South Sudan Population 2015

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 of 2014 is estimated to be 11.73 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 Sudan">last census in South Sudan to survey religion, however, was held in the 1950s.

South Sudan Population Clock
What is the population of South Sudan (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2015) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 6,125
Deaths Per Day 1,875
Net Migrations Per Day 411
Net Change Per Day 4,661
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

South Sudan Population Indicators
Indicator Value World Ranking
Median (Average) Age 18.89 years 164th
Crude Birth Rate 34.384 births/thousand 24th
Crude Death Rate 10.526 deaths/thousand 42nd
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.307 people/thousand 28th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 57.69 years 171st
Life Expectancy (Male) 56.48 years 173rd
Life Expectancy (Female) 58.92 years 170th
Total Fertility Rate 4.537 children/woman 22nd
Net Reproduction Rate 1.834 surviving daughters/woman 26th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.04 males per female 142nd
Infant Mortality Rate 67.546 deaths/1,000 live births 12th
Under Five Mortality 104.538 deaths/thousand 16th
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.524 years 73rd
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations