Businesses in Soweto


Business Distribution by Industry
 Shopping: 19.1%
 Education: 14.6%
 Restaurants: 9.2%
 Industry: 6.5%
 Professional Services: 6.5%
 Food: 5.9%
 Hotels & Travel: 5.8%
 Medical: 5.5%
 Other: 26.9%
Industry DescriptionNumber of EstablishmentsAverage Google RatingBusinesses per 1,000 residents
Car repair413.90.0
Gas stations413.80.0
Beauty salons274.10.0
Preschools and kindergartens1003.90.1
Primary and elementary schools1064.00.1
Secondary education394.30.0
Loan companies523.50.1
Grocery stores and supermarkets553.60.1
General contractors344.30.0
Other accommodation373.80.0
Travel agencies333.80.0
Health and medical1463.80.1
Bars, pubs and taverns414.00.0
Clothing stores764.00.1
Department stores343.80.0
Electronics stores403.40.0
Household appliances and goods313.80.0
Pharmacies and drug stores363.90.0
Shopping other273.80.0
Area of Soweto, Gauteng75.3 km²
Male Population493,446 (49.5%)
Female Population503,783 (50.5%)
Population change from 1975 to 2015 +359.1%
Population change from 2000 to 2015 +56.5%
Median Age28
Male Median Age27.6
Female Median Age28.4
NeighborhoodsChiawelo, Dobsonville, Eldorado Park, Jabulani, Klipspruit, Orlando East, Orlando West, Protea Glen
Local TimeThursday 6:05 AM
TimezoneSouth Africa Standard Time
Weather7.5°C clear sky
Lat & Lng-26.26781° / 27.85849°
Postal Codes17171723180118031804More

Soweto, Gauteng - Map

Soweto, Gauteng Population

Years 1975 to 2015
Population Density2,883 / km²5,713 / km²8,458 / km²13,237 / km²
Sources: JRC (European Commission's Joint Research Centre) work on the GHS built-up grid

Soweto Population change from 2000 to 2015

Increase of 56.5% from year 2000 to 2015
LocationChange since 1975Change since 1990Change since 2000
Soweto, Gauteng+359.1%+131.7%+56.5%
South Africa+111.9%+48.1%+21.4%
Sources: JRC (European Commission's Joint Research Centre) work on the GHS built-up grid

Soweto, Gauteng Median Age

Median Age: 28 years
LocationMedian AgeMedian Age (Female)Median Age (Male)
Soweto, Gauteng28 years28.4 years27.6 years
Gauteng28.1 years28.2 years28.1 years
South Africa25.4 years26.3 years24.5 years
Sources: CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network)

Soweto, Gauteng Population Tree

Population By Age and Gender
Under 548,98747,85696,843
85 Plus1,4163,2474,664
Sources: CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network)

Soweto, Gauteng Population Density

Population Density: 13,237 / km²
LocationPopulationAreaPopulation Density
Soweto, Gauteng997,22975.3 km²13,237 / km²
Gauteng13.5 million18,178.3 km²743.9 / km²
South Africa54.3 million1,219,846.5 km²44.5 / km²
Sources: JRC (European Commission's Joint Research Centre) work on the GHS built-up grid

Soweto, Gauteng Historical and Projected Population

Estimated Population from 1900 to 2100
1. JRC (European Commission's Joint Research Centre) work on the GHS built-up grid
2. CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network)
3. [Link] Klein Goldewijk, K., Beusen, A., Doelman, J., and Stehfest, E.: Anthropogenic land use estimates for the Holocene – HYDE 3.2, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 9, 927–953,, 2017.

Area Codes

Percentage Area Codes used by businesses in Soweto
 Area Code 11: 68.1%
 Area Code 7: 17.5%
 Other: 14.4%

Business distribution by price for Soweto, Gauteng

 Inexpensive: 47.1%
 Moderate: 42.9%
 Expensive: 10%

Human Development Index (HDI)

Statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income.
Sources: [Link] Kummu, M., Taka, M. & Guillaume, J. Gridded global datasets for Gross Domestic Product and Human Development Index over 1990–2015. Sci Data 5, 180004 (2018) doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.4

Soweto, Gauteng CO2 Emissions

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions Per Capita in Tonnes Per Year
LocationCO2 EmissionsCO2 Emissions Per CapitaCO2 Emissions Intensity
Soweto, Gauteng10,479,838 t10.5 t139,115 t/km²
Gauteng126,172,862 t9.33 t6,940 t/km²
South Africa358,473,407 t6.6 t293.9 t/km²
Sources: [Link] Moran, D., Kanemoto K; Jiborn, M., Wood, R., Többen, J., and Seto, K.C. (2018) Carbon footprints of 13,000 cities. Environmental Research Letters DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aac72a

Soweto, Gauteng CO2 Emissions

2013 CO2 emissions (tonnes/year)10,479,838 t
2013 CO2 emissions (tonnes/year) per capita10.5 t
2013 CO2 emissions intensity (tonnes/km²/year)139,115 t/km²

Natural Hazards Risk

Relative risk out of 10
DroughtMedium (5)
* Risk, particularly concerning flood or landslide, may not be for the entire area.
1. Dilley, M., R.S. Chen, U. Deichmann, A.L. Lerner-Lam, M. Arnold, J. Agwe, P. Buys, O. Kjekstad, B. Lyon, and G. Yetman. 2005. Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
2. Center for Hazards and Risk Research - CHRR - Columbia University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN - Columbia University, and International Research Institute for Climate and Society - IRI - Columbia University. 2005. Global Drought Hazard Frequency and Distribution. Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).

Recent Nearby Earthquakes

Magnitude 3.0 and greater
2/28/198:56 PM4.96.1 km5,000 m6km WSW of Soweto, South
6/28/186:17 PM4.530.3 km5,000 m13km SSW of Westonaria, South
6/28/189:10 AM4.331.9 km5,000 m16km E of Fochville, South
3/17/1812:42 PM432.6 km5,000 m11km SW of Westonaria, South
2/20/189:23 AM4.57.8 km5,000 m7km SSW of Soweto, South
2/16/189:16 PM4.220.7 km5,000 m8km WNW of Orange Farm, South
1/23/1811:47 AM4.44.4 km5,000 m4km WSW of Soweto, South
7/24/179:18 PM4.431.4 km5,000 m14km E of Fochville, South
2/7/176:02 AM4.428.2 km5,000 m7km WNW of Westonaria, South
4/16/157:30 AM4.333.4 km5,000 m11km E of Fochville, South

Find historical earthquake occurrences near Soweto, Gauteng

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Soweto, Gauteng

Soweto (/səˈwɛtoʊ, -ˈweɪ-, -ˈwiː-/) is an urban area of the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city's mining belt in the south. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships. Formerly a separate mu..  ︎  Soweto Wikipedia Page

Postal Codes

Percentage of businesses by Postal Codes in Soweto
 Postal Code 1818: 19%
 Postal Code 1868: 13.1%
 Postal Code 1804: 10.6%
 Postal Code 1811: 10.3%
 Postal Code 1863: 8.1%
 Postal Code 1809: 7.6%
 Other: 31.4%

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