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 6 years.

Total U.S. South African Population

Population Year
38,231 2020
37,856 2019
37,473 2018
40,149 2017
38,577 2016
38,099 2015

The table above shows that between 2015 and 2020 the total South African population has increased by 132 people.

If this growth were to continue at the same rate, the total population of South African people by 2025 could be 38,363.

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 2020.

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

State 2015 2020 Change (%)
Alabama 257 233 -9.34%
Alaska 31 28 -9.68%
Arizona 905 950 4.97%
Arkansas 141 340 141.13%
California 6,224 6,157 -1.08%
Colorado 1,050 967 -7.90%
Connecticut 588 578 -1.70%
Delaware 74 72 -2.70%
District of Columbia 130 127 -2.31%
Florida 4,351 4,601 5.75%
Georgia 2,344 2,070 -11.69%
Hawaii 158 246 55.70%
Idaho 78 69 -11.54%
Illinois 916 882 -3.71%
Indiana 322 288 -10.56%
Iowa 84 132 57.14%
Kansas 290 175 -39.66%
Kentucky 231 504 118.18%
Louisiana 245 101 -58.78%
Maine 34 57 67.65%
Maryland 925 817 -11.68%
Massachusetts 1,148 782 -31.88%
Michigan 683 503 -26.35%
Minnesota 311 429 37.94%
Mississippi 138 336 143.48%
Missouri 387 504 30.23%
Montana 63 31 -50.79%
Nebraska 134 84 -37.31%
Nevada 380 460 21.05%
New Hampshire 340 53 -84.41%
New Jersey 1,229 1,660 35.07%
New Mexico 102 137 34.31%
New York 2,724 2,788 2.35%
North Carolina 1,421 1,223 -13.93%
North Dakota 60 266 343.33%
Ohio 615 625 1.63%
Oklahoma 102 256 150.98%
Oregon 421 377 -10.45%
Pennsylvania 978 1,032 5.52%
Puerto Rico 38 8 -78.95%
Rhode Island 99 115 16.16%
South Carolina 507 604 19.13%
South Dakota 80 89 11.25%
Tennessee 620 513 -17.26%
Texas 3,645 3,660 0.41%
Utah 506 280 -44.66%
Vermont 48 49 2.08%
Virginia 1,004 838 -16.53%
Washington 729 935 28.26%
West Virginia 27 0 -100.00%
Wisconsin 200 208 4.00%
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 .

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