Main Place


Quick Fact
  • 957,441

  • 300,199

  • 21,7%

  • 84,8%

  • 95,4%

  • 94,2%

Johannesburg was originally established in 1886 on the farm Randjeslaagte, and city status was acquired in 1928. It was named after two individuals: Johann Rissik, principal clerk of the office of the Surveyor-General of the Transvaal Republic, and Christiaan Johannes Joubert, Chief of Mining and member of the Volksraad. Both men recommended that the original land be declared a gold field, and that Randjeslaagte or Doornfontein farms be the site for the town. (GPS coordinates: 26.2096 S, 28.0462 E).

Character(s) left.
  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) monitors the quality of the information available on this website and updates the information regularly. However, neither Stats SA nor the Stats SA Website Department (StatsOnline) guarantees, or accepts legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained on this website or on any linked site.

Key Statistics 2011

Total population957,441
Young (0-14)20,9%
Working Age (15-64)74,6%
Elderly (65+)4,4%
Dependency ratio34
Sex ratio102,4
Population density2860 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2%
Higher education aged 20+21,7%
Matric aged 20+38%
Number of households300,199
Average household size2,8
Female headed households36,5%
Formal dwellings92,8%
Housing owned/paying off32,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage94,2%
Weekly refuse removal96,9%
Piped water inside dwelling84,8%
Electricity for lighting95,4%

Place names

City of Johannesburg Municipality