The South African Census 2011 is provided to researchers by Statistics South Africa in two formats:
1. A 10% sample dataset at the level of Province, District and Municipality plus spatial data at Small Area level.
2. A database of Community Profiles at the level of Province, District, Municipality, Main Place, Sub-Place and Ward. This database is in proprietary software, SuperCross, which allows cross-tabulation and mapping of the data.
The South African Census Community Profile dataset is the Community Profiles database converted to Stata. This allows researchers to map the census data in software other than SuperCross, such as ArcGIS.
The original rounding of the data to base 3 has been retained to protect respondent confidentiality. The result of this is that totals may not always add up.
GIS data provided by Statistics SA at Small Area Layer level is available with this dataset.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
Units of analysis in the Census were households and individuals
v1: Edited, anonymised dataset for public distribution
The South African Census 2011 dealt with the following topics:
Household characteristics, including dwellling type, home ownership, household assets, access to services and energy sources;
Individuals' characteristics, including age, population group, language, citizenship, migration, fertility, mortality and economic characteristics of individuals, including employment status and employment activities. Questions on disability were replaced by General health and functioning questions.
The South African Census 2011 has national coverage. The lowest level of geographic aggregation of the data is small area layer.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Statistics South Africa. South African Census Community Profiles 2011 [dataset]. Version 1.Pretoria: Statistics SA [producer], 2014.Cape Town: DataFirst [distributor], 2015. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25828/6n0m-7m52