Uganda Population clock (live)

22-06-2018 21:24:35
42,942,340
Current population
21,468,701
Current male population (50.0%)
21,473,639
Current female population (50.0%)
875,178
Births this year
4,725
Births today
205,170
Deaths this year
1,108
Deaths today
-16,630
Net migration this year
-90
Net migration today
653,378
Population growth this year
3,528
Population growth today

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

Quick facts about the population of Uganda


Current population (as of Friday, June 22 2018)
42,938,812
Total area
241,040 km2 (93,066 mi2)
Population density
178.1 per km2 (461.4 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
1.00 (21,468,701 men to 21,473,639 women)
Median age
15.8 years
Life expectancy
53.2 years (52.2 - men, 54.3 - women)
Literacy
73.9 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Uganda population 2018

During 2018 Uganda population is projected to increased by 1,379,043 people and reach 43,668,005 in the beginning of 2019. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 1,414,143. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 35,100 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Uganda to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2018

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Uganda population in 2018 will be the following:

The population of Uganda will be increased by 3,778 persons daily in 2018.

Demographics of Uganda 2017

As of 1 January 2018, the population of Uganda was estimated to be 42,288,962 people. This is an increase of 3.26 % (1,335,493 people) compared to population of 40,953,469 the year before. In 2017 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 1,369,484. Due to external migration, the population declined by 33,991. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.000 (1,000 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 2017.

Below are the key figures for Uganda population in 2017:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2018

Uganda population density

Uganda population density is 175.4 people per square kilometer (454.4/mi2) as of June 2018. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Uganda divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Uganda. The total area of Uganda is 241,040 km2 (93,066 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Religion in Uganda

ReligionNumber of followersPercentage of total population
Christianity37,227,95086.7
Islam4,937,96311.5
Religiously Unaffiliated214,6940.5
Hinduism128,8160.3
Other42,9390.1

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Friday, June 22 2018).

Uganda age structure

As of the beginning of 2018 according to our estimates Uganda had the following population age distribution:

49.9 48.1 2.1

- 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 Uganda 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 "Uganda 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 Uganda is 108 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Uganda must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 108 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Uganda 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 Uganda is 103.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Uganda is 4.3 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Uganda 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 Uganda is 53.2 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 52.2 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 54.3 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 15,663,138 persons or 73.87% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Uganda are able to read and write. Accordingly about 5,540,970 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 80.85% (8,569,090 persons). 2,029,792 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 66.89% (7,094,048 persons). 3,511,178 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 87.43% and 86.57% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 87%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Uganda historical population (1951 - 2018)

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

Uganda population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19515,233,433N/A %
19525,382,1072.84 %
19535,528,3922.72 %
19545,674,7262.65 %
19555,823,5212.62 %
19565,977,1762.64 %
19576,138,0732.69 %
19586,308,5412.78 %
19596,490,7792.89 %
19606,686,6573.02 %
19616,897,4203.15 %
19627,123,3923.28 %
19637,363,7833.37 %
19647,616,7963.44 %
19657,880,2793.46 %
19668,153,5623.47 %
19678,436,6903.47 %
19688,726,7493.44 %
19699,017,8203.34 %
19709,304,3993.18 %
19719,583,1953.00 %
19729,854,3432.83 %
197310,122,3322.72 %
197410,394,9852.69 %
197510,680,3492.75 %
197610,983,4222.84 %
197711,305,2572.93 %
197811,644,3463.00 %
197911,997,8143.04 %
198012,362,7163.04 %
198112,737,3813.03 %
198213,122,5783.02 %
198313,522,7883.05 %
198413,945,3213.12 %
198514,397,1523.24 %
198614,882,4153.37 %
198715,401,0093.48 %
198815,948,0283.55 %
198916,515,0183.56 %
199017,093,3143.50 %
199117,678,8993.43 %
199218,272,4783.36 %
199318,874,5943.30 %
199419,484,4633.23 %
199520,102,1173.17 %
199620,727,2183.11 %
199721,360,4833.06 %
199822,008,1553.03 %
199922,681,5853.06 %
200023,391,9973.13 %
200124,146,1523.22 %
200224,945,2313.31 %
200325,786,7773.37 %
200426,666,2513.41 %
200527,578,5783.42 %
200628,521,6693.42 %
200729,496,4423.42 %
200830,503,1933.41 %
200931,540,7763.40 %
201032,608,2713.38 %
201133,704,8803.36 %
201234,830,4813.34 %
201335,987,0043.32 %
201437,178,1793.31 %
201538,407,6773.31 %
201639,660,1513.26 %
201740,953,4693.26 %
201842,288,9623.26 %

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