Census 2012

What is a Population Census?

The total process of collecting, compiling, analyzing, publishing and disseminating, demographic, social and economic data pertaining to all persons in a country at a specific point in time.

Importance of the Population Census

Objectives of the Census 2012

  • To ensure availability of bench-mark demographic and socio-economic data for use in planning, policy formulation and programme evaluation

Immediate Objectves of the Census 2012

  • Update administrative area boundaries and generate new maps;
  • Establish the size and distribution of the population
  • Establish the basic demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population, required for formulation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes at national and sub-national levels;
  • Determine the Housing characteristics of the population; and
    Construct an area sampling frame to be used in subsequent inter-censual statistical surveys and other activities.

The Census Questionnaire (Click here to access)

The questionnaire contains sections on Individual Characteristics, Migration Characteristics, Parental Survival, Disability Status, Education Characteristics, Economic Activity, Fertility and Mortality, Housing Conditions ,ICT and on the Agricultural Module.

Planned Activities

Activity Period
Census Advocacy and Publicity campaign
January - September 2012
Recruitment and training of Field staff at the various levels April - August 2012
Carry out the Census Enumeration August 2012
Publication of Provisional Results October 2012
Carry out a Post Enumeration Survey October 2012
Data Processing, Analysis and Dissemination September 2012 – Dec 2014

Census Identity Launch


The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) unveiled the logo, theme and slogan designed by Michael Opanda, a former student of Makerere University, through a competitive process for the 2012 National Population and Housing Census at the celebrations to mark the Africa Statistics Day on 18th November, 2009 in Kapchorwa Boma Grounds .

The Deputy Executive Director, Paul Mungyereza explained that the logo sums up all the activities to be carried out in the census.

  • The map of Uganda in green signifies growth,
  • the house and people indicates the households and people who will be counted and
  • the incomplete ellipse around the logo indicates that everybody must be counted.
  • The slogan “together we count” signifies that we are all important and must be counted and the theme beneath the logo, “Counting for Planning and Improved Service Delivery “indicates the relevance of the exercise.

In a speech read by the information and communications technology (ICT) minister, Aggrey Awori, President Yoweri Museveni said the application of statistics in monitoring service delivery and planning had contributed to and sustained economic growth. Museveni said the outcome of the census should enable the Government to address the high population growth rate and environmental degradation in the country.