Illinois vs South Africa (Statistical Comparison)

Illinois is a state in the United States of America located in the mid-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 Illinois and South Africa regarding various aspects.


Is Illinois bigger than South Africa?

The total area of Illinois is 57,915 sq mi, and the total area of South Africa is 471,445 sq mi. Illinois is smaller than South Africa by 413,530 sq mi. Illinois is around 8.14 times smaller than South Africa.

Area of Illinois: 57,915 sq mi ( 149,997 km2 )

Area of Illinois compared to South Africa

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

Area of South Africa compared to Illinois


According to the United States Census Bureau, the total population of Illinois as of 1st July 2021 was estimated to be around 12,671,469.

Population of Illinois compared to South Africa

Based on the Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data, the total population of South Africa as of 30th May 2022, is estimated to be around 60,761,723.

Population of South Africa compared to Illinois

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

The capital of Illinois is Springfield, and the capital city of South Africa is Cape Town.

Official Languages

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


Illinois: Illinoisan
South Africa: South African

ISO 3166 Code

Illinois: US-IL
South Africa: ZA

Human Development Index

HDI of Illinois as of 2019: 0.934
HDI of South Africa as of 2019: 0.709

Illinois Time Zone: 

UTC − 6 (Central Standard Time)

Summer (DST):
UTC − 5 (Central Daylight Time)

South Africa Time Zone: 

UTC + 2 (South African Standard Time)

Geological Coordinates

Coordinates of Illinois:
40° 2′ 30.12″ N, 89° 11′ 47.4″ W

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

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