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Infographic: Population density in South Africa’s provinces

In South Africa’s provinces, the size of the land and the number of people living there mean very different population densities. Gauteng, small but crowded, has an average of 785 people per square kilometre. The empty but enormous Northern Cape has a population density of only three people for each square kilometre.

Infographic with maps showing the population density of South Africa and each of South Africa's nine provinces, and comparing it to population density in Brazil, China, Kenya, Nigeria and the UK.
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In 2017 the population density in South Africa’s provinces, and the country, was:

  • Eastern Cape: 38 people per square kilometre
  • Free State: 22 people per square kilometre
  • Gauteng: 785 people per square kilometre
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 117 people per square kilometre
  • Limpopo: 46 people per square kilometre
  • Mpumalanga: 58 people per square kilometre
  • Northern Cape: 3 people per square kilometre
  • North West: 37 people per square kilometre
  • Western Cape: 50 people per square kilometre
  • South Africa: 46 people per square kilometre

Researched, written and designed by Mary Alexander.
Updated 28 February 2018.

 

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