South Sudan Population 2019

13,249,856

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 2019 is estimated to be 13.26 million, making it the 76th most populous country.

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 20 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

Official NameRepublic of South Sudan
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude730
Currencies UsedSSP
DemonymSouth Sudanese
Name Population Location
Juba450,000Map
Winejok300,000Map
Malakal160,765Map
Wau127,384Map
Pajok49,000Map
Yambio40,382Map
Yei40,382Map
Aweil38,745Map
Gogrial38,572Map
Rumbek32,083Map
Bor26,782Map
Torit20,048Map
Tonj17,338Map
Maridi14,224Map
Leer10,486Map
Tambura9,483Map
Bentiu7,653Map
Kapoeta7,042Map
Raja3,700Map
YirolMap

South Sudan Population Clock

The population of South Sudan (as of 6/16/2019)?13,249,856
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2019)13,263,184
Births Per Day1,253
Deaths Per Day372
Net Migrations Per Day 71
Net Change Per Day 952
Population Change Since January 1st158,984

South Sudan Population Estimator

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Estimate as of June 16th 2019 is: 13,249,042

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201913,263,18450.13%49.87%21.40762.66%
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%
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%
  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.

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