Uganda Population 2017

42,955,556

Uganda is one of the countries that houses rich ethnic diversity, which includes most of its population speaking three major languages - Bantu, Nilotic and Central Sudanic. According to 2017 estimates, the population of Uganda is around 42.86 million, up significantly from 2013’s estimate of 33,640,833. However, one should remain mindful that Uganda in these estimates takes notes of all mortality accounts that it experiences due to AIDS. As a result, these accounts can possibly affect all subsequent statistics such as infant mortality, life expectancy, higher death rates, and lower population growth rates, not to mention the changes in the distribution of the population by sex and age that would not be expected otherwise.

The life expectancy in the country is around 58.5 years, with the life expectancy of males being 56.7 years and 60.5 years for females. Due to the high marriage rate in the country, the age structure is skewed towards the younger generations with 48.47% of the Ugandaís population being in the 0-14 year-old age group. After that, 28.34% of the population of Uganda is in the 25-64 year age group. Lastly, 21.16% of the total population is dominated by the 15-24 year age group. Just 2.04% of the population s 65 or older.

These statistics show that Uganda can boast about a large population that can be classified as a work force, which can in turn help in its growth. However, with a huge percentage of the population that is so young (0-14 years old), it could prove to be a grave situation for the country because it has to provide for these children and make sure that it can control its high birth rate. The Total Fertility Rate (TFR), which is described as the number of children per woman, of Uganda is one of the highest in the region and has remained on average around 6.9 in the past decade. As of 2016, the fertility rate for the country is 6.

Uganda Demographics

Furthermore, the number of ethnic groups present in Uganda is very large, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the region. The main ethnic group is called the Ganda, which makes up 16.9% of the population, followed by the Nkole, Soga and Kiga tribes, which make up 9.5%, 8.4% and 6.9% respectively. There are many other tribes; however, they constitute a very small percentage of the total population.

The inhabitants of Uganda are mainly Roman Catholic and make up 39.3% of the total population. Anglican, Muslim and Pentecostal believers represent 32%, 13.7% and 11.1% of the total population respectively.

The rich ethnic, cultural and religious diversity sets Uganda apart. As it is a developing nation, it does house significant working class age groups that can help in its economic growth. Nevertheless, it is imperative that it provides suitable opportunities for its residents. Most importantly, as its sex ratio is roughly 1:1 with males housing a very slender majority, it can become a country that relies strongly on its women in all aspects of life. This in turn can help its image to flourish, while giving it another avenue for growth. The country’s women can partake in any responsibilities that are required in any development sector in Uganda.

Uganda Population in 2018Source: User:Omoo

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

Uganda Population Growth

About Uganda

Official NameRepublic of Uganda
Languages SpokenSwahili, English
BordersCOD, KEN, RWA, SSD, TZA
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude132
Currencies UsedUGX

Uganda Population Density

Name Population
Kampala1,353,189
Gulu146,858
Lira119,323
Mbarara97,500
Jinja93,061
Bwizibwera79,157
Mbale76,493
Mukono67,290
Kasese67,269
Masaka65,373
Entebbe62,969
Njeru61,952
Kitgum56,891
Soroti56,400
Arua55,585
Iganga45,024
Kabale43,500
Busia43,200
Fort Portal42,670
Mityana41,131
Tororo40,400
Hoima39,625
Lugazi35,036
Masindi31,486
Pallisa30,745
Nyachera30,509
Nebbi30,354
Adjumani28,700
Paidha28,348
Luwero28,338
Wobulenzi24,415
Yumbe24,300
Namasuba22,507
Bugiri22,500
Kayunga21,704
Wakiso20,530
Mubende18,936
Moyo18,800
Kotido18,800
Kyenjojo18,600
Kireka17,947
Kamwenge17,169
Bundibugyo16,919
Ntungamo16,915
Busembatia15,889
Ntungamo15,300
Buwenge15,130
Kanungu14,600
Kiboga14,512
Sironko14,000
Rukungiri14,000
Kamuli12,764
Kisoro12,400
Apac11,776
Pader11,600
Bugembe11,598
Mayuge11,503
Bweyogerere11,473
Kumi11,400
Kapchorwa11,300
Pader Palwo11,152
Mpigi11,082
Moroto10,300
Kyotera8,472
Lyantonde8,039
Kilembe7,914
Masindi Port7,828
Byakabanda7,608
Kajansi7,530
Nakasongola6,921
Kigorobya5,420
Kibale5,200
Margherita5,109

Uganda Population Clock

What is the population of Uganda (as of 11/15/2017)?42,955,556
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)42,862,958
Births Per Day952
Deaths Per Day199
Net Migrations Per Day -82
Net Change Per Day 671
Population Change Since January 1st214,049

Uganda Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 41.615 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 8.711 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.707 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 60.537 years
Male Life Expectancy 58.515 years
Female Life Expectancy 62.606 years
Total Fertility Rate 5.501 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 2.316 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 56.315 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 85.06 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.034 years
Rate of Natural Increase 32.862
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 20.863%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 22.925%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 18.728%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 34.808%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 38.554%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 30.869%
Median Age (Total) 15.7 years
Median Age (Female) 15.8 years
Median Age (Male) 15.6 years

Uganda Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201742,862,95849.74%50.26%1773.33%
201540,144,87049.73%50.27%1663.43%
201033,915,13349.65%50.35%1403.51%
200528,543,94049.51%50.49%1183.49%
200024,039,27449.44%50.56%1003.19%
199520,550,29149.49%50.51%853.34%
199017,438,90749.64%50.36%723.55%
198514,646,62449.75%50.25%613.14%
198012,549,54049.75%50.25%523.00%
197510,827,14749.73%50.27%452.77%
19709,446,06449.71%50.29%393.34%
19658,014,40149.69%50.31%333.38%
19606,788,21449.71%50.29%282.85%
19555,898,83549.76%50.24%242.72%
19505,158,19049.87%50.13%210.00%

Uganda Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202047,187,70349.76%50.24%1950.00%
202555,085,46049.80%50.20%2283.14%
203063,842,36049.83%50.17%2642.99%
203573,386,50049.85%50.15%3042.83%
204083,604,96149.86%50.14%3462.64%
204594,406,65549.87%50.13%3912.46%
2050105,698,20149.88%50.12%4382.29%
2055117,362,21449.88%50.12%4862.12%
2060129,232,61049.88%50.12%5351.95%
2065141,152,60549.89%50.11%5841.78%
2070152,984,65449.90%50.10%6331.62%
2075164,580,10749.91%50.09%6811.47%
2080175,780,62949.92%50.08%7281.33%
2085186,426,39849.93%50.07%7721.18%
2090196,377,86049.93%50.07%8131.05%
2095205,526,04349.92%50.08%8510.91%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer