Census 2011: This is who we are

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30 October 2012

Statistics South Africa has released the results of the 2011 Census held in October last year.

Statistics South Africa has released the results of the 2011 Census held in October last year.

Here are some of the key findings: 

• There are nearly 51.8 million people living in South Africa, about 7 million more people than were counted in the last census in 2001.

• Of the 51.8 million people, roughly 26.6 million are female and 25.2 million male.

• Gauteng is South Africa’s most populous province with 12.3 million people.

• The Northern Cape, the country’s largest province geographically, has the least amount of people with 1.1 million.

• Over 5.6 million South Africans are under the age of four, outnumbering all the other age brackets.

• The proportion of the population that does not have any formal schooling has more than halved from 17.9% in 2001 to 8.6% in 2011.

• 22.7% of South Africans speak isiZulu as their first language, followed by 16% isiXhosa speakers and 13.5% Afrikaans speakers. English is fourth with 9.6% of the population indicating it is their first language.

Click here to see more of the census results.

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