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South Sudan Demographics Profile 2018

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Population13,026,129 (July 2017 est.)
Age structure0-14 years: 44.37% (male 2,947,277/female 2,831,822)
15-24 years: 20.56% (male 1,402,746/female 1,275,276)
25-54 years: 29.58% (male 1,869,480/female 1,983,504)
55-64 years: 3.39% (male 235,546/female 206,304)
65 years and over: 2.1% (male 151,166/female 123,008) (2017 est.)
Dependency ratiostotal dependency ratio: 83.7
youth dependency ratio: 77.3
elderly dependency ratio: 6.4
potential support ratio: 15.7 (2015 est.)
Median agetotal: 17.3 years
male: 17.2 years
female: 17.5 years (2017 est.)
Population growth rate3.83% (2017 est.)
Birth rate35.5 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate7.7 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Net migration rate10.6 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Urbanizationurban population: 19.3% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 3.91% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
Major cities - populationJUBA (capital) 321,000 (2015)
Infant mortality ratetotal: 62.8 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 67.3 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 58.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
Total fertility rate5.07 children born/woman (2017 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate4% (2010)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate2.7% (2016 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS200,000 (2016 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths13,000 (2016 est.)
Drinking water sourceimproved:
urban: 66.7% of population
rural: 56.9% of population
total: 58.7% of population
unimproved:
urban: 33.3% of population
rural: 43.1% of population
total: 41.3% of population (2015 est.)
Sanitation facility accessimproved:
urban: 16.4% of population
rural: 4.5% of population
total: 6.7% of population
unimproved:
urban: 83.6% of population
rural: 95.5% of population
total: 93.3% of population (2015 est.)
Major infectious diseasesdegree of risk: very high
food or waterborne disease: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever
vectorborne disease: malaria, dengue fever, trypanosomiasis-Gambiense (African sleeping sickness)
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis
animal contact disease: rabies (2016)
Nationalitynoun: South Sudanese (singular and plural)
adjective: South Sudanese
Ethnic groupsDinka 35.8%, Nuer 15.6%, Shilluk, Azande, Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, Didinga, Ndogo, Bviri, Lndi, Anuak, Bongo, Lango, Dungotona, Acholi, Baka, Fertit (2011 est.)
Religionsanimist, Christian
Demographic profileSouth Sudan, independent from Sudan since July 2011 after decades of civil war, is one of the world’s poorest countries and ranks among the lowest in many socioeconomic categories. Problems are exacerbated by ongoing tensions with Sudan over oil revenues and land borders, fighting between government forces and rebel groups, and inter-communal violence. Most of the population lives off of farming, while smaller numbers rely on animal husbandry; more than 80% of the populace lives in rural areas. The maternal mortality rate is among the world’s highest for a variety of reasons, including a shortage of health care workers, facilities, and supplies; poor roads and a lack of transport; and cultural beliefs that prevent women from seeking obstetric care. Most women marry and start having children early, giving birth at home with the assistance of traditional birth attendants, who are unable to handle complications.
Educational attainment is extremely poor due to the lack of schools, qualified teachers, and materials. Less than a third of the population is literate (the rate is even lower among women), and half live below the poverty line. Teachers and students are also struggling with the switch from Arabic to English as the language of instruction. Many adults missed out on schooling because of warfare and displacement.
Almost 2 million South Sudanese have sought refuge in neighboring countries since the current conflict began in December 2013. Another 1.96 million South Sudanese are internally displaced as of August 2017. Despite South Sudan’s instability and lack of infrastructure and social services, more than 240,000 people have fled to South Sudan to escape fighting in Sudan.
LanguagesEnglish (official), Arabic (includes Juba and Sudanese variants), regional languages include Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande, Shilluk
Literacydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 27%
male: 40%
female: 16% (2009 est.)
Education expenditures0.8% of GDP (2011)
Maternal mortality rate789 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight27.6% (2010)
Health expenditures2.7% of GDP (2014)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate6.6% (2014)

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on January 20, 2018

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