Sri Lanka Population (LIVE)

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Sri Lanka Population (1950 - 2018)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Sri Lanka is 20,904,716 as of Friday, November 17, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • Sri Lanka population is equivalent to 0.28% of the total world population.
  • Sri Lanka ranks number 58 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Sri Lanka is 333 per Km2 (862 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 62,710 Km2 (24,212 sq. miles)
  • 19.4 % of the population is urban (4,050,307 people in 2017)
  • The median age in Sri Lanka is 32.7 years.

Population of Sri Lanka (2018 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSri Lanka
Global Rank
2018 20,950,041 0.35 % 73,124 -90,000 32.7 2.09 334 19.3 % 4,095,751 0.27 % 7,632,819,325 58
2017 20,876,917 0.38 % 78,425 -90,000 32.7 2.09 333 19.4 % 4,050,307 0.28 % 7,550,262,101 58
2016 20,798,492 0.41 % 84,452 -90,000 32.7 2.09 332 19.3 % 4,007,374 0.28 % 7,466,964,280 57
2015 20,714,040 0.51 % 103,137 -96,954 32.3 2.11 330 19.2 % 3,966,971 0.28 % 7,383,008,820 57
2010 20,198,353 0.68 % 134,759 -104,013 30.4 2.28 322 18.8 % 3,803,193 0.29 % 6,958,169,159 58
2005 19,524,558 0.78 % 148,524 -89,896 28.9 2.26 311 18.8 % 3,667,409 0.30 % 6,542,159,383 55
2000 18,781,938 0.58 % 106,963-92,337 27.6 2.24 300 18.5 % 3,475,819 0.31 % 6,145,006,989 52
1995 18,247,121 1.04 % 183,482 -51,156 25.8 2.38 291 18.5 % 3,375,471 0.32 % 5,751,474,416 49
1990 17,329,713 1.38 % 229,983 -27,488 24.2 2.64 276 18.6 % 3,216,289 0.33 % 5,330,943,460 48
1985 16,179,796 1.48 % 228,788 -79,100 22.8 3.19 258 18.6 % 3,012,979 0.33 % 4,873,781,796 45
1980 15,035,856 1.80 % 256,139 -47,500 21.7 3.61 240 18.8 % 2,823,006 0.34 % 4,458,411,534 43
1975 13,755,161 1.96 % 253,881 -29,000 20.6 4.00 219 19.5 % 2,679,794 0.34 % 4,079,087,198 43
1970 12,485,756 2.36 % 274,986 -7,700 19.6 4.70 199 19.5 % 2,436,293 0.34 % 3,700,577,650 43
1965 11,110,828 2.39 % 247,269 -3,300 20.0 5.80 177 17.6 % 1,959,304 0.33 % 3,339,592,688 45
1960 9,874,481 2.38 % 219,206 -15,000 19.1 5.80 157 16.5 % 1,625,916 0.33 % 3,033,212,527 45
1955 8,778,449 1.95 % 161,470 -3,300 20.0 5.80 140 15.7 % 1,381,995 0.32 % 2,772,242,535 45
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Sri Lanka Population Forecast

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSri Lanka
Global Rank
2020 21,084,042 0.35 % 74,000 -90,000 34.1 2.03 336 19.9 % 4,194,261 0.27 % 7,795,482,309 58
2025 21,349,942 0.25 % 53,180 -75,000 35.7 1.96 340 21.0 % 4,488,307 0.26 % 8,185,613,757 63
2030 21,474,701 0.12 % 24,952 -75,000 37.1 1.91 342 22.7 % 4,867,530 0.25 % 8,551,198,644 66
2035 21,491,895 0.02 % 3,439 -75,000 38.4 1.86 343 24.9 % 5,352,803 0.24 % 8,892,701,940 68
2040 21,397,716 -0.09 % -18,836 -75,000 39.6 1.83 341 27.8 % 5,943,636 0.23 % 9,210,337,004 71
2045 21,165,080 -0.22 % -46,527 -75,000 41.0 1.81 338 31.0 % 6,564,628 0.22 % 9,504,209,572 75
2050 20,792,352 -0.35 % -74,546 -75,000 42.6 1.80 332 34.6 % 7,190,065 0.21 % 9,771,822,753 76
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Sri Lanka (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 2017 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 Sri Lanka 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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