Lesotho Population 2024 (Live)

2,350,411

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.

Population Rank
Growth Rate
2024 World Percentage
Land Area
30,360
The current population of Lesotho is 2,350,411 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2024 population at 2,356,083.

Lesotho Growth Rate

Lesotho Population 2024 (Live)

Lesotho Population Clock

Lesotho Population (as of 4/10/2024)2,350,411
Next UN Estimate (July 1, 2024)2,356,083
Births per Day162
Deaths per Day81
Migrations per Day-11
Net Change per Day70
Population Change Since Jan. 17,070

Components of Population Change

One birth every 8.88 minutes
One death every 17.78 minutes
One emigrant every 130.92 minutes
Net gain of one person every 20.57 minutes

Lesotho Population Clock

City
2024 Population
Maseru118,355
Mafeteng57,059
Leribe47,675
Maputsoe32,117
Mohale's Hoek28,310
Qacha's Nek25,573
Quthing24,130
Butha-Buthe16,330
Nako13,146
Mokhotlong8,809

Lesotho Population Density Map

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
20242,356,0831.15%78147138
20232,330,3181.18%77147136
20202,254,1001.28%74147137
20192,225,7021.26%73147138
20182,198,0171.26%72146138
20172,170,6171.25%71146139
20152,118,5210.93%70146138
20102,022,7470.45%67147138
20051,977,424-0.21%65145133
20001,998,6300.66%66143124
19951,934,0791.46%64145122
19901,798,9972.16%59145124
19851,616,6972.81%53144123
19801,407,6722.97%46145125
19751,216,1803.51%40144128
19701,023,4813.54%34144131
1965860,2203.12%28145133
1960737,8382.84%24145132
1955641,3612.05%21144132

Lesotho Population by Year (Historical)

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Density (/km²)
Population Rank
Density Rank
20242,356,0831.15%78147138
20252,381,3811.1%78147138
20302,501,9460.99%82147134
20352,614,6440.89%86147135
20402,720,1800.8%90144136
20452,815,7310.69%93144133
20502,898,3690.58%95142132
20552,966,6950.47%98141130
20603,020,9070.36%100142130
20653,060,2460.26%101141130
20703,084,7730.16%102139128
20753,094,6090.06%102139127
20803,091,265-0.02%102139126
20853,076,177-0.1%101139124
20903,050,402-0.17%100139124
20953,013,558-0.24%99139125

Lesotho Population by Year (Projections)

Lesotho Population Pyramid 2024

Lesotho Median Age

24.7

Total

24.7

Male

24.7

Female

Lesotho Population by Age

There are people over age 18 in Lesotho.

Census Years

Year
Date
201624 April 2016
200613 May 2006
199614 April 1996
198612 April 1986

Lesotho Population Pyramid

Lesotho, officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a small landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. 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 Rank 2024
Area (km²)
30,355
2024 Growth Rate
Capital
GDP (IMF '23)
$2.37
GDP (UN '22)
$2.29 Bn

Lesotho - General Info

  1. Bureau of Statistics
  2. World Population Prospects (2022 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  3. GeoNames

Sources