Atlas of Urban Expansion

Kampala
Uganda
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
2015 Population
3,017,000
2015 Urban Extent
51,321
hectares
2015 Density
59
persons/hectare
Areas and Densities
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Population

The Population of Kampala in 2015 was 3,017,000, increasing at an average annual rate of 5% since 2003. The population of Kampala in 2003 was 1,646,980, increasing at an average annual rate of 5.5% since 1988, when its population was 723,017.

Urban Extent

The Urban Extent of Kampala in 2015 was 51,321 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.3% since 2003. The urban extent in 2003 was 30,698 hectares, increasing at an average annual rate of 4.2% since 2003, when its urban extent was 16,492 hectares.

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Density

Built-up Area Density in Kampala in 2015 was 100 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.8% since 2003. The built-up area density in 2003 was 92 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.7% since 1988 when the built-up area density was 82.12 persons per hectare.

The Urban Extent Density in Kampala in 2015 was 59 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 0.8% since 2003. The urban extent density in 2003 was 54 persons per hectare, increasing at an average annual rate of 1.4% since 1988 when the urban extent density was 44 persons per hectare.

Composition of Added Area

A total of 12,090 hectares of built-up area was added to the Kampala urban extent between 2003 and 2015. Of that added built-up area, 30% was Infill, 41% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 28% was Inclusion. A total of 9,150 hectares of built-up area was added to the urban extent between 1988 and 2003. Of that added built-up area, 36% was Infill, 28% was Extension, 0% was Leapfrog, and 35% was Inclusion.

Blocks and Roads
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Roads

Average road width in the Kampala 1990-2014 expansion area was 8.37 meters, compared to 6.79 meters in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area in Kampala occupied by roads in the 1990-2014 expansion area was 24%, compared to 19% in the pre-1990 area.

Arterial Roads

The density of arterial roads in Kampala's 1990-2014 expansion was 1.1 km/km2, compared to 2.05 km/km2 in its pre-1990 area.

The share of built-up area within walking distance of an arterial road in Kampala's 1990-2014 expansion area was 84%, compared to 98% in the pre-1990 area.

1988-2003  2003-2015
1988-2003  2003-2015
1988-2003  2003-2015

Blocks and Plots

Average block size in Kampala's 1990-2014 expansion area was 2.23 hectares, compared to 2.54 hectares in its pre-1990 area.

1988-2003  2003-2015