Atlas of Urban Expansion

Port Elizabeth
South Africa
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
2013 Population
952,747
2013 Urban Extent
27,051
hectares
2013 Density
35
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Port Elizabeth in 2013 was 952,747, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.2% since 2001. The population of Port Elizabeth in 2001 was 645,910, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.5% since 1990, when its population was 608,113.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Port Elizabeth in 2013 was 27,051 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 3.1% since 2001. The urban extent in 2001 was 18,573 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.9% since 2001, when its urban extent was 16,727 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Port Elizabeth in 2013 was 53 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.1% since 2001. The built-up area density in 2001 was 53 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.9% since 1990 when the built-up area density was 58.76 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Port Elizabeth in 2013 was 35 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.1% since 2001. The urban extent density in 2001 was 35 persons per hectare, decreasing at an average annual rate of -0.4% since 1990 when the urban extent density was 36 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 8,588 hectares of built-up area was added to the Port Elizabeth urban extent between 2001 and 2013. Of that added built-up area, 12% was Infill, 13% was Extension, 9% was Leapfrog, and 66% was Inclusion. A total of 1,788 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1990 and 2001. Of that added built-up area, 48% was Infill, 41% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 11% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Port Elizabeth 1990-2014 expansion area was 4.76 meters, compared to 10.59 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Port Elizabeth occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 17%, compared to 25% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Port Elizabeth's 1990-2014 expansion was 0.89 km/km2, compared to 1.06 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Port Elizabeth's 1990-2014 expansion area was 71%, compared to 81% in the pre-1990 area.

1990-2001  2001-2013
1990-2001  2001-2013
1990-2001  2001-2013

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Port Elizabeth's 1990-2014 expansion area was 2.52 hectares, compared to 5.44 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1990-2001  2001-2013