228 37,769,144 39,221,084 637,546 28.9594 0.828%
2035 77,623,238 38,090,744 39,532,493 628,473 29.1975 0.81%
2036 78,247,413 38,407,024 39,840,388 619,878 29.4323 0.792%
2037 78,861,186 38,717,154 40,144,033 607,669 29.6632 0.771%
2038 79,462,096 39,019,902 40,442,194 594,151 29.8892 0.748%
2039 80,050,149 39,315,278 40,734,871 581,954 30.1104 0.727%
2040 80,626,119 39,603,671 41,022,448 569,986 30.327 0.707%
2041 81,190,408 39,885,279 41,305,128 558,591 30.5393 0.688%
2042 81,741,042 40,159,100 41,581,942 542,679 30.7464 0.664%
2043 82,276,845 40,424,452 41,852,394 528,926 30.9479 0.643%
2044 82,797,435 40,681,168 42,116,266 512,253 31.1438 0.619%
2045 83,301,412 40,928,579 42,372,834 495,702 31.3333 0.595%
2046 83,787,125 41,165,822 42,621,303 475,724 31.516 0.568%
2047 84,254,252 41,392,833 42,861,418 458,529 31.6917 0.544%
2048 84,702,845 41,609,712 43,093,132 438,658 31.8605 0.518%
2049 85,132,858 41,816,410 43,316,447 421,367 32.0222 0.495%
2050 85,542,500 42,012,047 43,530,454 397,919 32.1763 0.465%
2051 85,930,337 42,195,972 43,734,366 377,754 32.3222 0.44%
2052 86,296,738 42,368,332 43,928,406 355,048 32.46 0.411%
2053 86,643,492 42,530,152 44,113,340 338,459 32.5904 0.391%
2054 86,971,822 42,682,080 44,289,741 318,202 32.7139 0.366%
2055 87,279,447 42,823,041 44,456,406 297,049 32.8296 0.34%
2056 87,567,540 42,953,800 44,613,740 279,135 32.938 0.319%
2057 87,838,777 43,075,574 44,763,203 263,340 33.04 0.3%
2058 88,093,132 43,188,469 44,904,663 245,369 33.1357 0.279%
2059 88,329,566 43,292,161 45,037,405 227,500 33.2246 0.258%
2060 88,547,796 43,386,405 45,161,391 208,961 33.3067 0.236%
2061 88,750,272 43,472,520 45,277,752 195,989 33.3829 0.221%
2062 88,940,301 43,552,296 45,388,005 184,070 33.4544 0.207%
2063 89,118,118 43,626,050 45,492,068 171,564 33.5212 0.193%
2064 89,282,218 43,693,221 45,588,997 156,636 33.583 0.175%
2065 89,432,410 43,753,763 45,678,647 143,748 33.6395 0.161%
2066 89,569,155 43,807,832 45,761,323 129,741 33.6909 0.145%
2067 89,696,310 43,857,330 45,838,980 124,567 33.7387 0.139%
2068 89,813,966 43,902,537 45,911,430 110,747 33.783 0.123%
2069 89,917,970 43,941,402 45,976,569 97,261 33.8221 0.108%
2070 90,010,696 43,975,226 46,035,470 88,190 33.857 0.098%
2071 90,095,382 44,005,796 46,089,585 81,181 33.8888 0.09%
2072 90,170,873 44,032,466 46,138,408 69,802 33.9172 0.077%
2073 90,233,501 44,053,334 46,180,167 55,454 33.9408 0.061%
2074 90,283,577 44,068,748 46,214,829 44,698 33.9596 0.05%
2075 90,322,189 44,079,237 46,242,952 32,525 33.9742 0.036%
2076 90,350,315 44,085,154 46,265,162 23,729 33.9847 0.026%
2077 90,369,764 44,087,508 46,282,256 15,167 33.992 0.017%
2078 90,380,548 44,086,112 46,294,437 6,402 33.9961 0.007%
2079 90,380,515 44,079,726 46,300,789 -6,469 33.9961 -0.007%
2080 90,369,796 44,068,416 46,301,380 -14,968 33.9921 -0.017%
2081 90,351,098 44,053,389 46,297,709 -22,427 33.985 -0.025%
2082 90,323,616 44,034,231 46,289,384 -32,539 33.9747 -0.036%
2083 90,289,316 44,012,071 46,277,244 -36,060 33.9618 -0.04%
2084 90,249,288 43,987,353 46,261,934 -43,997 33.9467 -0.049%
2085 90,201,251 43,958,850 46,242,401 -52,076 33.9287 -0.058%
2086 90,146,813 43,927,174 46,219,638 -56,800 33.9082 -0.063%
2087 90,087,696 43,893,276 46,194,420 -61,435 33.8859 -0.068%
2088 90,022,727 43,856,705 46,166,021 -68,503 33.8615 -0.076%
2089 89,950,616 43,816,699 46,133,917 -75,718 33.8344 -0.084%
2090 89,871,867 43,773,614 46,098,254 -81,779 33.8048 -0.091%
2091 89,786,572 43,727,630 46,058,942 -88,813 33.7727 -0.099%
2092 89,692,632 43,677,842 46,014,790 -99,067 33.7373 -0.11%
2093 89,591,425 43,624,965 45,966,461 -103,345 33.6993 -0.115%
2094 89,484,549 43,569,705 45,914,844 -110,408 33.6591 -0.123%
2095 89,371,011 43,511,679 45,859,333 -116,667 33.6164 -0.131%
2096 89,252,242 43,451,772 45,800,469 -120,873 33.5717 -0.135%
2097 89,127,196 43,389,566 45,737,630 -129,218 33.5247 -0.145%
2098 88,995,328 43,324,925 45,670,402 -134,518 33.4751 -0.151%
2099 88,858,836 43,258,952 45,599,883 -138,467 33.4237 -0.156%
2100 88,715,758 43,190,588 45,525,170 -147,688 33.3699 -0.166%

