Juba serves as the capital city for the Republic of South Sudan, a landlocked country in northeast Africa that became an independent state on July 9, 2011. Juba is also the capital of Jubek State, one of South Sudan’s 28 states.
South Sudan has one of the world’s lowest literacy rates with just 27% of the total population age 15 or over able to read and write. At 19.1%, only Niger has worse literacy scores according to the Central Intelligence Agency.
South Sudan exported US$1.5 billion worth of products around the globe in 2016. By far, South Sudan’s highest-value export is crude oil as shown by International Trade Centre statistics. Smaller-scale exports from South Sudan include oil seeds, dried vegetables and cotton.
Capital Facts for Juba, South Sudan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Main Mosque, St. Theresa Cathedral, All Saints Cathedral and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Below, you will find 6 of the most famous people born in Juba, South Sudan:
- Mangok Mathiang, professonal basketball player (born Oct. 8, 1992)
- Bangs (Ajak Chol), hip hop artist (born Sep. 28, 1990)
- Sebit Bruno, soccer/football player (born Mar. 16, 1994)
- Deng Adel, college basketball player (born Feb. 1, 1996)
- Athir Thomas, soccer/football player (born Feb. 14, 1987)
- Roy Gulwak, soccer/football player (born Jul. 5, 1985)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident South Sudan: South Sudanese
Population: 685,000 (Juba)
Density: 4,724 people per square mile (12,232 per square kilometer)
Population: 12.5 million (South Sudan)
Density: 19.4 people per square mile (50.4 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$20.88 billion in 2016 (for South Sudan, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $1,700
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Juba were unavailable.
Official currency used in Juba: South Sudanese pound
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on August 21, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: South Sudan. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Literacy. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on August 21, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Official Government Website, Government of the Republic of South Sudan. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Juba. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Wikipedia, List of companies of South Sudan. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Wikipedia, South Sudan. Accessed on August 21, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Juba’s built-up urban land area measures 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 685,000 in 2016.
At the country level, South Sudan’s land area covers 248,777 square miles (644,329 square kilometers). The national population count was 12.5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within South Sudan’s capital city Juba with an average 12,232 residents per square mile (4,724 per square kilometer).
For South Sudan overall, population density drops to an average 50.4 people per square mile (19.4 per square kilometer).
South Sudan won its independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011. South Sudanese now celebrate Independence Day each July 9.