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Quick Fact
  • 326,416

  • 109,707

  • 29,7%

  • 80,2%

  • 88,3%

  • 87,3%

Roodepoort is Dutch for 'red pass', and refers to the red colour of the soil in the area. The settlement started out in 1888 as a gold-mining camp on a farm with the same name. (GPS coordinates: 26.1143 S, 27.8902 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 population326,416
Young (0-14)21,3%
Working Age (15-64)73,3%
Elderly (65+)5,4%
Dependency ratio36,4
Sex ratio98,7
Population density2021 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,8%
Higher education aged 20+29,7%
Matric aged 20+36,1%
Number of households109,707
Average household size2,7
Female headed households32,9%
Formal dwellings85,2%
Housing owned/paying off46,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage87,3%
Weekly refuse removal94,5%
Piped water inside dwelling80,2%
Electricity for lighting88,3%

Place names

City of Johannesburg Municipality