What Is The Best City To Live In South Africa

What Is City To Live?

City Is a human settlement of a notable size. It can be defined as a permanent and densely settled place with administratively defined boundaries whose members work primarily on non-agricultural tasks. Cities generally have extensive systems for housing, transportation, sanitation, utilities, land use, production of goods, and communication. Their density facilitates interaction between people, government organizations, and businesses, sometimes benefiting different parties in the process, such as improving the efficiency of goods and service distribution.

Types Of Cities In South Africa?

This is a list of selected cities, towns, and other populated places in South Africa, ordered alphabetically by province. (See also city; urban planning.)

Eastern Cape

  • Alice
  • Butterworth
  • East London
  • Graaff-Reinet
  • Grahamstown
  • King William’s Town
  • Mthatha
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Queenstown
  • Uitenhage
  • Zwelitsha

Free State

  • Bethlehem
  • Bloemfontein
  • Jagersfontein
  • Kroonstad
  • Odendaalsrus
  • Parys
  • Phuthaditjhaba
  • Sasolburg
  • Virginia
  • Welkom


  • Benoni
  • Boksburg
  • Brakpan
  • Carletonville
  • Germiston
  • Johannesburg
  • Krugersdorp
  • Pretoria
  • Randburg
  • Randfontein
  • Roodepoort
  • Soweto
  • Springs
  • Vanderbijlpark
  • Vereeniging


  • Durban
  • Empangeni
  • Ladysmith
  • Newcastle
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Pinetown
  • Ulundi
  • Umlazi


  • Giyani
  • Lebowakgomo
  • Musina
  • Phalaborwa
  • Polokwane
  • Seshego
  • Sibasa
  • Thabazimbi


  • Emalahleni
  • Nelspruit
  • Secunda

North West

  • Klerksdorp
  • Mahikeng
  • Mmabatho
  • Potchefstroom
  • Rustenburg

Northern Cape

  • Kimberley
  • Kuruman
  • Port Nolloth

Western Cape

  • Bellville
  • Cape Town
  • Constantia
  • George
  • Hopefield
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Paarl
  • Simon’s Town
  • Stellenbosch
  • Swellendam
  • Worcester

What Is The Best City To Live In South Africa?

While Cape Town is the most popular city for expats, research by Mercer in 2016 showed Durban to have the best quality of life. Of the top 450 cities in the world, only three South African cities made the list: Durban (85th), Cape Town (92nd), and Johannesburg (95th).

Cape Town (South Western South Africa)

Many expats move to Cape Town with its rich vein of history, iconic landmarks, and modern amenities. In this guide, we’ll summarize some of the most popular areas of Cape Town for expats.

  • Atlantic seaboard (Camps Bay, Fresnaye, Bantry Bay, Clifton) – Popular with wealthy expats buying beachside homes, and close to the city center
  • City Bowl – An area with plenty of modern city amenities and good quality schools at the foot of Table Mountain
  • Bo Kaap/Waterkant – A blast of colour, with brightly painted houses and modern apartments. Home to the city’s Muslim community.
  • Constantia, Tokal & Bishopscourt – Grand gated properties in a prestigious area around 25 minutes from the city centre
  • Bloubergstrand/Blaauwberg Coast – Popular with watersports enthusiasts and with spectacular views
  • Hout Bay – Home to weekend commuters, pretty beaches and picturesque walking trails

Living in Durban (Eastern South Africa)

Durban is South Africa’s third-largest city, and is known for its beaches and warm, sunny climate. While the beachfront area is popular, it is also the noisiest part of the city. Rent costs and the overall cost of living in Durban are lower than in Cape Town. Larger properties can be found in Durban North, and Morningside is also popular with families moving to the city.

Towards the center, Musgrave and The Berea are among the most exclusive areas. A little further out, the suburb of Kloof is one of the most attractive choices for expats. Expats living in Durban can also experience good quality healthcare, with private facilities of a comparable standard to European countries.

Living in Johannesburg (North Eastern South Africa)

Johannesburg is the economic centre of South Africa, and can be a frenetic place to live. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there are gated communities in its more affluent suburbs. Rent prices in Johannesburg are lower than in equivalent major cities in the Western world. Some parts of the city do have high crime rates; expats in search of a higher quality of life tend to flock to the more exclusive neighborhoods.