SOUTH AFRICA

historical demographical data of the urban centers


PLACE NAMEprovincevariants of the namee1995c1991c1985c1980e1978e1977c1970c1960c1951c1936e1932c1921c1911/allc1911/we1904/alle1904/w1900e1896e189118891884188018751868e1856e1820particularselevationfound.yr
source:*=capitalEWEW,IALB,PGSYIADVHCIAHAEB,HBAGAGAG/totalAG/whiteAG/totalAG/whiteAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGMIPDin m
(old prov.)
AlbertonTV76,6230,7102,324,063,515,5agglomeration of Johannesburg
AlexandraTV124,657,062,8agglomeration of Johannesburg
Aliwal NorthCPAliwal-Noord12,318,77,66,56,3agglomeration of Port Elizabeth14171849
Aliwal South> see:Mossel Bay
AtteridgevilleTV92,0agglomeration of Pretoria
BeaconsfieldCP21,614,39,410,721,6
Beaufort WestCP31,717,911,88,06,56,1869
BellvilleCP78,868,973,249,017,73,0agglomeration of Cape Town; merged with Parow
BenoniTV113,5198,0206,8192,9162,8122,5109,484,150,747,632,68,6agglomeration of Johannesburg16401887
BethlehemOF80,912,929,918,510,47,86,317201860
BloemfonteinOF*Mangaung126,9104,4198,3174,5149,8112,6109,362,853,139,026,914,733,915,512,05,83,53,02,61,213921846
Bloemfontein (agglomeration)OF300,2233,0230,7200,0182,3180,2145,3130,2
Blue Downs60,8
BoksburgTV119,9157,0150,3151,7106,171,064,250,139,537,943,611,5agglomeration of Johannesburg1887
BotshabeloOF117,9agglomeration of Bloemfontein
BrakpanTV53,588,779,789,873,277,885,054,828,824,7agglomeration of Johannesburg1636
Cape TownCP*Kaapstad854,6776,6813,8892,2854,6508,3440,0335,6271,0207,4155,267,277,744,251,341,734,035,018,001652
Cape Town (agglomeration)CP2727,02350,21912,01490,91300,01107,81096,6807,2577,0344,0286,0213,0162,0169,683,7
CarletonvilleTV118,7108,040,656,2
Carletonville (agglomeration)TV175,0123,0
CradockCP37,120,814,89,37,16,56,57,84,41020
DaveytownTV151,7agglomeration of Johannesburg
De AarCP25,418,111,05,1important railroad centre1340
DiepmeadowTV241,1193,0agglomeration of Johannesburg
DurbanNTPort Natal715,7634,3506,0751,3560,0435,0259,6180,9146,389,969,269,931,357,025,522,910,001824
Durban (agglomeration)NT1264,01137,4982,0960,81040,0851,0721,3681,5480,0152,0includes also Inanda
Eastleigh> see:Orkney
East LondonCPOos-Londen, Igaabab, Port Rex102,385,7112,3113,2119,7113,790,060,647,734,720,912,325,214,76,95,901847
East London (agglomeration)CP365,0194,0160,6190,0124,8123,3116,1133,0includes sometimes also King William's Town
East Rand> see:Johannesburg (agglomeration)
EdendaleTV72,141,212,4agglomeration of Pietermaritzburg850
Elsies RiverCP82,064,5agglomeration of Cape Town
EMbalenhle56,5
ErmeloTV111,119,09,64,84,518301871
EvatonTV210,02,0agglomeration of Vereeniging
Free State Goldfields> see:Welkom (agglomeration)
GalesheweOF72,1agglomeration of Kimberley
Ga-RankuwaTV48,3
GeorgeCP95,641,924,613,59,16,14,82201811
GermistonTV134,0166,0155,4222,0148,1168,079,452,042,454,315,69,1agglomeration of Johannesburg16441887
GoodwoodCP31,671,448,0agglomeration of Cape Town
Graaff-ReinetCPGraaf-Reinet, Graaff Reinet34,418,122,414,012,09,29,38,110,15,95,67101786
GrahamstownCPGraham's Town, Grahamstad19,819,241,38,619,815,314,913,813,910,48,36,98101812
Grassy ParkCP52,732,7agglomeration of Cape Town
GuguletuCP54,6agglomeration of Cape Town
HarrismithOF63,216,112,89,26,46,21622
Ibhayi257,1
Igaabab> see:East London
Inanda> see:Durban (agglomeration)
JohannesburgTV712,51609,01536,51416,71441,41432,6594,3629,8519,4339,6288,1237,1158,683,4102,121,015,017481886
Johannesburg (agglomeration)TV4939,04164,93294,03087,33000,02779,52075,0911,7403,026,0includes also East Rand, West Rand
