In 2017 South Africa was home to an estimated 56.5-million people. Black South Africans were the majority at 45.7-million – 80.8% of the total. There were 5-million coloured people (8.7%), 4.5-million whites (7.9%) and 1.4-million Indian South Africans (2.6%).
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The 2017 estimates suggest that the racial profile of South Africa has shifted since the country held its most recent census, in 2011.
Over the six years from 2011 to 2017 the percentage of black people has increased. The percentage of coloured and Indian South Africans has roughly stayed the same. The percentage of white people has decreased.
In 2011, black South Africans made up 79.2% of the population, coloured and white people each 8.9%, the Indian or Asian population 2.5%, and “other” people – who did not want to be categorised by race – 0.5% of the total.
Researched, written and designed by Mary Alexander.
Updated 8 June 2018.