South Africa 2011 Census

Census data provides unparalleled insight into the lives of individuals. In the first offering of its kind, East View presents the South Africa 2011 Census as part of the East View Global Census Archive (GCA). The South Africa 2011 Census addresses a wide range of topics at the highest level of detail possible and offers a premier source of demographic data for academic research.

When initially acquired, the South Africa census data is stored in a complex database structure, only viewable in SuperCROSS software, limiting access to those with significant database management and programming experience. East View simplifies access, formatting the collection into an easy-to-use geodatabase which can be visualized using any GIS software as well as providing a comprehensive guide. Additionally, East View provides the original census documentation, allowing researchers to see first-hand how the data was gathered.


The South Africa 2011 Census has 100% population coverage and over 78 million data points. The product consists of:

  • Geodatabase: Intuitive organization of census data; administrative boundary vector data at ADM 5 (Small-Area Level) for 84,907 census units
  • Shapefiles: All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide: Detailed descriptions for 921 census variables
  • Original Census Documentation and Database: Delivered in native format; census questionnaires
  • Metadata: Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Census Questions

Below is a representative sample of census questions included in the South Africa 2011 Census.

Demographic: Relationship / Sex / Age / Marital status / Ethnicity

Migration: Place of birth / Citizenship / Duration of residence / Place of previous residence / Usual residence

Social: Literacy / School attendance / Educational attainment / Field of education / Language / Disability

Economic: Activity status / Status in employment / Income / Institutional sector

Housing: Living quarters / Location of living quarters / Occupancy status / Ownership / Rooms / Bedrooms / Water supply system / Drinking water / Toilet / Sewage disposal / Kitchen / Fuel used for cooking / Lighting and/or electricity / Solid waste disposal / Heating / Hot water / Piped gas / Use of housing unit / Occupancy by one or more households / Number of occupants / Building type / Year or period of construction / Dwellings in the building / Information and communications technology devices / Durable household appliances

Transportation: Vehicles owned

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