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  • 23,000

  • 8,066

  • 16,3%

  • 83,3%

  • 96,5%

  • 96,1%

Carletonville is a gold mining town that was originally established on the farm Twyfelvlakte No 8 and officially proclaimed on 28 January 1948. One of the richest gold-producing areas in the world, the town was named after Guy Carleton Jones, who was director of Consolidated Gold Fields for 35 years. The South African cricketer, Brian McMillan, grew up in Carletonville. (GPS coordinates: 26.3543 S, 27.4088 E).

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population23,000
Young (0-14)22%
Working Age (15-64)73,1%
Elderly (65+)5%
Dependency ratio36,9
Sex ratio102
Population density655 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,3%
Higher education aged 20+16,3%
Matric aged 20+40,3%
Number of households8,066
Average household size2,7
Female headed households27,6%
Formal dwellings95,8%
Housing owned/paying off21,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage96,1%
Weekly refuse removal95,6%
Piped water inside dwelling83,3%
Electricity for lighting96,5%

Place names

Merafong City Municipality