Uruguay Population 2018

3,463,881

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: Losdedos

Uruguay Population Pyramid 2018

0k5k10k15k20k25kUruguay Male Population0k5k10k15k20k25kUruguay Female Population10095908580757065605550454035302520151050

Uruguay Median Age

34.7


Total

33


Male

36.4


Female

Uruguay Population by Age

There are 2,577,583 adults in Uruguay.

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 1/20/2018)?3,463,881
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 1st665

Uruguay Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 13.878 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 9.383 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.866 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 77.72 years
Male Life Expectancy 74.13 years
Female Life Expectancy 81.06 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.979 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.946 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.05 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 11.044 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 13.143 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.685 years
Rate of Natural Increase 4.495

Uruguay Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20183,469,55148.33%51.67%19.171360.37%
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 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. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer