States of South Sudan

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States of South Sudan
The 10 states of South Sudan grouped in the three historic provinces of the Sudan.
Category Federated state
Location Republic of South Sudan
Number 10 States
Populations 358,692 (Western Bahr el Ghazal) – 1,443,500 (Jonglei)
Areas 30,543.3 km2 (11,792.83 sq mi) (Western Bahr el Ghazal) – 122,580.8 km2 (47,328.72 sq mi) (Jonglei)
Government State government
Subdivisions County
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South Sudan is divided into 10 states. They were created out of the three historic former provinces (and contemporary regions) of: Bahr el Ghazal (northwest); Equatoria (southern), and Greater Upper Nile (northeast). The states are further divided into 86 counties.


Bahr el Ghazal[edit]

The Bahr el Ghazal region in northwest South Sudan includes the states of:

  1. Northern Bahr el Ghazal
  2. Western Bahr el Ghazal
  3. Lakes
  4. Warrap

According to the disputed 2008 census conducted under the Republic of the Sudan,[1] Western Bahr al Ghazal is the least populous of South Sudan's states.[2]


The Equatoria region in southern South Sudan includes the states of:

  1. Western Equatoria
  2. Central Equatoria
  3. Eastern Equatoria

The state capital of Central Equatoria, the smallest South Sudanese state by area, is Juba, which also serves as the national capital of South Sudan.

Greater Upper Nile[edit]

The Greater Upper Nile region in northern and eastern South Sudan includes the states of:

  1. Jonglei
  2. Unity
  3. Upper Nile

Jonglei is the largest state of South Sudan by area, as well as the most populous, according to the 2008 census.



Flag State Capital Population
Flag of Northern Bahr el Ghazal.png Northern Bahr el Ghazal Aweil 820,834 30,543.30 26.87
Flag of Western Bahr el Ghazal.png Western Bahr el Ghazal Wau 358,692 91,075.95 3.94
Flag of Lakes State.png Lakes Rumbek 782,504 43,595.08 17.95
Flag of Warrap State.png Warrap Kuajok 1,044,217 45,567.24 22.92
Flag of Western Equatoria.png Western Equatoria Yambio 658,863 79,342.66 8.30
Flag of Central Equatoria.png Central Equatoria Juba 1,193,130 43,033.00 27.73
Flag of Eastern Equatoria.png Eastern Equatoria Torit 962,719 73,472.01 13.10
Flag of Jonglei.png Jonglei Bor 1,443,500 122,580.83 11.78
Flag of Unity State.png Unity Bentiu 645,465 37,836.39 17.06
Flag of Upper Nile State.png Upper Nile Malakal 1,013,629 77,283.42 13.12
Flag of South Sudan.svg South Sudan Juba 8,923,553 644,329.37 13.85

Rebel declaration[edit]

On 22 December 2014, rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar declared the 10 states of South Sudan dissolved and the formation of 21 new states in a federal system. The declaration was not recognised by the South Sudanese government.[4] The Sudan Tribune reported on 1 January 2015 that Machar appointed "military governors" for several of his declared states.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Birungi, Marvis (28 April 2009). "South Sudan President: census results ‘unacceptable’". New Sudan Vision. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Vuni, Isaac (6 June 2009). "South Sudan census results officially released". Sudan Tribune. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Statistical Yearbook for Southern Sudan 2010" (PDF). Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Uganda: Citizens in Uganda Welcome Rebel Formation of 21 States". 7 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "South Sudan: Machar Appoints Top Rebel Command, State Governors". 1 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Maps of states of South Sudan at Wikimedia Commons