Number of South African People in the United States

In this article, we will explore the demographic data of South African people in the United States, and look at historical data to see whether the South African population is growing or declining.

First, let's take a look at the population of South African people in the United States for the last 5 years.

Total U.S. South African Population

Population Year
37,856 2019
37,473 2018
40,149 2017
38,577 2016
38,099 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2019 the total South African population has decreased by 243 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of South African people by 2023 could be 38,099.

Total U.S. South African Population By State

We can also look at the data for South African people in each individual state and whether the South African population increased or decreased between 2015 and 2019.

For more details on the historical population figures for each state, click the link in the table below.

State 2015 2019 Change (%)
Alabama 257 421 63.81%
Alaska 31 29 -6.45%
Arizona 905 727 -19.67%
Arkansas 141 272 92.91%
California 6,224 6,482 4.15%
Colorado 1,050 814 -22.48%
Connecticut 588 537 -8.67%
Delaware 74 84 13.51%
District of Columbia 130 130 0.00%
Florida 4,351 4,486 3.10%
Georgia 2,344 2,208 -5.80%
Hawaii 158 151 -4.43%
Idaho 78 71 -8.97%
Illinois 916 895 -2.29%
Indiana 322 271 -15.84%
Iowa 84 125 48.81%
Kansas 290 233 -19.66%
Kentucky 231 410 77.49%
Louisiana 245 104 -57.55%
Maine 34 51 50.00%
Maryland 925 776 -16.11%
Massachusetts 1,148 929 -19.08%
Michigan 683 669 -2.05%
Minnesota 311 408 31.19%
Mississippi 138 34 -75.36%
Missouri 387 424 9.56%
Montana 63 19 -69.84%
Nebraska 134 85 -36.57%
Nevada 380 556 46.32%
New Hampshire 340 125 -63.24%
New Jersey 1,229 1,589 29.29%
New Mexico 102 111 8.82%
New York 2,724 2,488 -8.66%
North Carolina 1,421 1,159 -18.44%
North Dakota 60 143 138.33%
Ohio 615 673 9.43%
Oklahoma 102 293 187.25%
Oregon 421 290 -31.12%
Pennsylvania 978 1,139 16.46%
Puerto Rico 38 6 -84.21%
Rhode Island 99 16 -83.84%
South Carolina 507 777 53.25%
South Dakota 80 71 -11.25%
Tennessee 620 489 -21.13%
Texas 3,645 3,621 -0.66%
Utah 506 338 -33.20%
Vermont 48 60 25.00%
Virginia 1,004 826 -17.73%
Washington 729 1,042 42.94%
West Virginia 27 0 -100.00%
Wisconsin 200 205 2.50%
Wyoming 20 0 -100.00%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the latest American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates, from the United States Census Bureau. The latest year for the ACS is currently 2019.

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