By Raymond Baguma
KAMPALA, Nov 20 — Provisional results of the recently conducted national population and housing census indicate that Uganda’s population has grown from 24,227,297 million in 2002 to 34,856,813 million in 2014.
The results, which were released here Tuesday by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, also show that females constitute the bigger percentage of the total population of Uganda, with 51 per cent, compared with males at 49 per cent.
The provisional results which were released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) cover population size, distribution, sex and residence up to the sub-county level. They show that Uganda’s population has increased by 10.7 million people since 2002.
The results show that there are 16,935,456 million males in Uganda, compared to 17,921,357 million females.
The national sex ratio stands at 94.5 males for every 100 females and the results show that the sex ratio has been declining over the previous censuses.
The districts with the lowest number of males compared with females include Kisoro, Mitooma, Maracha, Kabale, Kaabong, and Yumbe. In Kisoro, for example, there are 81 males for every 100 females.
On the other hand, in Kalangala, Buvuma, Nakaseke, Amudat and Kyankwanzi districts, the number of males outnumbers that of females. In Kalangala, there are 134.5 males for every 100 females.
UBOS Executive Director Ben Mungyereza said some outcomes of the census were still puzzling, such as reasons why the sex ratio was high in some districts of the country.
Overall, Uganda’s population is growing at an annual rate of 3.03 per cent. This is a drop from 3.2 per cent in 2002. At this rate, Uganda’s population is projected to increase to 35 million people by next year, and to 47.4 million people by 2025.
According to the population projection for those between 18 and 30 years of age, there will be one million more young women compared with young men by 2015.
UBOS conducted the census from Aug 28 to Sept 6 in order to provide statistics on individual bio-data, population size, distribution, fertility and mortality rates, areas of residence, occupation and socio-economic data such as reproductive behaviour, economic activities, education, schools and health facilities. Other information was related to marital status, housing and household characteristics.
SOURCE: NEW VISION