Sierra Leone Population 2017

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Sierra Leone is a rapidly growing country with an estimated population of 6.2 million, up from 5.5 million in 2008. The country has a population density of 79 people per square kilometer (205/sq mi), which ranks 114th in the world.

The Western Area Urban District, which includes the capital and largest city Freetown, has a population density of 1,224 people per square kilometers, while the Koinadugu has a population density of 21 people per square kilometer. Freetown had a 2004 population of 853,000, followed by Bo at 233,000.

Sierra Leone Demographics

Sierra Leone has 16 different ethnic groups, each with a different language. The largest ethnic group is the Temne (35%), followed by the Mende (31%). The Temne are dominant in the Northern Sierra Leone and areas around the capital, while the Mende live mostly in the South-Eastern Seirra Leone and the Kono District.

The third-largest ethnic group are the Limba (8%), who are native to the area and live in Northern Seirra Leone. The fourth group are the Fula (7%), who are descendants of Fulani migrant settlers from the 17th and 18th century who came from Guinea.

Other major ethnic groups include the Mandingo (2%), who are descended from Guinea traders; the Kono (5%), who are also descended from Guinea migrants; and the Krio (2%) people, who are descendants of freed African American, West Indian and Liberated African slaves and make up 3% of the population.

Smaller ethnic groups include the Kuranko, who arrived in the area around 1600; the Loko (2%), who are native to Sierra Leone; the Kissi, and the Sherbro.

Sierra Leone has a young population with 42% of its population under 15, and a rural population with 62% of people living outside of the cities.

About 71% of the population are Muslims, while Christians make up 27% of the population. The remainder practice indigenous beliefs. Religious violence is rare in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Future

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world that is facing many challenges. It has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in West Africa (60%), much of its drinking water is collected from polluted sources, one of the worst literacy rates in Africa and health problems that include HIV/AIDS, malaria, and yellow fever. About 81% of its population lives in poverty.

Sierra Leone Population in 2017 Source: Magnus Ohman

Sierra Leone Population Density

About Sierra Leone

Official Name Republic of Sierra Leone
Languages Spoken English
Borders GIN, LBR
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude 8.5,-11.5
Currencies Used SLL

Sierra Leone Population Clock

What is the population of Sierra Leone (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 127
Deaths Per Day 47
Net Migrations Per Day -12
Net Change Per Day 68
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

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

Sierra Leone Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 34.364 births/thousand 25th
Crude Death Rate 12.801 deaths/thousand 16th
Crude Net Migration Rate -0.617 people/thousand 107th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 52.017 years 199th
Life Expectancy (Male) 51.438 years 197th
Life Expectancy (Female) 52.6 years 199th
Total Fertility Rate 4.316 children/woman 31st
Net Reproduction Rate 1.662 surviving daughters/woman 44th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.018 males per female 200th
Infant Mortality Rate 81.972 deaths/1,000 live births 5th
Under Five Mortality 116.72 deaths/thousand 6th
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.471 years 133rd
Rate of Natural Increase 21.396 46th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 29.101% 195th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 29.943% 195th
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 28.246% 196th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 48.487% 195th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 49.351% 195th
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 47.621% 196th
Crude Suicide Rate 5.6 suicides/thousand 105th
Median Age (Total) 19 years 189th
Median Age (Female) 19.6 years 187th
Median Age (Male) 18.4 years 192nd

Sierra Leone Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 6,732,899 49.518% 50.482% 93 113 2.09% 107
2015 6,453,184 49.483% 50.517% 89 115 2.13% 107
2010 5,775,901 49.38% 50.62% 80 120 2.28% 109
2005 5,071,271 49.319% 50.681% 70 123 3.33% 113
2000 4,060,709 49.364% 50.636% 56 132 3.85% 118
1995 3,837,807 49.373% 50.627% 53 133 -0.12% 119
1990 3,931,208 49.39% 50.61% 54 125 0.37% 116
1985 3,466,044 49.273% 50.727% 48 126 2.93% 118
1980 3,086,406 49.126% 50.874% 42 127 2.21% 121
1975 2,765,914 48.975% 51.025% 38 128 2.11% 121
1970 2,514,151 48.708% 51.292% 34 127 1.74% 118
1965 2,332,999 48.702% 51.298% 32 123 1.4% 117
1960 2,181,701 48.75% 51.25% 30 121 1.3% 112
1955 2,051,844 48.847% 51.153% 28 119 1.19% 112
1950 1,944,001 48.976% 51.024% 26 116 0.96% 112

Sierra Leone Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 7,160,373 49.562% 50.438% 99 109 1.97% 105
2025 7,874,195 49.62% 50.38% 109 102 1.81% 104
2030 8,597,586 49.665% 50.335% 119 99 1.68% 102
2035 9,324,513 49.703% 50.297% 129 97 1.54% 99
2040 10,040,660 49.723% 50.277% 139 95 1.39% 97
2045 10,733,573 49.727% 50.273% 148 92 1.25% 94
2050 11,391,787 49.72% 50.28% 157 89 1.1% 92
2055 12,003,645 49.701% 50.299% 166 91 0.96% 92
2060 12,562,046 49.682% 50.318% 174 91 0.83% 92
2065 13,057,294 49.655% 50.345% 180 90 0.7% 90
2070 13,484,487 49.622% 50.378% 186 88 0.56% 87
2075 13,834,191 49.576% 50.424% 191 87 0.44% 86
2080 14,104,514 49.527% 50.473% 195 85 0.32% 87
2085 14,298,720 49.471% 50.529% 198 84 0.21% 88
2090 14,422,006 49.404% 50.596% 199 84 0.12% 87
2095 14,485,043 49.332% 50.668% 200 83 0.04% 87
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations