Lesotho Population 2022 (Live)

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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.

The current population of Lesotho is 2,306,995 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2022 population at 2,305,825.

Lesotho Growth Rate

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Lesotho Population 2022 (Live)

Lesotho Population Clock

Lesotho Population (as of 9/28/2022)2,306,995
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2022)2,305,825
Births per Day33
Deaths per Day18
Migrations per Day-2
Net Change per Day13
Population Change Since Jan. 13,523

Components of Population Change

One birth every 44 minutes0%
One death every 80 minutes0%
One net migrant every 720 minutes0%
Net gain of one person every 111 minutes0%

Lesotho Population Clock

Lesotho Population Density Map

Lesotho Population by Year (Historical)

Lesotho Population by Year (Projections)

Lesotho Population Pyramid 2022


Lesotho Median Age







Lesotho Population by Age

There are 1,383,943 people over age 18 in Lesotho.

Census Years

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 - General Info

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