Uganda Population 2018

44,594,551

According to 2018 estimates, the population of Uganda is around 44.27 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.

Uganda Surface Area and Population Density

The total area that Uganda claims within their boundaries comes to 241,038 square kilometers. The density of the population overall is approximately 183 individuals per square kilometer.

While 84% of residents live in rural areas instead of the developing urban areas, the major cities still boast a large number of inhabitants. Consider Kampala with 1,353,189 residents and Gulu with 146,858.

Life Expectancy in Uganda

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 is 65 or older.

These statistics show that Uganda can boast about a large population that can be classified as a work force, which could in turn help in its growth and economic stability. 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

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. 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 17 seconds
One death every 1 minutes
One net migrant every 18 minutes
Net gain of one person every 22 seconds

Uganda Population in 2018Source: Omoo [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

About Uganda

Official NameRepublic of Uganda
Languages SpokenEnglish, Swahili
Is LandlockedYes
Latitude/Longitude132
Currencies UsedUganda Shilling
DemonymUgandan

Countries Bordering Uganda

Dr Congo
Kenya
Rwanda
South Sudan
Tanzania

Uganda Population Density

Uganda Top 20 Cities by Population

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

Uganda Population Clock

The population of Uganda (as of 9/22/2018)?44,594,551
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)44,270,563
Births Per Day4,953
Deaths Per Day1,014
Net Migrations Per Day -82
Net Change Per Day 3,857
Population Change Since January 1st1,022,105

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Estimate as of September 22nd 2018 is: 44,598,313

Uganda Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201844,270,56349.75%50.25%183.28323.28%
201742,862,95849.74%50.26%177.45333.31%
201641,487,96549.73%50.27%171.76333.35%
201540,144,87049.73%50.27%166.20333.43%
201033,915,13349.65%50.35%140.41373.51%
200528,543,94049.51%50.49%118.17383.49%
200024,039,27449.44%50.56%99.52413.19%
199520,550,29149.49%50.51%85.08453.34%
199017,438,90749.64%50.36%72.20473.55%
198514,646,62449.75%50.25%60.64503.14%
198012,549,54049.75%50.25%51.95523.00%
197510,827,14749.73%50.27%44.82522.77%
19709,446,06449.71%50.29%39.11563.34%
19658,014,40149.69%50.31%33.18613.38%
19606,788,21449.71%50.29%28.10652.85%
19555,898,83549.76%50.24%24.42652.72%
19505,158,19049.87%50.13%21.35650.00%

Uganda Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202047,187,70349.76%50.24%195.35300.00%
202555,085,46049.80%50.20%228.05283.14%
203063,842,36049.83%50.17%264.30262.99%
203573,386,50049.85%50.15%303.81222.83%
204083,604,96149.86%50.14%346.12202.64%
204594,406,65549.87%50.13%390.84192.46%
2050105,698,20149.88%50.12%437.58182.29%
2055117,362,21449.88%50.12%485.87162.12%
2060129,232,61049.88%50.12%535.01161.95%
2065141,152,60549.89%50.11%584.36151.78%
2070152,984,65449.90%50.10%633.35151.62%
2075164,580,10749.91%50.09%681.35151.47%
2080175,780,62949.92%50.08%727.72131.33%
2085186,426,39849.93%50.07%771.79131.18%
2090196,377,86049.93%50.07%812.99111.05%
2095205,526,04349.92%50.08%850.86100.91%
Data Sources
  1. Bureau of Statistics
  2. Bureau of Statistics
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1959, 1969, 1980, 1991, 2002 and 2014 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer