Lesotho Population 2017

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Lesotho is just 30,000 square kilometers in space and has an estimated population of 2.06 million. This compares to the 2004 census population of 2.03 million. Lesotho has a population density of 68 people per square kilometer (162/sq mi), or 138th in the world. Population density is lowest in the highlands. The capital and largest city is Maseru,

Lesotho Demographics

About 99.7% of Lesotho's population identifies as Basotho, a Bantu-speaking people. There are several subgroups of the Basotho, including the Batloung (Tlou), Bakuena (Kuena), Baphuthi (Phuti), Bataung (Tau), Batsoeneng (Tsoene), Matebele and Bafokeng. The main language is Sesotho, although English is the other official language.

About 90% of the population is Christian. Protestants make up 45% of the population, with Roman Catholics accounting for 45%. Muslims, Hindus, Baha'i, and indigenous religions account for the remaining 10%.

Lesotho has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa with about 85% of the adult population being literate, partly because Lesotho spends 12% of its GDP on education. Unlike most countries, Lesotho has a higher female literacy rate than male literacy rate.

About 25% of the population lives in urban areas while the majority live in rural areas. The urbanization rate of Lesotho is 3.5% per year, however. Nearly 40% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 USD per day.

Lesotho Population in 2017 Source: OER Africa

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Lesotho Population Growth

Lesotho has a high infant mortality rate of 8.3% and a very high HIV/AIDS rate. The HIV prevalence is around 24%, which is one of the highest in the world. Around half of women under 40 have HIV in urban areas, and the country has a life expectancy of just 42 years old.

Lesotho Population Density

About Lesotho

Official Name Kingdom of Lesotho
Languages Spoken Sotho, English
Borders ZAF
Is Landlocked Yes
Latitude/Longitude -29.5,28.5
Currencies Used LSL, ZAR

Lesotho Population Clock

What is the population of Lesotho (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 33
Deaths Per Day 17
Net Migrations Per Day -11
Net Change Per Day 5
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Lesotho Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 27.853 births/thousand 52nd
Crude Death Rate 14.582 deaths/thousand 6th
Crude Net Migration Rate -1.821 people/thousand 150th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 50.453 years 200th
Life Expectancy (Male) 50.335 years 200th
Life Expectancy (Female) 50.331 years 200th
Total Fertility Rate 3.043 children/woman 62nd
Net Reproduction Rate 1.229 surviving daughters/woman 70th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female 160th
Infant Mortality Rate 50.771 deaths/1,000 live births 27th
Under Five Mortality 67.728 deaths/thousand 35th
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.531 years 168th
Rate of Natural Increase 12.99 92nd
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 34.281% 200th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 32.323% 200th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 36.365% 200th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 62.934% 200th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 62.34% 200th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 63.929% 200th
Crude Suicide Rate 5.4 suicides/thousand 107th
Median Age (Total) 24 years 151st
Median Age (Female) 24 years 155th
Median Age (Male) 24 years 148th

Lesotho Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 2,185,159 49.629% 50.371% 71 138 1.11% 145
2015 2,135,022 49.497% 50.503% 70 137 1.18% 145
2010 2,010,586 49.122% 50.878% 66 138 1.11% 147
2005 1,925,844 48.767% 51.233% 63 132 0.75% 146
2000 1,856,225 48.458% 51.542% 61 127 0.82% 146
1995 1,753,823 49% 51% 57 127 1.44% 144
1990 1,597,533 48.589% 51.411% 52 127 1.88% 145
1985 1,467,856 47.444% 52.556% 48 126 1.84% 145
1980 1,307,403 47.014% 52.986% 43 124 2.51% 144
1975 1,149,090 46.394% 53.606% 37 130 2.48% 143
1970 1,032,240 46.432% 53.568% 34 127 2.04% 143
1965 933,251 46.248% 53.752% 30 128 1.96% 143
1960 851,411 46.665% 53.335% 28 124 1.73% 143
1955 787,760 46.948% 53.052% 25 124 1.46% 141
1950 733,942 46.902% 53.098% 24 124 1.4% 141

Lesotho Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 2,257,685 49.804% 50.196% 74 136 1.04% 146
2025 2,373,478 50.051% 49.949% 78 137 0.95% 146
2030 2,486,031 50.24% 49.76% 81 134 0.92% 147
2035 2,603,190 50.379% 49.621% 85 133 0.93% 146
2040 2,728,112 50.459% 49.541% 89 133 0.94% 147
2045 2,857,758 50.469% 49.531% 94 132 0.91% 144
2050 2,987,092 50.405% 49.595% 98 124 0.83% 144
2055 3,106,915 50.293% 49.707% 102 122 0.71% 142
2060 3,210,370 50.157% 49.843% 105 118 0.58% 141
2065 3,297,022 50.012% 49.988% 108 119 0.47% 139
2070 3,368,300 49.875% 50.125% 110 118 0.37% 139
2075 3,425,875 49.754% 50.246% 112 118 0.29% 138
2080 3,471,717 49.651% 50.349% 114 119 0.23% 138
2085 3,506,758 49.563% 50.437% 115 117 0.16% 137
2090 3,531,317 49.488% 50.512% 116 118 0.1% 137
2095 3,544,842 49.426% 50.574% 116 117 0.04% 136
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations