Uganda population at record 37 million

June 24, 2013 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

Uganda population at record 37 million

Uganda had the second highest fertility rate and the fifth highest growth rate in the world in 2012. In only three years, three million Ugandans, many of who are unplanned, have been born into the country.

By Carol Natukunda

Uganda’s total population has grown to 37.5 million this year. This is up from 34.5 million in 2011.

By 2100, the population is expected to increase fivefold, pushing Uganda to the top 10 most populated nations in the world, according to the latest world population prospects by the United Nations Social and Economic Affairs Division in New York.

The gap between the number of males and females in Uganda is, however, bridging at 18.8 million and 18.7 million respectively.

The report also points out that the fertility rate of Ugandan women is at 5.9 children per woman, down from 6.7 in 2005. Uganda has the world’s second youngest population after Niger, the study notes.

Currently, the median age stands at 15.8, but it is projected to start rising again if there are no interventions to reduce the fertility rates.

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