Lesotho Population 2020 (Live)

2,140,271

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 2,140,271, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 2,142,249.

Lesotho Growth Rate

Lesotho Population 2020 (Live)

Name 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

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20202,142,2490.80%70.56147141
20192,125,2680.80%70.00147140
20182,108,3280.80%69.44147140
20172,091,5340.80%68.89146141
20162,075,0300.78%68.35147139
20152,059,0210.63%67.82148139
20101,995,581-0.01%65.73146140
20051,996,114-0.36%65.75144132
20002,032,8041.38%66.96144123
19951,898,5982.19%62.54144123
19901,703,7472.23%56.12145126
19851,526,1312.63%50.27143127
19801,340,2552.92%44.15144127
19751,160,7922.44%38.23143132
19701,028,9262.21%33.89143132
1965922,3061.95%30.38143131
1960837,2701.77%27.58144129
1955766,7631.70%25.26141127
1950704,6860.00%23.21141126

Lesotho Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
20202,142,2490.80%70.56147141
20252,227,5600.78%73.37147142
20302,325,1640.86%76.59148140
20352,418,1730.79%79.65147141
20402,507,4540.73%82.59147142
20452,591,0750.66%85.35145142
20502,665,2700.57%87.79146142
20552,727,2600.46%89.83145142
20602,775,4490.35%91.42144138
20652,809,3250.24%92.53143134
20702,828,6850.14%93.17142134
20752,835,3550.05%93.39141132
20802,830,567-0.03%93.23141134
20852,813,460-0.12%92.67141135
20902,785,231-0.20%91.74140135
20952,745,710-0.29%90.44140135

Lesotho Population by Year (Projections)

Lesotho Population Pyramid 2020

Lesotho Population by Age

There are 1,303,491 adults in Lesotho.

Lesotho Population Pyramid

Lesotho Population Clock

The population of Lesotho (as of 5/19/2020)?2,140,271
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2020)2,142,249
Births Per Day153
Deaths Per Day82
Net Migrations Per Day-25
Net Change Per Day46
Population Change Since January 1st6,394

Lesotho Population Estimator

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Estimate as of May 19th 2020 is: 2,140,295

Components of Population Change

One birth every 9 minutes
One death every 18 minutes
One net migrant every 58 minutes
Net gain of one person every 31 minutes

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.

About Lesotho

  1. Bureau of Statistics
  2. UN World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006 censuses adjusted for underenumeration, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer