People & Culture

The national census of 2002 estimated Jinja’s population to be 71,213 of which 36,325 are males and 34,888 are females. In 2008, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 82,800With an estimated daily commuter population of approximately 80,000 to 100,000, Jinja on any given business day, contains anywhere from 212,150 to 232,150 people, The majority of the population are of Bantu origin. Lusoga is the main local language. Jinja has a large population of inhabitants who are defined as “working urban poor”.

People & ethnicity in Jinja
Jinja District is part of Busoga sub-region, which includes the districts listed below, and was home to an estimated 2.5 million people in 2002, according to the national census. The majority of the people in Jinja District belong to the Basoga ethnic group and Lusoga is the most widely spoken language.