Living in Johannesburg

Did you know – Johannesburg was voted most popular city in Africa. This is what the The third annual MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index revealed.

Where to live in Johannesburg

Johannesburg has a population of 3.2 million people, half of which live in Soweto and adjacent suburbs. The city is the economic hub of South Africa, and increasingly for the rest of Africa. In fact, the third annual MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index revealed that Johannesburg is the most popular destination in Africa. Although estimates vary, about 10% of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is generated in Johannesburg. Yet the city’s wealth is unequally distributed among its inhabitants causing the city to have, within its own borders, living conditions varying from first world standards to third world conditions. The contrast between rich and poor has led to one of the highest crime rates in the world.

When searching for an apartment, flat or house to rent in Johannesburg you will need to spend considerably more time searching and planning where you want to live than if you lived in Cape Town. When choosing a location you need to consider where you work and how much time you want to spend in traffic. Compared to Cape Town, Johannesburg is geographically a lot bigger and you will spend more time commuting between your work, home and for going out.

As Johannesburg is so big we have chosen to cover only a few suburbs; for more information we suggest consulting a map or searching on the internet.

Central Johannesburg
Southern suburbs

This guide is by no means an exhaustive list of where to live in South Africa’s Johannesburg, but is designed to give you a short and insightful glimpse of where to live when you immigrate to South Africa