California vs South Africa (Statistical Comparison)

California is a state in the United States Of America located in the Western Region of the country, whereas South Africa is a country located in the Southern part of Africa. Today in this article, we will discuss the comparison between California and South Africa regarding various aspects.


Is California bigger than South Africa?

The total area of California is 163,696 sq mi, and the total area of South Africa is 471,445 sq mi. California is smaller than South Africa by 307,749 sq mi. California is around 2.88 times smaller than South Africa.

Area of California:  163,696 sq mi ( 423,970 km2 )

Area of California compared to South Africa

Area of South Africa:  471,445 sq mi ( 1,221,037 km2 )

Area of South Africa compared to California


According to the United States Census Bureau, the total population of California as of 1st July 2021 was estimated to be around 39,237,836.

Population of California compared to South Africa

Based on the Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, the total population of South Africa as of 12th April 2022, is estimated to be around 60,658,353.

Population of South Africa compared to California

Here is some more data comparison between California and South Africa.

The capital of California is Sacramento, and the capital city of South Africa is Cape Town.

Official Languages

California: English
South Africa: There are 11 official languages of South Africa.


California: Californian
South Africa: South African

ISO 3166 Code

California: US-CA
South Africa: ZA

Human Development Index

HDI of California as of 2019: 0.936
HDI of South Africa as of 2019: 0.709

California Time Zone: 

UTC – 8 (Pacific Time Zone)

UTC – 7 (Pacific Daylight Time)

South Africa Time Zone: 

UTC + 2 (South African Standard Time)

Geological Coordinates

Coordinates of California:
37° 0′ 0″ N, 120° 0′ 0″ W

Coordinates of South Africa:
30° 0′ 0″ S25° 0′ 0″ E

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