Rwanda Population 2020 (Live)

13,076,610
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According to current projections, Rwanda’s population is estimated to continue growing the rest of the century and reach 33.35 million people by 2099. The population, which currently sits at 12.95 million in 2020, is projected to surpass 20 million people in 2042 and 30 million people in 2076.

Rwanda’s population grew 2.58% from 2019 to 2020, adding about 325,000 people to the population. The fertility rate in Rwanda is 4.10 births per woman, which is boosting the population growth despite negative net migration. The fertility rate is currently on a declining trend, which will lead to the slowing of the population growth rate as well.

Rwanda’s high population growth has put an increased demand on food, infrastructure, and services that Rwanda is not yet equipped to provide for a fast-growing population. The government has made efforts around family planning to decrease the fertility rate and slow the population growth.

The current population of Rwanda is 13,076,610, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 12,952,218.

Rwanda Growth Rate

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Rwanda Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Kigali745,261
Butare89,600
Gitarama87,613
Musanze86,685
Gisenyi83,623
Byumba70,593
Cyangugu63,883
Kibuye48,024
Rwamagana47,203
Kibungo46,240

Rwanda Area and Population Density

Rwanda is a landlocked nation found in east Africa between Uganda and Burundi and covers 10,169 square miles (26,338 square kilometers) of surface area. For such a small nation, Rwanda is very densely populated. Using the 2019 population of 12.63 million people, the population density of Rwanda is 1242.0 people per square mile (479.5 people per square kilometer), which ranks 14th</sup in the world.

Largest Cities in Rwanda

There are very few major towns in Rwanda, with only 17% of the population living in urban areas. The capital city of Kigali is by far the largest city with a population of 745,261, and more than a million people living in the greater metropolitan area. The city is the economic center of the country but also served as the headquarters of the Rwandan Genocide that occurred in 1994. Other larger towns are Gitarama, Butare, Ruhengeri, and Gisenyi, all with less than 100,000 people.

Rwanda Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202012,952,2182.58%525.027624
201912,626,9502.64%511.837624
201812,301,9702.68%498.667625
201711,980,9612.67%485.657625
201611,668,8272.64%473.007625
201511,369,0712.52%460.857626
201010,039,3382.58%406.958327
20058,840,2152.19%358.348929
20007,933,6816.33%321.599231
19955,836,495-4.35%236.589650
19907,288,8823.47%295.468530
19856,146,8913.59%249.169134
19805,153,3123.38%208.899138
19754,364,7063.04%176.929644
19703,757,3583.04%152.309948
19653,235,5311.97%131.1510148
19602,935,5823.04%118.9910150
19552,527,2942.94%102.4410453
19502,186,1850.00%88.6210957

Rwanda Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
202012,952,2182.58%525.027624
202514,576,9852.39%590.887621
203016,234,3872.18%658.067618
203517,921,5212.00%726.457516
204019,633,8641.84%795.867616
204521,357,1991.70%865.727417
205023,048,0051.54%934.257217
205524,671,9821.37%1000.087116
206026,191,9231.20%1061.696915
206527,589,1661.04%1118.336815
207028,851,4160.90%1169.496715
207529,974,8680.77%1215.036615
208030,959,0680.65%1254.936514
208531,801,8630.54%1289.096414
209032,495,5320.43%1317.216313
209533,031,1930.33%1338.926313

Rwanda Population by Year (Projections)

Rwanda Population Pyramid 2020

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Rwanda Median Age

19


Total

18.3


Male

19.8


Female

Rwanda Population by Age

There are 6,793,877 adults in Rwanda.

Rwanda Population Pyramid

Rwanda is a sovereign state in central Africa with a widely varied geography. Rwanda has one of the highest population densities in Africa (1,060/sq mi) with a young, mostly rural population.

Rwanda Religion, Economy and Politics

94% of the people in Rwanda practice some form of Christianity, making it the dominant religion by far. Of the remaining population, 4.6% practice Islam, and 1.4% practice something else. Of the 94% of the population that is Christian, 56.9% are Catholic, 26.0% are Protestant, and 11.1% are Seventh-Day Adventists. Within the small percentage of people that practice other religions, there are a few secretive and small groups of Buddhists and Hindus- most of which have immigrated from elsewhere.

Since the turn of the 21st century, Rwanda has been experiencing significant economic growth- largely due to policy reform. Unfortunately, it is projected that the current growth is unsustainable because the foundation of the government is institutionally weak. The main industries within Rwanda are agriculture, energy, industry, and tourism.

Rwanda Population History

Rwanda was first settled by hunter-gatherers, then Bantu settlers. In 1884, Germany colonized the country, then Belgium during WWI. In 1959, the Hulu people revolted, massacring a large number of Tutsi people and establishing a new state three years later. The Tutsi launched a civil war in 1990, then a genocide in 1994 in which Hutu extremists killed up to one million Tutsi and Hutu.

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