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Population & People

City of Johannesburg statistics

The statistics below are those provided by the Census 2001 report compiled by Stats SA.

 

  • The population of Johannesburg is 3.2 million
  • There are 1 006 930 households in Johannesburg
  • Black Africans account for 73 percent of the population, followed by Whites at 16 percent, Coloureds at 6 percent and Asians at 4 percent
  • 86 percent of households have a flush or chemical toilet on the premises
  • 91 percent of households have refused removed by the municipality at least once a week
  • 86 percent of households have access to running water
  • 80 percent of households use electricity as the main source of energy
  • 22 percent of Johannesburgers live in informal dwellings
  • 42 percent of the population is under the age of 24
  • 6 percent of the population is over 60 years old
  • 37 percent of the city residents are unemployed
  • 91 percent of the unemployed are black people
  • Women comprise 43 percent of the working population
  • 19 percent of economically active adults work in wholesale and retail sectors, 18 percent work in financial, real estate and business services, 17 percent in community, social and personal services and 12 percent are in manufacturing. Only 0.7 percent work in mining
  • 34 percent of Johannesburg residents speak Nguni languages at home, 26 percent speak Sotho languages, 19 percent speak English and 8 percent speak Afrikaans
  • 29 percent of adults have a matric qualification
  • 14 percent have higher education (University or Technikon)
  • 7 percent of residents are illiterate
  • 15 percent have primary education
  • 34 percent use public transport to commute to work or school
  • 34 percent use private transport to travel to work or school
  • 65 percent of households are headed by one person
  • 53 percent belong to mainstream Christian churches
  • 24 percent are atheists
  • 14 percent are members of African Independent Churches
  • 3 percent of Johannesburgers are Muslim
  • 1 percent practice Judaism
  • 1 percent follow Hinduism

 

Age breakdown

 

  • 0 - 4: 265 583
  • 5 - 9: 234 977
  • 10 -19: 496 049
  • 20 - 29: 777 590
  • 30 - 39: 609 069
  • 40 - 49: 409 544
  • 50 - 59: 230 396
  • 60 - 69: 119 324
  • 70 - 79: 58 597
  • 80+: 24 681

 

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