Among the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the world, Kampala is the capital city for the Republic of Uganda–an East African landlocked country.
Uganda exported US$2.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016, according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre.
Uganda’s highest-value exports are coffee, processed petroleum oils, cement, fish, tea, sugar and corn.
Capital Facts for Kampala, Uganda: Quick Reference
Capitallandmarks: Gaddafi National Mosque, Baha’i Temple, Uganda Museum and Lubiri Palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Kampala, Uganda:
- Kiara Kabukuru, supermodel (born Jul. 31, 1975)
- Richard Gibson, actor (born Jan. 1, 1954)
- Dee Kartier, comedian & YouTube star (born Dec. 11, 1987)
- Kassim Ouma, boxing champion (born Dec. 12, 1978)
- Lilian Mbabazi, recording artist (born Oct. 28, 1984)
- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, award-winning journalist (born Dec. 10, 1949)
- Cindy Sanyu, pop singer (born Aug. 28, 1985)
- Florence Kasumba, actress (born Oct. 26, 1976)
- Baker Karim, film director (born Apr. 7, 1974)
- Bhasker Patel, actor (born Feb. 7, 1956)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonymfor a Kampalaresident: Kampalan, Kampalese
Population: 1,659,000 (Kampala city)
Density: 22,734 people per square mile (8,778 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,440,000 (Kampala built-up urban area)
Density: 8,414 people per square mile (3,249 per square kilometer)
Population: 38,319,241 (Uganda)
Density: 504 people per square mile (194 per square kilometer)
GDP:US$84.9 billion as of October 2016 (for Uganda, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person:$2,216
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 Kampala were unavailable.
Official currency used in Kampala: Ugandan shilling
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 4, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Uganda. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 4, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 4, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Official Government Website, Kampala Capital City Authority. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Kampala. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikipedia, KampalaDistrict. Accessed on December 4, 2016
Wikipedia, Uganda. Accessed on February 7, 2017
Kampala city proper contains an area of 73 square miles (189 square kilometers) within which an estimated 1.7 million people live.
The built-up urban area around Kampala encompasses 290 square miles (751 square kilometers) inclusive of the core capital city. This built-up land area including Kampala proper serves as home to a approximately 2.4 million residents in total.
At the country level, Uganda’s land area covers 76,101 square miles (197,100 square kilometers). The national population count was 38.3 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Uganda’s capital city with an average 22,700 Kampalans per square mile (8,800 per square kilometer).
Within Kampala’s extended urban area, density drops significantly to an average 8,400 people per square mile (3,200 per square kilometer).
For Uganda overall, population density drops to an average 500 inhabitants per square mile (200 per square kilometer).
Uganda won its freedom from the United Kingdom on October 9, 1962. Ugandans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each October 9.