South Sudan Population (LIVE)

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South Sudan Population (1950 - 2024)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of South Sudan is 11,209,013 as of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data 1.
  • South Sudan 2023 population is estimated at 11,088,796 people at mid year.
  • South Sudan population is equivalent to 0.14% of the total world population.
  • South Sudan ranks number 86 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in South Sudan is 18 per Km2 (47 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 610,952 Km2 (235,890 sq. miles)
  • 28.0 % of the population is urban (3,109,689 people in 2023)
  • The median age in South Sudan is 16.7 years.
1. Updated on July 16, 2023 with the latest July 2023-July 2024 estimates from the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Population of South Sudan (2024 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth Sudan
Global Rank
2024 11,277,092 1.70 % 188,296 -20,713 17.1 4.14 18 28.7 % 3,241,033 0.14 % 8,118,835,999 85
2023 11,088,796 1.61 % 175,632 -23,291 16.7 4.25 18 28.0 % 3,109,689 0.14 % 8,045,311,447 86
2022 10,913,164 1.53 % 164,892 -30,694 16.4 4.34 18 27.3 % 2,984,030 0.14 % 7,975,105,156 86
2020 10,606,227 1.52 % 158,561 -74,415 15.8 4.54 17 25.9 % 2,749,061 0.14 % 7,840,952,880 86
2015 11,194,299 2.88 % 295,976 -160,109 17.2 4.94 18 20.0 % 2,240,020 0.15 % 7,426,597,537 80
2010 9,714,419 4.86 % 410,353 299,400 17.4 5.38 16 18.5 % 1,797,991 0.14 % 6,985,603,105 88
2005 7,662,654 4.62 % 309,643 132,868 15.7 6.17 13 18.2 % 1,391,012 0.12 % 6,558,176,119 94
2000 6,114,440 2.89 % 162,48074,224 15.4 7.51 10 18.1 % 1,105,850 0.10 % 6,148,898,975 100
1995 5,302,042 2.22 % 110,245 17,077 15.4 7.96 9 16.3 % 866,570 0.09 % 5,743,219,454 102
1990 4,750,817 0.19 % 8,768 12,993 16.1 7.99 8 16.1 % 765,828 0.09 % 5,316,175,862 106
1985 4,706,975 2.34 % 102,993 0 16.2 7.77 8 11.4 % 536,559 0.10 % 4,861,730,613 102
1980 4,192,012 2.43 % 94,747 0 16.6 6.85 7 9.6 % 400,849 0.09 % 4,444,007,706 103
1975 3,718,279 2.15 % 75,174 0 16.8 6.92 6 9.5 % 353,282 0.09 % 4,069,437,231 105
1970 3,342,410 1.23 % 39,758 0 17.2 6.88 5 9.4 % 314,909 0.09 % 3,695,390,336 105
1965 3,143,622 1.57 % 47,180 0 17.9 6.80 5 9.0 % 283,626 0.09 % 3,337,111,983 101
1960 2,907,724 1.53 % 42,475 0 18.0 6.72 5 8.9 % 258,524 0.10 % 3,019,233,434 102
1955 2,695,349 1.58 % 40,654 0 17.9 6.68 4 8.9 % 239,670 0.10 % 2,746,072,141 101
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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South Sudan Population Forecast

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YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSouth Sudan
Global Rank
2025 11,473,439 1.58 % 173,442 -18,904 17.4 4.05 19 29.4 % 3,378,254 0.14 % 8,191,988,453 84
2030 12,570,402 1.84 % 219,393 -8,773 19.2 3.65 21 33.1 % 4,163,609 0.15 % 8,546,141,327 82
2035 13,850,995 1.96 % 256,119 -4,977 21.0 3.30 23 37.1 % 5,136,964 0.16 % 8,879,397,401 80
2040 15,134,633 1.79 % 256,728 -5,000 22.6 3.01 25 41.6 % 6,289,840 0.16 % 9,188,250,492 80
2045 16,343,904 1.55 % 241,854 -5,000 23.3 2.79 27 46.6 % 7,619,840 0.17 % 9,467,543,575 79
2050 17,460,846 1.33 % 223,388   24.1 2.64 29 52.3 % 9,131,580 0.18 % 9,709,491,761 78
Source: Worldometer (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

South Sudan Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of South Sudan
Life Expectancy
56.51 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
57.3
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
89.7
(per 1,000 live births)
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Main Cities by Population in South Sudan

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Juba 450,000
2 Winejok 300,000
3 Malakal 160,765
4 Wau 127,384
5 Pajok 49,000
6 Yambio 40,382
6 Yei 40,382
7 Aweil 38,745
8 Gogrial 38,572
9 Rumbek 32,083
10 Bor 26,782
11 Torit 20,048
12 Tonj 17,338

See also

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Notes

The South Sudan Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of South Sudan delivered by Worldometer's RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of South Sudan (1950 - 2023) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2023.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2023. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2023: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2023: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by South Sudan in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.