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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

South Sudan population 2017

During 2017 South Sudan population is projected to increased by 535 771 people and reach 13 670 642 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 332 838. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be increased by 202 934 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who move into South Sudan (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants) will prevail over the number of people who leave the country to settle permanently in another country (emigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of South Sudan population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of South Sudan will be increased by 1 468 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of South Sudan 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of South Sudan was estimated to be 13 134 871 people. This is an increase of 4.08 % (514 774 people) compared to population of 12 620 097 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 319 793. Due to external migration, the population increased by 194 980. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.015 (1 015 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for South Sudan population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

South Sudan population density

South Sudan population density is 21.2 people per square kilometer as of March 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of South Sudan divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of South Sudan. The total area of South Sudan is 619 745 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

South Sudan age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates South Sudan had the following population age distribution:

45.9 51.5 2.6

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the South Sudan population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "South Sudan age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in South Sudan is 94.3 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in South Sudan must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 94.3 % shows that the pressure on productive population in South Sudan is very high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in South Sudan is 89.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in South Sudan is 5 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "South Sudan age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for South Sudan is 55.1 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 54.1 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 56 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 2 271 413 persons or 31.99% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in South Sudan are able to read and write. Accordingly about 4 828 511 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 38.62% (1 373 319 persons). 2 182 291 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 25.34% (898 094 persons). 2 646 220 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 46.89% and 41.74% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 44.33%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "South Sudan population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

South Sudan historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

South Sudan population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19512 592 119N/A %
19522 612 9360.80 %
19532 638 4890.98 %
19542 668 5061.14 %
19552 702 7251.28 %
19562 740 8931.41 %
19572 782 7691.53 %
19582 828 1241.63 %
19592 876 7461.72 %
19602 928 4461.80 %
19612 983 0781.87 %
19623 040 5511.93 %
19633 100 8381.98 %
19643 163 9722.04 %
19653 230 0132.09 %
19663 299 0112.14 %
19673 371 0042.18 %
19683 446 0452.23 %
19693 524 2072.27 %
19703 605 5882.31 %
19713 690 3222.35 %
19723 778 5762.39 %
19733 870 5282.43 %
19743 966 3612.48 %
19754 066 2852.52 %
19764 169 6782.54 %
19774 275 7622.54 %
19784 386 0662.58 %
19794 504 2892.70 %
19804 633 6362.87 %
19814 775 5343.06 %
19824 928 4273.20 %
19835 086 3843.21 %
19845 239 9913.02 %
19855 379 6332.66 %
19865 502 3562.28 %
19875 609 9791.96 %
19885 697 6621.56 %
19895 753 2380.98 %
19905 766 7480.23 %
19915 730 594-0.63 %
19925 646 173-1.47 %
19935 538 860-1.90 %
19945 454 736-1.52 %
19955 438 935-0.29 %
19965 518 4971.46 %
19975 695 5873.21 %
19985 949 8204.46 %
19996 245 5524.97 %
20006 545 7084.81 %
20016 830 4084.35 %
20027 100 5273.95 %
20037 366 4663.75 %
20047 642 0923.74 %
20057 942 1983.93 %
20068 272 7844.16 %
20078 630 5774.32 %
20089 012 0474.42 %
20099 415 8874.48 %
20109 839 8264.50 %
201110 283 2994.51 %
201210 745 3734.49 %
201311 217 2174.39 %
201411 682 4974.15 %
201512 125 4983.79 %
201612 620 0974.08 %
201713 134 8714.08 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.