The statistics show that Rwandans increased by 2.3% by the time the population census was conducted. Of these, 48.5% are men while 51.5% are women.
The increase corresponds to birth control methods that saw the fertility rate per woman falling to 3.6 births in 2022 from 4.0 in 2012, 5.9 in 2002, 6.9 in 1991 and 8.6 in 1978.
As per released figures, the fertility rate for a rural woman stands at 3.8 births and 3.2 for an urban woman.
The first census conducted in 1978, put the Rwandan population at about 4.8 million. The second census was conducted in 1991, with the population rising to 7.1 million. The population growth rate between 1978 and 1991 was 3.1 per cent.
The third census, in 2002, indicated that the population had grown to 8.1 million.
The previous one, which put the population at 10.5 million, was done in 2012.
They reside in 3,312,743 households with each comprised of 4 members.
Considering the source of income, 2.2 households (69%) depend on agriculture.
Meanwhile; 72.1% Rwandans live in rural areas while 27.9% dwell in urban areas.
The Eastern Province has the largest number of population representing 26.9% (3,563,145), followed by the Southern Province with 3,002,699 (22.7%), Western Province with 2,896,484 representing 21.9%, Northern Province with 2,038,511 (15.4%) while Kigali City has 1,745,555 representing 13.2%.
The census also indicated that the number of youth aged below 30 reduced from 70.3 in 2012 to 65.3% in 2022. The number is also projected to fall to 54.3% in 2050.
Meanwhile, the population aged between 16 and 64 increased from 53.4% in 2012 to 56/0% in 2022. The number is expected to go up to 61.4% in 2050.
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