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  • 237,414

  • 51,891

  • 6,4%

  • 92,6%

  • 98,4%

  • 94%

Athlone was named after the Governor-General of the Union from 1924 -1930, the Earl of Athlone. Previously known as West London, Athlone is also the site for the now decommissioned Athlone Power Station. The station's two cooling towers were a prominent landmark in Athlone until they were demolished in 2010. (GPS coordinates: 33.9709 S, 18.5339 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 population237,414
Young (0-14)26,1%
Working Age (15-64)66,5%
Elderly (65+)7,4%
Dependency ratio50,4
Sex ratio91,4
Population density7989 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,6%
Higher education aged 20+6,4%
Matric aged 20+25%
Number of households51,891
Average household size4,4
Female headed households45,3%
Formal dwellings91,4%
Housing owned/paying off53,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage94%
Weekly refuse removal99%
Piped water inside dwelling92,6%
Electricity for lighting98,4%

Place names

City of Cape Town Municipality