Sierra Leone Population (LIVE)

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Sierra Leone Population (1950 - 2019)
Yearly Population Growth Rate (%)
  • The current population of Sierra Leone is 7,885,596 as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019, based on Worldometers elaboration of the latest United Nations data.
  • Sierra Leone 2019 population is estimated at 7,813,215 people at mid year according to UN data.
  • Sierra Leone population is equivalent to 0.1% of the total world population.
  • Sierra Leone ranks number 103 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in Sierra Leone is 108 per Km2 (280 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 72,180 Km2 (27,869 sq. miles)
  • 42.9 % of the population is urban (3,349,039 people in 2019)
  • The median age in Sierra Leone is 18.9 years.

Population of Sierra Leone (2019 and historical)

YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSierra Leone
Global Rank
2019 7,813,215 2.13 % 163,065 -4,200 18.9 4.73 108 42.9 % 3,349,039 0.10 % 7,713,468,100 103
2018 7,650,150 2.16 % 161,727 -4,200 18.9 4.73 106 42.4 % 3,246,502 0.10 % 7,631,091,040 103
2017 7,488,423 2.18 % 159,589 -4,200 18.9 4.73 104 42.0 % 3,146,502 0.10 % 7,547,858,925 103
2016 7,328,834 2.19 % 156,920 -4,200 18.9 4.73 102 41.6 % 3,049,278 0.10 % 7,464,022,049 103
2015 7,171,914 2.25 % 151,256 -4,200 18.7 4.84 99 41.2 % 2,954,791 0.10 % 7,379,797,139 105
2010 6,415,634 2.59 % 154,002 12,000 18.2 5.57 89 39.1 % 2,509,605 0.09 % 6,956,823,603 105
2005 5,645,624 4.25 % 212,211 100,000 17.9 6.11 78 37.0 % 2,089,028 0.09 % 6,541,907,027 107
2000 4,584,571 1.27 % 56,123-30,000 17.7 6.48 64 35.5 % 1,626,055 0.07 % 6,143,493,823 113
1995 4,303,957 -0.07 % -3,161 -90,000 17.7 6.69 60 34.2 % 1,471,764 0.07 % 5,744,212,979 116
1990 4,319,762 2.57 % 102,890 12,549 18.0 6.72 60 33.2 % 1,433,891 0.08 % 5,327,231,061 112
1985 3,805,311 2.35 % 83,363 0 18.3 6.72 53 31.9 % 1,215,725 0.08 % 4,870,921,740 113
1980 3,388,495 2.21 % 70,268 0 18.8 6.65 47 29.6 % 1,003,558 0.08 % 4,458,003,514 113
1975 3,037,154 2.04 % 58,453 0 19.5 6.57 42 27.3 % 830,173 0.07 % 4,079,480,606 116
1970 2,744,891 1.82 % 47,334 0 20.3 6.41 38 23.5 % 645,306 0.07 % 3,700,437,046 115
1965 2,508,219 1.59 % 38,117 0 20.8 6.25 35 20.1 % 504,032 0.08 % 3,339,583,597 111
1960 2,317,636 1.36 % 30,364 0 21.0 6.03 32 17.2 % 398,599 0.08 % 3,034,949,748 111
1955 2,165,815 1.19 % 24,922 0 20.9 6.03 30 14.7 % 319,261 0.08 % 2,773,019,936 111
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).
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Sierra Leone Population Forecast

-4,000
YearPopulationYearly %
Change
Yearly
Change
Migrants (net)Median AgeFertility RateDensity (P/Km²)Urban
Pop %
Urban PopulationCountry's Share of
World Pop
World PopulationSierra Leone
Global Rank
2020 7,976,983 2.15 % 161,014 -4,200 19.4 4.32 111 43.3 % 3,453,971 0.10 % 7,794,798,739 103
2025 8,805,821 2.00 % 165,768 -4,000 20.3 4.32 122 45.6 % 4,017,056 0.11 % 8,184,437,460 102
2030 9,648,691 1.84 % 168,574 -4,000 21.5 4.32 134 48.2 % 4,650,675 0.11 % 8,548,487,400 98
2035 10,497,563 1.70 % 169,774 -4,000 22.7 4.32 145 51.0 % 5,351,187 0.12 % 8,887,524,213 96
2040 11,338,661 1.55 % 168,220 -4,000 23.9 4.32 157 53.9 % 6,110,530 0.12 % 9,198,847,240 91
2045 12,160,746 1.41 % 164,417 -4,000 25.2 4.32 168 56.8 % 6,908,947 0.13 % 9,481,803,274 90
2050 12,944,873 1.26 % 156,825   26.5 4.32 179 59.7 % 7,724,557 0.13 % 9,735,033,990 88
Source: Worldometers (www.Worldometers.info)
Elaboration of data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. World Population Prospects: The 2019 Revision. (Medium-fertility variant).

Sierra Leone Demographics

Main Page: Demographics of Sierra Leone
Life Expectancy
55.92 years
(life expectancy at birth, both sexes)
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Infant Mortality
70.1
(infant deaths per 1,000 live births)
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Deaths under age 5
96.3
(per 1,000 live births)
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Sex Ratio (males vs females)

Males Male % Females Female % Total Population (2020) Sex Ratio (males to females)
3,981,239 49.91% 3,995,746 50.09% 7,976,983 1.00

Population Pyramid for Sierra Leone (2020)

Compare with years 1960, 1990, 2050, and 2080

Population by Broad Age Groups

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Age Group Males Male % Females Female % Total Age Group Population
Age Group's share of total population
0-14 1,612,354 50.10% 1,605,850 49.90% 3,218,204 40.34%
15-24 817,150 50.17% 811,748 49.83% 1,628,898 20.42%
25-54 1,302,799 50.54% 1,275,031 49.46% 2,577,830 32.32%
55-64 149,632 46.97% 168,907 53.03% 318,539 3.99%
65+ 99,304 42.53% 134,210 57.47% 233,514 2.93%

Dependency Ratio

View also: Support Ratio


Age Group Total Age Group Population Share of Total Population Dependency Ratio
Youth (0-14 years old) 3,218,204 40.34% 71.1
Working Age Population (15-64 years) 4,525,267 56.73% N.A.
Elderly (65+ years old) 233,514 2.93% 5.2
Total Dependency Ratio
(Youth + Elderly)
3,451,718 43.27% 76.3

Main Cities by Population in Sierra Leone

(includes boroughs, districts, urban agglomerations, etc.)

# CITY NAME POPULATION
1 Freetown 802,639
2 Bo 174,354
3 Kenema 143,137
4 Koidu 88,000
5 Makeni 87,679
6 Lunsar 22,461
7 Port Loko 21,308
8 Waterloo 19,750
9 Kabala 17,948
10 Segbwema 16,532

See also

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Notes

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

The Population of Sierra Leone (1950 - 2019) chart plots the total population count as of July 1 of each year, from 1950 to 2019.

The Yearly Population Growth Rate chart plots the annual percentage changes in population registered on July 1 of each year, from 1951 to 2019. 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 2019 Revision. For forecasted years, the U.N. medium-fertility variant is used.


Yearly % Change: For 2019: percentage change in total population over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 2019: absolute change in total population (increase or decrease in number of people) over the last year (from July 1, 2018 to June 30 2019). 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 Sierra Leone 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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