South Sudan Population 2017

12,733,454

Accurate South Sudan population statistics are difficult to obtain, a fact which is probably not surprising when you consider that it only gained independence from Sudan on the 9th of July 2011, and is one of the world’s newest countries.

A 2008 census showed that the population of South Sudan was 8,260,490. However, this figure is hotly disputed because the census was conducted by the Sudanese Government of the time and is believed by many to have been manipulated for political reasons.

As the distribution of wealth between Sudan and South Sudan at the point of independence was determined in part by their relative populations, the government in Khartoum had an incentive to manipulate the figures. Additional criticisms of the 2008 Sudan population census were that it excluded the South Sudanese diaspora, that poor weather and communication conditions had prevented some people from being surveyed, and that the Sudanese Government had refused to share the raw population data from the census with the Government of South Sudan.

It is estimated that around 11% of South Sudanese people were not surveyed, which, if correct, would mean that the population of South Sudan in 2008 was around 9.28 million people. The South Sudan population in 2011 was considerably higher - perhaps as much as 10-12 million. Today, the population in 2017 is estimated to be 12.58 million.

South Sudan Demographics

There are more than 60 ethnic groups in South Sudan, including the Dinka, and also many different languages spoken. The vast majority of people in South Sudan speak one of the Nilo-Saharan languages, but the official language is English, and this is also fairly widely spoken.

Data on religion in South Sudan is also extremely limited. As well as indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam have prospered in South Sudan. The last census in South Sudan to survey religion, however, was held in the 1950s.

South Sudan Population in 2018Source: Aguek

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

South Sudan Population Growth

About South Sudan

Official NameRepublic of South Sudan
Languages SpokenEnglish
BordersCAF, COD, ETH, KEN, SDN, UGA
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude730
Currencies UsedSSP

South Sudan Population Density

Name Population
Juba300,000
Malakal160,765
Wau127,384
Pajok49,000
Yei40,382
Yambio40,382
Aweil38,745
Gogrial38,572
Rumbek32,083
Bor26,782
Torit20,048
Tonj17,338
Maridi14,224
Leer10,486
Tambura9,483
Bentiu7,653
Kapoeta7,042
Kajok

South Sudan Population Clock

What is the population of South Sudan (as of 12/12/2017)?12,733,454
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)12,575,714
Births Per Day1,212
Deaths Per Day368
Net Migrations Per Day 112
Net Change Per Day 956
Population Change Since January 1st330,776

South Sudan Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 35.758 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.886 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.432 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 57.02 years
Male Life Expectancy 55.988 years
Female Life Expectancy 58.07 years
Total Fertility Rate 4.819 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.928 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.04 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 68.238 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 107.813 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.61 years
Rate of Natural Increase 24.872
Median Age (Total) 17.1 years
Median Age (Female) 17.3 years
Median Age (Male) 17 years

South Sudan Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201712,575,71450.10%49.90%20762.88%
201511,882,13650.08%49.92%19763.37%
201010,067,19249.99%50.01%16834.42%
20058,108,87749.89%50.11%13923.89%
20006,700,65649.81%50.19%11954.18%
19955,459,51949.75%50.25%9100-1.09%
19905,768,48149.71%50.29%9951.14%
19855,450,42449.70%50.30%9922.98%
19804,705,22449.73%50.27%8972.69%
19754,119,43849.78%50.22%7992.46%
19703,647,70949.87%50.13%61012.25%
19653,263,63850.01%49.99%51012.01%
19602,955,15250.23%49.77%51011.66%
19552,721,54450.54%49.46%4991.05%
19502,582,92951.00%49.00%4950.00%

South Sudan Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202013,610,00750.14%49.86%22760.00%
202515,395,47750.19%49.81%25762.50%
203017,254,36750.22%49.78%28762.31%
203519,182,89150.24%49.76%31742.14%
204021,189,20550.25%49.75%34722.01%
204523,257,01550.24%49.76%38691.88%
205025,366,22150.21%49.79%41691.75%
205527,488,84950.17%49.83%44681.62%
206029,590,03550.12%49.88%48671.48%
206531,640,61450.06%49.94%51661.35%
207033,613,66549.99%50.01%54651.22%
207535,488,17849.92%50.08%57641.09%
208037,245,86249.84%50.16%60640.97%
208538,866,97249.75%50.25%63640.86%
209040,334,62749.67%50.33%65600.74%
209541,642,88249.60%50.40%67580.64%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer