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South Africa Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 43,058   Population 2000 (UN '000) 43,309
Area (km2) 1,217,645   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 0
Number of Administrative Units 83,125   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 1
Number of Urban Extents 345   Number of Settlement Points 310

South Africa Details

Continent Africa
Country Name South Africa
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type Province
Level2 Type Magisterial District
Level3 Type Enumeration Area
Number of Units 83,125
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 1
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2001
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 37,921
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 40,055
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 43,058
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 36,376
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 40,033
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 43,309
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 1,217,645
Average Input Resolution (km) 0
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 310
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 2,502,507
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 5,574
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 92,968
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 345
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 7,848
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 9
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 155
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 53,533
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 8,841,305
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 5,060
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 84,672
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 29,211,774
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 4%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 64%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 58%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 488
Regression-estimated Extents 9
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Statistics South Africa, Population Census 1996. `Community Profile Databases? CD; 2001-MidYear Province Population estimates data is from:
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Statistics South Africa, Population Census, 1996. `Community Profile Databases? CD
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
1996 South Africa Census, National Statistical Office, South Africa; AFCities, Data provided by Uwe Deichman at the World Bank; City Population,; World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
AFCities, City Population, NIMA, UNSD, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
All population agglomerations of an urban nature, without regard to local boundaries and status.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
(1) Data were extrapolated to target years using Magisterial District level growth rates (administrative level 2), calculated between 1996 and 2001, applied to corresponding Enumeration Area sub-units (administrative level 3). (2) A 5% rate cap was applied to selected units.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
The South African shapefiles contain 83,016 administrative units while the census records population values for 83,126 areas. This translates to 110 missing spatial units, all but one of which was incorporated via correspondence with province-level population values. Coastline was not matched to Digital Chart of the World (DCW) as the data is more detailed than DCW, and there is general agreement with DCW.