Lesotho Population (LIVE)

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Lesotho Population (1950 - 2017)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Lesotho is 2,182,310 as of Monday, May 22, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Lesotho population is equivalent to 0.03% of the total world population.
  • Lesotho ranks number 145 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Lesotho is 72 per Km2 (186 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 30,341 Km2 (11,715 sq. miles)
  • 28.1 % of the population is urban (613,832 people in 2017)
  • The median age in Lesotho is 21.2 years.

Population of Lesotho (2017 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationLesotho
Global Rank
2017 2,185,159 1.15 % 24,850 -3,999 21.2 3.21 72 28.1 % 613,832 0.03 % 7,515,284,153 145
2016 2,160,309 1.18 % 25,287 -3,999 21.2 3.21 71 27.6 % 596,349 0.03 % 7,432,663,275 145
2015 2,135,022 1.21 % 24,887 -4,000 21 3.26 70 27.1 % 579,044 0.03 % 7,349,472,099 145
2010 2,010,586 0.86 % 16,948 -4,900 20 3.37 66 24.7 % 497,262 0.03 % 6,929,725,043 147
2005 1,925,844 0.74 % 13,924 -6,900 19 3.79 63 22.2 % 428,477 0.03 % 6,519,635,850 146
2000 1,856,225 1.14 % 20,480 -14,900 19 4.37 61 19.5 % 362,850 0.03 % 6,126,622,121 146
1995 1,753,824 1.88 % 31,258 -9,300 19 4.7 58 17 % 297,361 0.03 % 5,735,123,084 144
1990 1,597,534 1.71 % 25,936 -12,500 18 5.14 53 14 % 223,122 0.03 % 5,309,667,699 145
1985 1,467,856 2.34 % 32,091 -5,200 18 5.46 48 11.8 % 172,505 0.03 % 4,852,540,569 145
1980 1,307,403 2.62 % 31,663 -1,300 18 5.69 43 11.4 % 149,696 0.03 % 4,439,632,465 144
1975 1,149,090 2.17 % 23,370 -4,800 18 5.8 38 10.8 % 124,350 0.03 % 4,061,399,228 143
1970 1,032,240 2.04 % 19,798 -4,500 18 5.8 34 8.6 % 88,853 0.03 % 3,682,487,691 143
1965 933,251 1.85 % 16,368 -4,000 19 5.84 26 6.4 % 59,411 0.03 % 3,322,495,121 141
1960 851,412 1.57 % 12,730 -5,200 18 5.86 28 3.5 % 29,900 0.03 % 3,018,343,828 143
1955 787,760 1.43 % 10,764 -4,000 19 5.84 26 2 % 16,145 0.03 % 2,758,314,525 141
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Lesotho Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationLesotho
Global Rank
2020 2,257,685 1.12 % 24,533 -4,000 22 3.01 74 29.6 % 667,608 0.03 % 7,758,156,792 146
2025 2,373,478 1.01 % 23,159 -4,000 23 2.81 78 32.1 % 762,031 0.03 % 8,141,661,007 146
2030 2,486,031 0.93 % 22,511 -4,000 23 2.64 82 34.6 % 861,265 0.03 % 8,500,766,052 147
2035 2,603,190 0.93 % 23,432 -4,000 24 2.51 86 37.1 % 965,449 0.03 % 8,838,907,877 146
2040 2,728,112 0.94 % 24,984 -4,000 25 2.4 90 39.4 % 1,074,646 0.03 % 9,157,233,976 147
2045 2,857,758 0.93 % 25,929 -4,000 27 2.3 94 41.7 % 1,192,048 0.03 % 9,453,891,780 144
2050 2,987,092 0.89 % 25,867 -4,000 28 2.21 98 44.1 % 1,316,091 0.03 % 9,725,147,994 144
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

See also

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Notes

The Lesotho Population (Live) counter shows a continuously updated estimate of the current population of Lesotho delivered by Worldometers' RTS algorithm, which processes data collected from the United Nations Population Division.

The Population of Lesotho (1950 - 2017) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2017.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2017. This value can differ from the Yearly % Change shown in the historical table, which shows the last year equivalent percentage change assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period.

Definitions

Year: as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Population: Overall total population (both sexes and all ages) in the country as of July 1 of the year indicated, as estimated by the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2017: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: latest year annual percentage change equivalent assuming homogeneous change in the preceding five year period, calculated through reverse compounding.

Yearly Change: For 2017: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2016 to June 30 2017). For all other years: average annual numerical change over the preceding five year period.

Migrants (net): The average annual number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over the preceding five year period (running from July 1 to June 30 of the initial and final years), or subsequent five year period (for 2016 data). A negative number means that there are more emigrants than immigrants.

Median Age: age that divides the population into two numerically equal groups: half of the people are older than the median age indicated and half are younger. This parameter provides an indication of age distribution.

Fertility Rate: (Total Fertility Rate, or TFR), it is expressed as children per woman. It is calculated as the average number of children an average woman will have during her reproductive period (15 to 49 years old) based on the current fertility rates of every age group in the country, and assuming she is not subject to mortality.

Density (P/Km²): (Population Density) Population per square Kilometer (Km²).

Urban Pop % : Urban population as a percentage of total population.

Urban Population: Population living in areas classified as urban according to the criteria used by each country.

Country's Share of World Pop: Total population in the country as a percentage of total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

World Population: Total World Population as of July 1 of the year indicated.

Global Rank: Position held by Lesotho in the list of all countries worldwide ranked by population (from the highest population to the lowest population) as of July 1 of the year indicated.


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