2020 Mid-year population estimates

Media release                                                                                                                                                          9 July 2020

2020 Mid-year population estimates

South Africa’s mid year population is estimated to have increased to 59,62 million in 2020, according to the report released by Statistics South Africa. Gauteng continues to record  the largest share of South Africa’s  population, with approximately 15,5 million people (26,0%) living in this province. The second largest population with approximately 11,5 million people has been recorded in KwaZulu-Natal. Northern Cape maintained its status as the province with the lowest population in the country with a population estimated at 1,29 million people.

The report indicates that approximately 51,1% (approximately 30,5 million) of the population is female.

According to the report about 28,6% of the population is aged younger than 15 years and approximately 9,1% (5,4 million) is 60 years or older. Of those younger than 15 years of age, the majority reside in KwaZulu-Natal (21,8%) and Gauteng (21,4%). Of the elderly (those aged 60 years and older), the highest percentage 24,1% (1,31 million) reside in Gauteng.The proportion of elderly persons aged 60 and has grown from 7,6% in 2002 to 9,1% in 2020.

The report further shows that for the period 2016–2021, Gauteng and Western Cape are estimated to experience the largest inflow of migrants of approximately, 1 553 162 and 468 568 respectively.

Life expectancy at birth for 2020 is estimated at 62,5 years for males and 68,5 years for females. The infant mortality rate for 2020 is estimated at 23,6 per 1 000 live births.

The estimated overall HIV prevalence rate is approximately 13,0% among the South African population. The total number of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) is estimated at approximately 7,8 million in 2020. For adults aged 15–49 years, an estimated 18,7% of the population is HIV positive.


For technical inquiries contact:

Mr Iturralde Diego

Chief director:Demographic analysis

Tel: 012 310 8922: Cell: 0824132661: Email: Diegol@statssa.gov.za

Ms Chantal Munthree

Director:Demographic analysis

Tel: 012 310 3431 Cell: 0828882289 Email: chantalMu@statssa.gov.za


For media enquiries contact:

Felicia Sithole

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