SOCR 2004

The 2004 State of the Cities Report – the first of its kind – takes a hard look at the forces that have transformed the country’s largest cities since 1994 and asks what can cities expect should the current trends continue.


The report analyses key trends that affect the cities, how these trends are likely to evolve over time and what challenges and opportunities will arise. It assesses how city stakeholders are responding to these winds of change and acknowledges the important efforts that city leaders and decision makers are already making. Finally, it speculates on how various trends may unfold, and the likely medium to longer-term outcome.

2004 State of Cities Report (Full Version)



The State of South African Cities 2004: introduction.

Social trends and the inclusive city

City population trends

Economic trends & the productive city

Urban environment trends and the sustainable city


State of Cities 2011 report

Lessons from the State of the Cities reporting process (2010/11)

Good practice guide and toolkit for State of the Cities reporting (2008)

State of Cities 2006 report