Population Density of Southern Africa

Today, Southern Africa has a population density of 26.3165 people per square kilometer. The country has seen a change in density from 5.5757 people/kmยฒ since the 1950 to 26.3165 people/kmยฒ in 2024. In the future, Southern Africa is projected to reach a population density of 33.3699 people per square kilometer, by the year 2100.

Population Density of Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100

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Growth Rate of Southern Africa's Population

The population growth rate of Southern Africa currently stands at 1.131% as of July 1, 2024. This is an increase by 0.247 percentage points when compared to data from previous year. By 2024, the population growth rate of Southern Africa will increase to 1.131%. If we look further into the future, we can see that Southern Africa's population growth is projected to land at a negative rate of -0.166% by the year 2100.

Population Growth Rate of Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Growth Rate
1950 2.054%
1960 2.628%
1970 2.955%
1980 2.67%
1990 2.883%
2000 0.94%
2010 1.24%
2020 1.194%
Year Growth Rate
2030 0.918%
2040 0.707%
2050 0.465%
2060 0.236%
2070 0.098%
2080 -0.017%
2090 -0.091%
2100 -0.166%
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Life Expectancy of Southern Africa

Today, Southern Africa has an average life expectancy of 66.1945 years of age. The country has seen a change in life expectancy from 43.4831 years since the 1950 to 66.1945 years in 2024. In the future, Southern Africa is projected to reach a population life expectancy of 75.8965 years of age, by the year 2100.

Life Expectancy of Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Life Expectancy (Age)
1950 43,483
1960 52,174
1970 55,214
1980 59,541
1990 63,094
2000 57,267
2010 58,054
2020 64,667
Year Life Expectancy (Age)
2030 66,989
2040 68,228
2050 69,440
2060 70,652
2070 71,920
2080 73,201
2090 74,528
2100 75,896
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Migration to and from Southern Africa

In 2024 Southern Africa will see net migrations of 48,861 people. This means that 48,861 more people will immigrate to Southern Africa than emigrate from the country this year. An increase of net migrations when compared to the previous year of 2022, when the net migrations of Southern Africa was 47,715.

