South Africa

South Africa Geography Stats


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative slightly less than twice the size of Texas 2013
Area > Comparative to US places slightly less than twice the size of Texas 2008
Area > Land 1.22 million sq km 2008 25th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 25.01 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 67th out of 224
Area > Total 1.22 million sq km 2013 26th out of 251
Area > Water 4,620 sq km 2013 69th out of 246
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 495 2008 134th out of 169
Climate mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights 2013
Coastline 2,798 km 2014 43th out of 242
Geographic coordinates 29 00 S, 24 00 E 2013
Land area > Square miles 470,693 square miles 2013 15th out of 86
Land use > Arable land 9.87% 2013 107th out of 246
Location Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa 2013
Natural resources gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, rare earth elements, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt, natural gas 2013
Terrain vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014


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South Africa Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 13 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Maritime claims 6
Land area 3 Surface area 3
  • South Africa ranked #11 for area > total amongst Christian countries in 2013.