Main Place

Port Elizabeth

Quick Fact
  • 312,392

  • 99,794

  • 23%

  • 89%

  • 94,5%

  • 92,7%

Port Elizabeth originally began as a military station, known as Fort Frederick, which was established in 1799. After the arrival of the 1820 Settlers the settlement attained municipal status in 1868 and in 1913 it was proclaimed a city. Port Elizabeth was named in 1820 by Sir Rufane Donkin (1773-1841), Acting Governor of the Cape, in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth Frances, who had died of fever two years previously. (GPS coordinates: 33.9304 S, 25.5597 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 population312,392
Young (0-14)21,3%
Working Age (15-64)69,6%
Elderly (65+)9,1%
Dependency ratio43,6
Sex ratio92,5
Population density1244 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,5%
Higher education aged 20+23%
Matric aged 20+35,7%
Number of households99,794
Average household size2,9
Female headed households37,3%
Formal dwellings92,6%
Housing owned/paying off57,7%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage92,7%
Weekly refuse removal91,6%
Piped water inside dwelling89%
Electricity for lighting94,5%

Place names

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality