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  • 179,624

  • 63,737

  • 6,2%

  • 39,2%

  • 93,2%

  • 85,1%

Alexandra known as Alex is thought to have been named after Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of England. Other sources state that the township was named after the wife of the farmer who originally owned the land. It was established in 1912 as a township. Notable residents of the area included Nelson Mandela, Samora Machel, Hugh Masekela and other prominent figures. (GPS coordinates: 26.1016 S, 28.1052 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population179,624
Young (0-14)23,8%
Working Age (15-64)73,9%
Elderly (65+)2,3%
Dependency ratio35,3
Sex ratio106,9
Population density25979 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+4,2%
Higher education aged 20+6,2%
Matric aged 20+38,5%
Number of households63,737
Average household size2,7
Female headed households33,9%
Formal dwellings74,3%
Housing owned/paying off44,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage85,1%
Weekly refuse removal88,6%
Piped water inside dwelling39,2%
Electricity for lighting93,2%

Place names

City of Johannesburg Municipality