Uruguay - Population

The population of Uruguay in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 3,415,000, which placed it as number 126 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 13% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 25% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 94 males for every 100 females in the country in 2003. According to the UN, the annual population growth rate for 2000–2005 is 0.72%, with the projected population for the year 2015 at 3,683,000. The population density in 2002 was 19 per sq km (49 per sq mi), about double that of South America as a whole.

It was estimated by the Population Reference Bureau that 91% of the population lived in urban areas in 2001. The capital and only large city, Montevideo, had a population of 1,237,000 in that year. According to the United Nations, the urban population growth rate for 2000–2005 was 0.9%.

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