Rwanda Population 2024 (Live)

14,380,622

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.

Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
24,670
The current population of Rwanda is 14,380,622 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 14,414,910.

Rwanda Growth Rate

Rwanda Population Clock

Rwanda Population (as of 5/22/2024)14,380,622
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)14,414,910
Births per Day1,130
Deaths per Day226
Migrations per Day-25
Net Change per Day879
Population Change Since Jan. 1125,697

Components of Population Change

One birth every 1.27 minutes
One death every 6.37 minutes
One emigrant every 57.6 minutes
Net gain of one person every 1.63 minutes

Rwanda Population Clock

Rwanda Population Density Map

City
2024 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.

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202414,414,9102.35%5847620
202314,094,6832.38%5717620
202013,146,3622.43%5337623
201912,835,0282.42%5207623
201812,531,8082.46%5087624
201712,230,3392.51%4967624
201511,642,9592.46%4727524
201010,309,0312.69%4188126
20059,026,2992.16%3668828
20008,109,9897.36%3298930
19955,686,897-4.92%2319953
19907,319,9623.16%2978629
19856,266,7523.61%2549034
19805,247,5323.05%2139138
19754,515,7563%1839643
19703,896,3673.08%1589746
19653,348,6312.46%13610045
19602,966,1623.17%12010149
19552,537,9193.33%10310351

Rwanda Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
202414,414,9102.35%5847620
202514,737,2482.31%5977619
203016,375,7042.13%6647716
203518,040,2201.96%7317714
204019,724,0071.8%8007514
204521,391,5761.64%8677414
205023,030,0461.49%9347115
205524,610,5891.34%9987115
206026,105,5351.19%1,0587013
206527,490,9431.04%1,1146913
207028,759,7150.91%1,1666813
207529,915,4710.79%1,2136713
208030,954,6310.69%1,2556713
208531,866,3140.58%1,2926613
209032,649,2390.49%1,3236612
209533,299,3840.4%1,3506512

Rwanda Population by Year (Projections)

Rwanda Population Pyramid 2024

Rwanda Median Age

19.7

Total

18.9

Male

20.4

Female

Rwanda Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Rwanda.

Census Years

Year
Date
20222022
201230 August 2012
200230 August 2002
199115 August 1991

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.

Rwanda Population Rank 2024
Area (km²)
26,338
2024 Growth Rate
Capital
GDP (IMF '23)
$13.70
GDP (UN '22)
$13.31 Bn

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