Sri Lanka Population 2017

20,896,973

Sri Lanka hosts a dynamic age structure that includes a very large age bracket of 25-54 year old individuals dominating the country. Around 42.6% of the population lies in that age bracket. Even though Sri Lanka is a developing economy, such a large working population is allowing it to pursue development projects and create a large number of jobs that can utilized by its inhabitants. This is not only helping many people to support their families, but is also helping Sri Lanka’s economy grow steadily in the last few years.

Moreover, the median age of people in Sri Lanka is estimated to be 31.1 years, with the median age of men being 30.1 years while females have a median age of 32.2 years. Furthermore, Sri Lanka has a high life expectancy of 75.94 years, with a male life expectancy at 72.43 years and female life expectancy at 79.59 years. This is also why 9.1% of the country's population is in the 54-65 year age bracket, while 8.1% of its population is above the age of 65. An estimate of the number of deaths each year in the Sri Lanka lies at 5.96 deaths per a population of 1000 people.

Sri Lanka Birth Rate

On the other hand, due the large number of youngsters in the country, the marriage rates have only gotten higher in the last few decades. The great number of marriages have also resulted in a greater rate of births as well. The birth rate in Sri Lanka has risen in the last few years to around 17.04 births per population of 1000 people. This is also why the population in the 0-14 year old age bracket makes up 24.1% of the total population.

Sri Lanka is a country of multiple ethnicities, but the two most prominent are the Sinhalese and the Sri Lankan Tamils. The Sinhalese make up around 75% of the total population and are concentrated in the central and southwestern parts of the country. The Tamils make up around 11.9% of the total population and are thus the largest minority present in the country. The Sinhalese are predominantly Buddhist, and thus it is the major religion in the country, followed by Hinduism, which is actively practiced by the Tamils. The next most popular religion is Christianity, especially among the Burgher population.

Sri Lanka is a developing country with a lot of potential to grow if it can utilize its large work force and provide job and development opportunities for them. The country is steadily growing and needs to utilize its resources more carefully to sustain its development for the future.

Sri Lanka Population in 2017Source: Hansa Nanayakkara

About Sri Lanka

Official NameDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Languages SpokenTamil, Sinhala
BordersIND
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude781
Currencies UsedLKR

Sri Lanka Population Density

Name Population
Kuliyapitiya6,877
Horawala Junction7,500
Minuwangoda7,772
Wattegama8,000
Horana South8,982
Gampaha9,350
Monaragala10,236
Tangalla10,497
Kilinochchi13,006
Polonnaruwa13,900
Hatton15,073
Ampara18,348
Shanjeev Home20,000
Ambalangoda20,133
Weligama22,179
Hanwella Ihala22,918
Eravur Town22,982
Chilaw24,712
Gampola24,730
Nuwara Eliya25,775
Kurunegala28,571
Kelaniya28,846
Peliyagoda30,717
Wattala30,725
Ja Ela32,175
Kandana33,424
Mulleriyawa33,540
Panadura33,735
Beruwala34,250
Homagama34,664
Bentota37,000
Kalutara38,000
Welisara41,306
Puttalam45,661
Badulla47,587
Ratnapura47,832
Hendala56,978
Kolonnawa58,076
Vavuniya60,176
Anuradhapura60,943
Kotikawatta64,565
Maharagama66,576
Dambulla66,716
Battaramulla South75,633
Matara76,254
Valvedditturai78,205
Katunayaka84,643
Batticaloa86,742
Point Pedro89,810
Galle93,118
Kalmunai100,171
Trincomalee108,420
Kandy111,701
Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte115,826
Pita Kotte118,179
Negombo137,223
Jaffna169,102
Moratuwa185,031
Galkissa215,941
Mount Lavinia219,827
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia219,827
Colombo648,034

Sri Lanka Population Clock

What is the population of Sri Lanka (as of September 13, 2017)?20,896,973
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)20905335
Births Per Day172
Deaths Per Day80
Net Migrations Per Day -205
Net Change Per Day -113
Population Change Since January 1st-28,815

Sri Lanka Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 15.004 births/thousand123
Crude Death Rate 7.031 deaths/thousand116
Crude Net Migration Rate -3.584 people/thousand174
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.408 years82
Male Life Expectancy 72.057 years88
Female Life Expectancy 78.712 years77
Total Fertility Rate 2.03 children/woman116
Net Reproduction Rate 0.972 surviving daughters/woman112
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.043 males per female142
Infant Mortality Rate 7.013 deaths/1,000 live births144
Under Five Mortality 8.21 deaths/thousand145
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.263 years55
Rate of Natural Increase 7.81 129
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 4.606 %92
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 6.67 %98
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 2.678 %78
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 14.223 %87
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 20.349 %103
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.191 %71
Crude Suicide Rate 29.2 suicides/thousand4
Median Age (Total) 32.5 years90
Median Age (Female) 33.7 years83
Median Age (Male) 31.2 years93

Sri Lanka Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201720,905,33548.074%51.926%333370.44%58
201520,715,01048.174%51.826%330370.46%57
201020,201,31148.661%51.339%322370.56%58
200519,526,40649.297%50.703%311340.74%54
200018,783,74549.877%50.123%299330.7%52
199518,248,43550.227%49.773%290330.68%49
199017,330,81750.491%49.509%276321.2%48
198516,180,77650.785%49.215%258331.43%45
198015,036,56250.987%49.013%239321.57%43
197513,755,99051.176%48.824%219331.86%43
197012,487,49351.494%48.506%199322.07%43
196511,117,68551.884%48.116%177342.38%43
19609,896,17152.504%47.496%157372.33%45
19558,832,54153.382%46.618%140392.15%44
19508,075,81054.599%45.401%128381.54%44

Sri Lanka Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202021,157,41847.977%52.023%337370.32%58
202521,417,17547.783%52.217%341380.16%63
203021,535,62447.602%52.398%343380.05%65
203521,545,86047.453%52.547%34341-0.05%67
204021,446,30547.335%52.665%34145-0.17%71
204521,211,33347.25%52.75%33847-0.31%75
205020,835,65947.185%52.815%33248-0.42%76
205520,361,50147.277%52.723%32449-0.51%76
206019,824,32647.415%52.585%31652-0.57%76
206519,257,02947.601%52.399%30752-0.6%77
207018,671,92747.831%52.169%29753-0.64%77
207518,070,82748.091%51.909%28855-0.68%77
208017,449,63948.359%51.641%27859-0.73%80
208516,810,68048.601%51.399%26864-0.77%82
209016,158,10848.805%51.195%25768-0.82%83
209515,501,12348.987%51.013%24768-0.85%84
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations