South Sudan Population 2018

12,964,461

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 2018 is estimated to be 12.92 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1 minutes
One death every 4 minutes
One net migrant every 18 minutes
Net gain of one person every 2 minutes

South Sudan Population in 2018Source: By Rigan123 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

About South Sudan

Official NameRepublic of South Sudan
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude730
Currencies UsedSSP
DemonymSouth Sudanese

South Sudan Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Juba450,000
Winejok300,000
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
Raja3,700
Yirol

South Sudan Population Clock

The population of South Sudan (as of 8/17/2018)?12,964,461
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)12,919,053
Births Per Day1,235
Deaths Per Day371
Net Migrations Per Day 82
Net Change Per Day 946
Population Change Since January 1st216,634

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Estimate as of August 17th 2018 is: 12,963,366

South Sudan Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201812,919,05350.12%49.88%20.85762.73%
201712,575,71450.10%49.90%20.29762.82%
201612,230,73050.09%49.91%19.74762.93%
201511,882,13650.08%49.92%19.17763.37%
201010,067,19249.99%50.01%16.24834.42%
20058,108,87749.89%50.11%13.08923.89%
20006,700,65649.81%50.19%10.81954.18%
19955,459,51949.75%50.25%8.81100-1.09%
19905,768,48149.71%50.29%9.31951.14%
19855,450,42449.70%50.30%8.79922.98%
19804,705,22449.73%50.27%7.59972.69%
19754,119,43849.78%50.22%6.65992.46%
19703,647,70949.87%50.13%5.891012.25%
19653,263,63850.01%49.99%5.271012.01%
19602,955,15250.23%49.77%4.771011.66%
19552,721,54450.54%49.46%4.39991.05%
19502,582,92951.00%49.00%4.17950.00%

South Sudan Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202013,610,00750.14%49.86%21.96760.00%
202515,395,47750.19%49.81%24.84762.50%
203017,254,36750.22%49.78%27.84762.31%
203519,182,89150.24%49.76%30.95742.14%
204021,189,20550.25%49.75%34.19722.01%
204523,257,01550.24%49.76%37.53691.88%
205025,366,22150.21%49.79%40.93691.75%
205527,488,84950.17%49.83%44.36681.62%
206029,590,03550.12%49.88%47.75671.48%
206531,640,61450.06%49.94%51.05661.35%
207033,613,66549.99%50.01%54.24651.22%
207535,488,17849.92%50.08%57.26641.09%
208037,245,86249.84%50.16%60.10640.97%
208538,866,97249.75%50.25%62.71640.86%
209040,334,62749.67%50.33%65.08600.74%
209541,642,88249.60%50.40%67.19580.64%
Data Sources
  1. National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)
  2. National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2008 censuses, adjusted for underenumeration, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer