There will be 65 million people living in South Africa by 2030 – here’s how things will look by 2100

The United Nations has released its World Population Prospects report for 2017, detailing the key demographic indicators for each country from 1950-2100.

According to the report, the world’s population numbered nearly 7.6 billion as of mid-2017, implying that the world has added approximately one billion inhabitants over the last twelve years.

60% of the world’s people live in Asia (4.5 billion), 17% in Africa (1.3 billion), 10% in Europe (742 million), 9% in Latin America and the Caribbean (646 million), and the remaining 6% in Northern America (361 million) and Oceania (41 million).

China (1.4 billion) and India (1.3 billion) remain the two most populous countries of the world,comprising 19 and 18% of the global total, respectively.

The report noted that the world’s population will continues to grow, albeit more slowly than in the recent past.

Ten years ago, the global population was growing by 1.24% per year. Today, it is growing by 1.10% per year, yielding an additional 83 million people annually.

The world’s population is projected to increase by slightly more than one billion people over the next 13 years, reaching 8.6 billion in 2030, and to increase further to 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.


SA’s population vs the rest of the world 

South Africa

Country Total (‘000) Male (‘000) Female (‘000) 0-14 age group 15-24 age group 25-59 age group 60+ age group
South Africa 56 717 27 836 28 881 29% 18% 44% 8%

Top 5 worldwide

Country Total (‘000) Male (‘000) Female (‘000) 0-14 age group 15-24 age group 25-59 age group 60+ age group
China 1 409 517 726 320 683 197 18% 12% 54% 16%
India 1 339 180 693 959 645 221 28% 18% 45% 9%
USA 324 459 160 593 163 866 19% 14% 46% 22%
Russian Federation 143 990 66 917 77 072 18% 10% 52% 21%
Japan 127 484 62 526 65 228 13% 9% 44% 33%

Population sizes: 1950 vs 2100

South Africa

Country 1950 (‘000) 2017 (‘000) 2030 (‘000) 2050 (‘000) 2100 (‘000)
South Africa 13 628 56 717 64 466 72 755 76 488

Top 5 worldwide

Country 1950 (‘000) 2017 (‘000) 2030 (‘000) 2050 (‘000) 2100 (‘000)
China 555 419 1 409 517 1 441 182 1 364 457 1 020 665
India 376 325 1 339 180 1 512 985 1 658 978 1 516 897
USA 158 804 324 459 354 712 389 592 447 483
Russian Federation 102 799 143 990 140 543 132 731 124 013
Japan 82 802 127 484 121 581 108 794 84 532

Percentage of population: 2017 vs 2050

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Rank Country Population in 2050 (millions)
1 China 1 410
2 India 1 339
3 USA 324
4 Indonesia 264
5 Brazil 209
6 Pakistan 197
7 Nigeria 191
8 Bangladesh 165
9 Russian Federation 144
10 Mexico 129
11 Japan 127
12 Ethiopia 105
13 Phillipines 105
14 Egypt 98
15 Viet Nam 96
16 Germany 82
17 Dem Republic of Congo 81
18 Iran 81
19 Turkey 81
20 Thailand 69
21 United Kingdom 66
22 France 65
23 Italy 59
24 Tanzania 57
25 South Africa 57
26 Myanmar 53
27 Republic of Korea 51

2050

Rank Country Population in 2050 (millions)
1 India 1 659
2 China 1 364
3 Nigeria 411
4 USA 390
5 Indonesia 322
6 Pakistan 307
7 Brazil 233
8 Bangladesh 202
9 Dem republic of Congo 197
10 Ethiopia 191
11 Mexico 164
12 Egypt 153
13 Phillipines 151
14 United Republic of Tanzania 138
15 Russian Federation 133
16 Vietnam 115
17 Japan 109
18 Uganda 106
19 Turkey 96
20 Kenya 95
21 Iran 94
22 Iraq 81
23 Sudan 80
24 Germany 79
25 Angola 76
26 United Kingdom 75
27 South Africa 73
28 France 71
29 Niger 68
30 Mozambique 68

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There will be 65 million people living in South Africa by 2030 – here’s how things will look by 2100