Kaapstad> see:Cape Town
KagisoTV61,7agglomeration of Johannesburg
KatlehongTV201,8138,0agglomeration of Johannesburg
Kempton ParkTV106,6289,837,214,6agglomeration of Johannesburg1663
KhayelitsaCP189,6agglomeration of Cape Town
Khutsong55,8
KimberleyCP80,1135,8142,0105,3105,375,458,740,240,139,729,513,634,313,628,728,713,6world's diamond centre12241871
Kimberley (agglomeration)CP167,1149,7144,979,075,9
King William's TownCPKing Williams Town, Kingwilliamstown, King29,716,115,812,410,710,36,49,09,57,25,45,2sometimes considered as part of the East London agglomeration5551825
Kirkwood> see:Port Elizabeth (agglomeration)
KlerksdorpTV58,948,985,463,643,724,28,96,25,713251837
Klerksdorp (agglomeration)TV275,0134,0200,066,6
KroonstadOF111,022,975,052,042,426,513,410,79,313691855
KrugersdorpTV81,6122,0102,9116,092,789,975,654,824,642,555,113,16,5agglomeration of Johannesburg17091887
Kwa MakutaNT13,6agglomeration of Durban
Kwa MashuNT156,7agglomeration of Durban
KwaNdengeziNT50,8agglomeration of Durban
KwaNobuhleCP92,8agglomeration of Port Elizabeth
Kwa-ThemaTV81,3agglomeration of Johannesburg
LadysmithNT29,625,128,923,016,39,77,26,710011851
Ladysmith (agglomeration)NT37,966,0
LekoaTVShapeville217,6218,0agglomeration of Vereeniging
MadadeniNT95,9agglomeration of Newcastle
Mafeking> see:Mmabatho
Mafikeng> see:Mmabatho
MamelodiTV154,8127,0agglomeration of Pretoria
Mangaung> see:Bloemfontein (agglomeration)125,5agglomeration of Bloemfontein
MdantsaneCP242,8300,0
MiddelburgCP21,712,1 6,15,34,414001852
MiddelburgTV140,026,99,35,85,015151864
MidrandTV51,1agglomeration of Pretoria
MmabathoCPMafikeng, Mafeking6,56,86,58,47,94,73,2until 1965 capital of Bechuanaland (Botswana)12781885
Mmabatho (agglomeration)CP16,0
Mossel BayCPMosselbaai, Aliwal South59,217,69,27,25,94,5
MotherwellCP73,0agglomeration of Port Elizabeth
MpumalangaNT62,1agglomeration of Durban
Mtunzini> see:Umlazi
NelspruitTV61,925,18,51,99101892
NewcastleNT53,614,413,24,94,311871864
Newcastle (agglomeration)NT65,0
NewtownNT60,7agglomeration of Durban
NigelTV92,950,941,232,121,716701909
NtuzumaNT102,3agglomeration of Durban
NyangaCP92,9149,015,7agglomeration of Cape Town
OdendaalsrusOF97,68,815,615,110,90,9agglomeration of Welkom13471899
Oos-Londen> see:East London
Orange Farm en Omgewing49,8
Orange Free State Goldfields> see:Welkom (agglomeration)
OrkneyTVEastleigh45,060,99,4agglomeration of Klerksdorp
OsizweniNT78,1agglomeration of Durban
OudtshoornCP68,134,126,918,913,210,810,73001847
PaarlCP73,463,760,149,241,530,018,614,412,411,011,37,7agglomeration of Cape Town1687
ParowCP68,169,160,821,7agglomeration of Cape Town; merged with Bellville
PietermaritzburgNT*PieterMaritzburg156,5133,8179,0151,1114,892,074,549,539,636,030,614,731,215,130,017,515,8named for Pieter Retief and Gerrit Maritz, leaders of the Great Trek6761838
Pietermaritzburg (agglomeration)NT228,5192,0191,7200,0160,9158,9128,6130,0
Pietersburg> see:Polokwane
PinetownNT70,055,822,78,64,0agglomeration of Durban120
PolokwaneTVPietersburg54,729,979,027,220,49,17,36,0orig. named for Petrus (Piet) Joubert, a Boer (Afrikaner) general12801884
Port ElizabethCP303,4272,8492,1392,2249,2169,2109,873,246,137,018,233,022,023,315,913,015,001820
Port Elizabeth (agglomeration)CP1035,0853,2652,0585,4526,4475,9468,6290,7215,7includes also Kirkwood
Port Natal> see:Durban
Port Rex> see:East London
PotchefstroomTV185,643,866,057,441,932,019,115,113,42,0until 1854 capital of Transvaal13521838
