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Quick Fact
  • 64,130

  • 19,000

  • 18,3%

  • 84,5%

  • 96,1%

  • 95,9%

Welkom is Afrikaans for 'welcome', and was established in 1948 on a farm of the same name. The city is known for the design of its road layout, which is based extensively on the use of traffic circles. Welkom is also the location of one of South Africa's most well known natural disasters: on the 20 March 1990, parts of Welkom were laid waste by a tornado that ripped through the town, destroying thousands of homes. (GPS coordinates: 27.9917 S, 26.7408 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 population64,130
Young (0-14)21,8%
Working Age (15-64)72,9%
Elderly (65+)5,2%
Dependency ratio37,2
Sex ratio107,7
Population density383 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,7%
Higher education aged 20+18,3%
Matric aged 20+38,8%
Number of households19,000
Average household size2,9
Female headed households32,7%
Formal dwellings95,5%
Housing owned/paying off52,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage95,9%
Weekly refuse removal94,6%
Piped water inside dwelling84,5%
Electricity for lighting96,1%

Place names

Matjhabeng Municipality