Uruguay Population 2022 (Live)

3,422,794
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By 2020, Uruguay is projected to have a population of 3.6 million residents.

Uruguay Population Growth

The population growth rate in Uruguay is below the worldwide average and is lower than many surrounding countries in Latin America. One reason for this is a low and stagnant birth rate of roughly 2 children born to the average woman. This in combination with a relatively high life expectancy of 70 years old for men and 76 years old for women, has created a disproportionately aging population that is more typical of a developed country than of one in Uruguay's economic condition. More people have been emigrating from the country than immigrating into it for several decades. All of these conditions have led to the low 2019 population growth rate 0f 0.36%.

Uruguay Population Projections

The conditions that have led to the low growth rate of today are not expected to improve in the years to come, and the population is expected to come to a standstill by 2050. It is likely that the net emigration will stay roughly the same and that the low birth rate and high life expectancy will be the strongest contributors to this. Current projections believe that the population of Uruguay will be roughly 3,494,387 in 2020, 3,594,299 in 2030, 3,650,962 in 2040, and 3,662,437 in 2050. After the year 2050, the population in Uruguay will likely begin to slowly decline.

The current population of Uruguay is 3,422,794 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2022 population at 3,422,794.

Uruguay Growth Rate

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Uruguay Population 2022 (Live)

Uruguay Population Clock

Uruguay Population (as of 9/18/2022)3,422,794
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2022)3,422,794
Births per Day20
Deaths per Day19
Migrations per Day-1
Net Change per Day
Population Change Since Jan. 1
  • Net decrease of 1 person every Infinity minutes

  • Population estimates based on interpolation of data from World Population Prospects

Components of Population Change

One birth every 72 minutes0%
One death every 76 minutes0%
One net migrant every 1440 minutes0%
Net gain of one person every Infinity minutes0%

Uruguay Population Clock

Name Population
Montevideo1,270,737
Salto99,823
Paysandu73,249
Las Piedras69,682
Rivera64,631
Maldonado55,478
Tacuarembo51,854
Melo51,023
Mercedes42,359
Artigas41,909

Uruguay Area and Population Density

Located in southeast South America along the Atlantic coast, the country of Uruguay had a population of 3.48 million as of 2019. The country is bordered by Argentina and Brazil and is the second-smallest nation in South America, covering 68,037 square miles (176,220 square kilometers) of area, making it the 91st largest country in the world. Most of the country's landscape is rolling plains and low hills, and there are 410 miles of beautiful coastline. In total, there are roughly 51 people per square mile (20 people per square kilometer) in Uruguay, which ranks 168th in the world in terms of population density.

Largest Cities in Uruguay

An impressive 95% of the population in Uruguay live in or around urban areas, and most of these people live in the capital city of Montevideo. Located on the southeast coast, it is the furthest city south in the Americas and nearly half of the nation's population live in the city alone with a population of 1.3 million. The quality of life is very high there and is a vibrant cultural center of the area. No other cities come close to Montevideo's population. The second-largest city is Salto with a population of 104,011. Other notable cities with populations slightly under 100,000 include Ciudad de la Costa, Paysandú and Las Piedras.

Uruguay Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
19552,366,2091.16%13.52108155
19602,529,0211.34%14.45108160
19652,680,4271.17%15.31109163
19702,790,2650.81%15.94113168
19752,871,9470.58%16.41117172
19802,953,7500.56%16.88123175
19853,024,2180.47%17.28126177
19903,117,0120.61%17.81128181
19953,208,3000.58%18.33130186
20003,292,2240.52%18.81128187
20053,317,6650.15%18.96131187
20103,352,6510.21%19.16133190
20153,402,8180.30%19.44134193
20173,422,2000.25%19.55133194
20183,427,0420.14%19.58133194
20193,428,4090.04%19.59133194
20203,429,0860.02%19.59133194
20213,426,2600.07%19.58133195
20223,422,7940.00%19.56133196

Uruguay Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20253,423,454-0.03%19.56134198
20303,423,372-0.00%19.56134201
20353,419,085-0.03%19.54135204
20403,405,741-0.08%19.46135204
20453,378,836-0.16%19.31138205
20503,337,143-0.25%19.07139206
20553,280,590-0.34%18.74139208
20603,211,142-0.43%18.35139208
20653,133,577-0.49%17.90139210
20703,048,764-0.55%17.42140212
20752,956,316-0.61%16.89140213
20802,854,915-0.70%16.31140213
20852,746,646-0.77%15.69140213
20902,633,471-0.84%15.05140213
20952,519,684-0.88%14.40140214
20233,423,108-0.02%19.56135196
20243,423,316-0.03%19.56134197

Uruguay Population by Year (Projections)

Uruguay Population Pyramid 2022

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Uruguay Median Age

35.5


Total

33.8


Male

37.3


Female

Uruguay Population by Age

There are 2,625,253 people over age 18 in Uruguay.

Census Years

Year Date
198523 October 1985
199622 May 1996
2004July 2004
201130 September 2011
20212021

Uruguay Population Pyramid

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.

Uruguay Demographics

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.

Uruguay Religion, Economy and Politics

Church and state are officially separated in Uruguay, and a significant 48% of its population are irreligious. Christianity is the most widely proclaimed faith, but even those that identify as Christian often are not active practitioners. Within the Christian community, 37.4% of the overall population are Catholic and 9.9% are Protestant, and the Protestants tend to be more active participants. The remaining population has small numbers that practice Umbanda or Judaism.

The economy is heavily export-oriented, particularly with beef and wool, with beef becoming the increasingly dominant industry in recent years. Plastics are another significant export coming out of the country and have made up a significant portion of their GDP. Travel and tourism is the third-largest industry in the country, making up roughly 10% of the GDP. Uruguay experienced an economic downturn in the early 2000s stemming largely from economic problems in bordering countries of Argentina and Brazil.

Uruguay Population History

Spanish explorer Juan Diaz de Solis came to the land that is now Uruguay and was killed by indigenous people, and no other countries attempted to come back until the Spanish came back and conquered the area in 1726 nearly 200 years later. Uruguay rebelled against the Spanish in 1808 after the Spanish monarchy was overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte, and soon after fought against Argentinians and Brazilians that invaded the area. Argentina and Brazil renounced claims over Uruguay in 1828 and they were finally able to form their constitution. Uruguay was neutral for the majority of both World Wars before joining the Allies at the end of World War II. The Uruguayan rugby team had a plane crash in 1972 which sixteen people famously survived by eating the flesh of those that died during the crash. Deteriorating economic conditions lead to fighting and government reform to the left in the latter portion of the 1900s.

Uruguay - General Info

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