Uruguay Population 2018

3,474,311

Uruguay sits in the southeastern area of South America and is the second-smallest country on the continent after Suriname. Until the late 17th century, the majority of the country was uninhabited until the establishment of a Portuguese settlement. The estimated 2018 population of Uruguay is 3.47 million, up from 3,320,000 in 2013.

The majority of the population -- an estimated 88% -- is of European descent. A 2008 survey requesting self-reporting of predominant ancestry found 95% chose European, 3.4% black/African, 1.1% indigenous and 0.1% Asian. A second study conducted the same year found 10% report some amount of Black or African ancestry, 5.5% are partially indigenous and 0.3% are partial Asian.

There are few direct descendants of the indigenous peoples left in the country, and most Uruguayans are of European origin descended from 19th and 20th century immigrants from Italy and Spain. Uruguay has one of the slowest growth rates in Latin America, in part due to its high median age, low birth rate and high emigration rate. Metro Montevideo is the only large city in the country with more than half the country's population, with the remaining urban people living in around 30 small towns.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 11 minutes
One death every 16 minutes
One net migrant every 180 minutes
Net gain of one person every 41 minutes

Uruguay Population in 2018Source: By Losdedos [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], from Wikimedia Commons

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

Uruguay Population Growth

By 2020, Uruguay is projected to have a population of 3.6 million residents.

About Uruguay

Official NameOriental Republic of Uruguay
Languages SpokenSpanish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-33-56
Currencies UsedUYI, Uruguay Peso
DemonymUruguayan

Countries Bordering Uruguay

Argentina
Brazil

Uruguay Population Density

Uruguay Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Montevideo1,270,737
Salto99,823
Paysandu73,249
Las Piedras69,682
Rivera64,631
Maldonado55,478
Tacuarembo51,854
Melo51,023
Mercedes42,359
Artigas41,909
Minas38,025
San Jose de Mayo36,529
Durazno33,926
Florida32,234
Barros Blancos31,650
Treinta y Tres25,653
Rocha25,515
San Carlos24,938
Pando24,047
Fray Bentos23,279

Uruguay Population Clock

The population of Uruguay (as of 11/13/2018)?3,474,311
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)3,469,551
Births Per Day132
Deaths Per Day89
Net Migrations Per Day -8
Net Change Per Day 35
Population Change Since January 1st11,095

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Estimate as of November 13th 2018 is: 3,474,213

Uruguay Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20183,469,55148.33%51.67%19.171360.37%
20173,456,75048.31%51.69%19.091360.37%
20163,444,00648.29%51.71%19.021360.36%
20153,431,55248.27%51.73%18.961360.34%
20103,374,41548.22%51.78%18.641340.29%
20053,325,61248.27%51.73%18.371330.03%
20003,321,24548.40%51.60%18.351280.59%
19953,224,80448.44%51.56%17.811270.73%
19903,109,98948.50%51.50%17.181270.64%
19853,011,90848.77%51.23%16.641240.65%
19802,915,77849.05%50.95%16.111220.60%
19752,830,17249.53%50.47%15.631190.14%
19702,809,80349.70%50.30%15.521130.84%
19652,694,53749.86%50.14%14.881081.20%
19602,538,65150.04%49.96%14.021081.36%
19552,372,56850.29%49.71%13.111081.17%
19502,238,50750.58%49.42%12.371060.00%

Uruguay Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20203,494,38748.38%51.62%19.301360.00%
20253,548,93848.51%51.49%19.601350.31%
20303,594,29948.64%51.36%19.851340.25%
20353,628,56448.76%51.24%20.041350.19%
20403,650,96248.86%51.14%20.171350.12%
20453,662,03648.97%51.03%20.231340.06%
20503,662,43749.09%50.91%20.231350.00%
20553,653,20249.21%50.79%20.18137-0.05%
20603,634,28349.33%50.67%20.08137-0.10%
20653,605,65149.42%50.58%19.92138-0.16%
20703,567,82349.49%50.51%19.71140-0.21%
20753,521,99849.54%50.46%19.45140-0.26%
20803,469,91549.58%50.42%19.17140-0.30%
20853,413,16549.61%50.39%18.85141-0.33%
20903,352,30449.63%50.37%18.52141-0.36%
20953,290,40549.66%50.34%18.18141-0.37%
Data Sources
  1. National Statistical Office (INE)
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1963, 1975, 1985, 1996, 2004, and 2011 censuses, with official estimates through 2016, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer