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What is the population of Cape Town?

According to information published by the Western Cape Government in 2011 the population of Cape Town stood at 3.74 million. (3 740 026)  Comparing this to the Western Cape province population of 5.82 million it means that the largest part of the Western Cape provinces population lives in the Cape Town area.  Of people living in the Western Cape 64.2% lives in the City of Cape Town area.  Of the 3.74 million Cape Town inhabitants 38.6% are black, 42.4% coloured, 1.4% Indian and 15.7% white.

Cape Town Population by Race

The literacy rate of the Western Cape stands at 81.7% while the City of Cape Town literacy rate stands at 85.2%.  If we look at education of the people living in the City of Cape Town area, 69% has completed Grade 12 (Old Standard 10)  and 15% has a bachelors or higher degree and 7% has no education.  For the year 2011 79.2% of the matriculants passed their matric examinations.

In 2010 19.7% of the City of Cape Town population can be defined as living in poverty.  In 2011 78.4% of the City of Cape Town population can be described as living in formal housing.  Also 87.3% of the population has piped water inside their dwelling or yard.  Furthermore 87.6% of the population has access to electricity for cooking purposes.

In 2007 24.5% of the labour force was unemployed compared to 22.2% of the Western Cape province.

The population of Cape Town keep changing and a lot of West Africans and also Europeans still decide to make Cape Town their home. As the second biggest city in South Africa Cape Town sure do have lots of opportunities available to all of the people living in the area.



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