Census 2011: This is who we are


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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