Net Migration for Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Net Migration
1950 1,572
1960 11,862
1970 55,771
1980 47,901
1990 233,615
2000 -96,970
2010 46,972
2020 21,980
Year Net Migration
2030 54,285
2040 57,420
2050 57,928
2060 57,928
2070 57,928
2080 57,928
2090 57,928
2100 57,928
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Births in Southern Africa

In 2024, Southern Africa will see 1,344,201 babies be born. That is a decrease when compared to the ammount of births recorded by Southern Africa in 2022, when the country saw 1,373,536 new borns.

Births Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Births
1950 622,510
1960 750,947
1970 1,003,228
1980 1,175,673
1990 1,435,852
2000 1,168,297
2010 1,365,924
2020 1,414,244
Year Births
2030 1,296,971
2040 1,305,312
2050 1,258,205
2060 1,179,767
2070 1,138,128
2080 1,079,699
2090 1,018,761
2100 962,778
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Deaths in Southern Africa

In 2024, 601,852 people will die in Southern Africa. That is a decrease of Southern Africa's death count when compared to 2022, when the country recorded 814,511 deaths.

Deaths Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Deaths
1950 319,597
1960 271,189
1970 314,831
1980 332,377
1990 365,455
2000 569,626
2010 679,813
2020 633,074
Year Births
2030 668,592
2040 792,762
2050 918,177
2060 1,028,743
2070 1,107,851
2080 1,152,582
2090 1,158,464
2100 1,168,373
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Median Age in Southern Africa

The median age of Southern Africa has been on an upward trend since the 1950's and it will continue well into the future. When the median age of Southern Africa will reach 40.268 years of age, by the year 2100.

Median Age in Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Median Age
1950 19.1086
1960 17.5723
1970 17.584
1980 18.8007
1990 19.5788
2000 20.4659
2010 23.1375
2020 26.3048
Year Median Age
2030 28.1365
2040 30.0075
2050 32.3456
2060 34.5229
2070 36.0557
2080 37.4923
2090 38.9863
2100 40.268
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Fertility Rate in Southern Africa

The fertility rate of Southern Africa has been on a downward trend since the 1950's and it will continue well into the future. When the total fertility rate of Southern Africa will reach 1.7351 births per woman, by the year 2100.

Fertility Rate in Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Total Fertility Rate (births per woman)
1950 6.075
1960 6.1677
1970 5.7108
1980 4.9307
1990 3.8477
2000 2.5631
2010 2.5477
2020 2.4802
Year Total Fertility Rate (births per woman)
2030 2.2319
2040 2.0796
2050 1.9731
2060 1.884
2070 1.836
2080 1.7952
2090 1.7688
2100 1.7351
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Infant Mortality Rate in Southern Africa

The infant mortality rate is recorded as infant deaths under 1 year for every 1,000 live births. It gives us an insight into the maternal and infant health of Southern Africa while at the same time being an important marker for the overall health of the country. The infant mortality rate of Southern Africa has been on a positive downward trend since the 1950's when the infant mortality rate of the country was 144.6419. Today, Southern Africa has a much better infant mortality rate of 23.9431 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. This is set to improve even further in the future when Southern Africa is projected to record an infant mortality rate of only 5.3611 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births, by the year 2100.

Infant Mortality Rate in Southern Africa Between 1950 - 2100 (10 Year Increments)

Year Infant Mortality Rate
1950 144.6419
1960 100.2414
1970 87.0795
1980 69.3793
1990 47.4954
2000 49.1098
2010 37.5156
2020 24.3481
Year Infant Mortality Rate
2030 21.729
2040 18.1734
2050 14.9204
2060 12.196
2070 9.7998
2080 7.8962
2090 6.519
2100 5.3611
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Data Information

Data found on this page is based on the medium fertility variant of the United Nations Revision of World Population Prospects 2022.

Data Sources

The United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Population Division)

UN Revision of World Population Prospects 2022

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