Sierra Leone Population Growth
As a relatively new country, the growth rate in Sierra Leone has been above average throughout its history, and the steady increase in population is still going on today and the annual rate of change has been over 2% since around the turn of the century. The median age in Sierra Leone is 18.5 years, which is disproportionately young and makes for a very young working population. The average woman gives birth to roughly 4.5 children, and this high birth rate is the cause of the substantial growth rate in the country.
Sierra Leone Population Projections
The annual growth rate in Sierra Leone is not expected to remain over 2% for much longer. Current projections believe that the rate of growth will peak at 2.14% in 2020 before declining towards 1.22% by the year 2050- a fairly drastic drop. The population numbers will still change pretty drastically during this time, however. The same set of predictions state that the population of Sierra Leone will be 8,046,931 in 2020, 9,719,531 in 2030, 11,403,087 in 2040 and 12,971,626 by the year 2050.