Main Place

De Aar

Quick Fact
  • 23,760

  • 5,356

  • 7,5%

  • 73,1%

  • 95,6%

  • 95,9%

De Aar was formally laid out as a town in 1902, after the railway station was established in 1881. The name of the town was taken from the farm on which it was established, and the farm in turn was named De Aar by its owner, Jan Gabriel Vermeulen, in 1839, referring to a vein (Dutch: aar) or subterranean watercourse located there. (GPS coordinates: 30.6784 S, 24.0315 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Characteristics
Total population23,760
Young (0-14)32%
Working Age (15-64)62,5%
Elderly (65+)5,5%
Dependency ratio60
Sex ratio96,6
Population density282 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+9,5%
Higher education aged 20+7,5%
Matric aged 20+27,8%
Number of households5,356
Average household size4,3
Female headed households39,7%
Formal dwellings95,8%
Housing owned/paying off67%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage95,9%
Weekly refuse removal94,2%
Piped water inside dwelling73,1%
Electricity for lighting95,6%

Place names

Emthanjeni Municipality