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POPULATION DENSITY
Population and Population Density
Municipality

Total Population

Area/Square km

Density

Mbashe

253380

3494

70

Mnquma

287772

2996

97

Great Kei

44462

1367

29

Amahlathi

139043

4555

30

Buffalo City

702890

4089

167

Ngqushwa

84234

1696

55

Nkonkobe

128655

3865

37

Nxuba

21821

4134

6

Amathole DM

1 664 260

26 196

63.5

 

About a third of the Amathole population is younger than 15 years, while a relatively low 5.6% is 65 years or older. Almost 60% of the District population is aged between 15 and 64. A high proportion of this group is economically active, possibly reflecting migration from rural to urban or semi-urban centres. The gender profile of the region is 47% male and 53% female.

About 66% of Amathole residences live in poverty. Most of these people are found in Buffalo City (701 890), Mbashe (253 380) and Mnquma (287 772). The highest proportion of people living in poverty is found in Mbashe (82.0%), Ngqushwa (79%), Mnquma (75.3%) and the Amahlathi (72.7%).