PretoriaTV*Tshwane, or: Jacaranda City525,6443,1528,4525,6303,7285,3128,690,874,157,729,621,18,05,14,41,5named for Andries Pretorius, a Boer (Afrikaner) leader13431855
Pretoria (agglomeration)TV1314,01080,2823,0739,0650,6563,4561,7422,6388,6includes also Wonderboom
QueenstownCP44,518,039,325,818,314,212,9named for Queen Victoria10801853
RandburgTV90,674,3106,843,5agglomeration of Johannesburg
RandfonteinTV116,443,857,150,541,534,628,8agglomeration of Johannesburg17251890
RobertsonCP32,310,26,94,94,4215
Roodepoort-MaraisburgTV162,6169,0165,3165,5115,495,278,441,625,124,1agglomeration of Johannesburg; incorporates also Hamberg, Florida17001887
Roodepoort (agglomeration)TV870,196,4
RustenburgTV125,337,722,314,46,111271851
SandtonTV101,271,4agglomeration of Johannesburg
Sasolburg> see:Vereeniging (agglomeration)in Orange Free State
Shapeville> see:Lekoa
SimonstownCPSimonstad, Simon's Town58,34,412,17,84,74,64,8absorbed in Cape Town; named for Simon van der Stel, governor01741
Somerset EastCPSomerset-Oos10,48,06,05,25,1absorbed in Cape Town; named for Lord Charles Somerset, governor7501815
SoshanguveTV146,3agglomeration of Pretoria
SowetoTV596,6522,0602,0agglomeration of Johannesburg
SpringsTV72,6170,0154,0173,6104,1137,3119,271,022,619,4agglomeration of Johannesburg16271888
Springs (agglomeration)TV700,9142,8141,9152,286,9
StandertonTV85,921,011,55,64,01531
StellenboschCP73,838,630,022,317,78,88,47,33,55,1absorbed in Cape Town1111679
StilfonteinTV70,7agglomeration of Klerksdorp
StrandCP40,124,510,75,9absorbed in Cape Town1897
TembisaTV209,2149,083,6agglomeration of Johannesburg
Thabong88,5
Tshwane> see:Pretoria
UitenhageCP67,6125,087,870,548,838,720,615,714,211,612,25,3agglomeration of Port Elizabeth; named for Jacob A. Uitenhage-de Mist521804
UmlaziNTUmlalazi, Mtunzini299,3194,9123,50,4agglomeration of Durban
UmtataCP55,050,030,024,825,29,15,5former capital of "homeland" Transkei (1962-1993)701
UpingtonCP28,613,26,4named for Sir Thomas Upington, Prime Minister of the Cape Colony8651885
VanderbijlparkTV67,359,9101,478,841,423,0agglom. of Vereeniging; named for H.J. van der Bijl, 1st chairman of Iseor Steel Plant14821941
VereenigingTV71,360,6149,4122,378,859,818,914481882
Vereeniging (agglomeration)TV1002,0773,6540,0447,5280,0310,2172,5130,0153,0includes also Sasolburg
VerwoerdburgTV80,6agglomeration of Pretoria
VirginiaOF58,218,30,2agglomeration of Welkom1954
VosloosrusTV76,0agglomeration of Johannesburg
VryburgCP98,65,0former capital of Stellaland Republic12201882
VryheidNT85,517,09,06,44,012951888
WelkomOF68,154,5140,684,067,548,110,3centre of mining area1375
Welkom (agglomeration)OF240,0320,0176,6150,0210,6131,897,6
WellingtonCP37,417,19,26,85,41,21501840
WestonariaTV57,136,318,8agglomeration of Johannesburg
West Rand> see:Johannesburg (agglomeration)
WitbankTV173,341,837,516,08,315301890
Wonderboom> see:Pretoria (agglomeration)
WoodstockCP14,329,021,55,7absorbed in Cape Town
WorcesterCP117,246,041,225,412,59,58,68,07,95,4named for the Marquess of Worcester, governor of the Cape Colony2441818
ZwelitshaCP55,047,0

Included are urban centers with over 50,000 inhabitants in 1991, and a selection of some other towns of historical or strategical importance.
In the sources used the difference between city, municipality, urban district in not clear, so raptures could appear in the consecutive columns.
Some data are only for the so-called "white" population, in colums head after the year indicated with "/w".
First input on 2001.09.09; last revision and update on 2001.09.11 by Jan Lahmeyer

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