Colombo Population 2021

619,001
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Colombo's 2021 population is now estimated at 619,001. In 1950, the population of Colombo was 400,022. Colombo has grown by 6,466 since 2015, which represents a 1.06% annual change. These population estimates and projections come from the latest revision of the UN World Urbanization Prospects. These estimates represent the Urban agglomeration of Colombo, which typically includes Colombo's population in addition to adjacent suburban areas.

Colombo is located in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city and also the largest by population. This city is known for being a popular tourist destination, with tourism fueling the local economy. It is also a financial center of Sri Lanka. The city has a population of 752,993 people. The larger urban area has a population of over 2.3 million, while the metropolitan area has a population of more than 5.6 million residents.

City Size and Population Density

The city proper covers a total area of 14.41 square miles, making the population density over 52,000 per square mile.

Demographics of Population

Colombo is a very ethnically diverse city and has many different ethnic communities residing within the city property. This includes such groups as the Sri Lankan Moor, Sinhalese, Chinese, Malay, and Indian. The largest ethnic group in Colombo is the Sinhalese, which make up over 41% of the total population. The city is also home to a large number of European expatriates.

In terms of religion, 31.4% are affiliated with Islam, 31.2% are Buddhist, 22.6% follow Hinduism, and about 14% are affiliated with some form of Christianity.

The languages used in Colombo include Sinhala and Tamil, and English is also used commonly.

Over 29% of males and over 30% of females in Colombo are in the 15 to 29 age range.

Population Growth in Colombo

The city through the years has recorded slow but steady population growth every ten years when the census is taken. This city’s appeal to foreigners and its thriving tourism industry make this an appealing city that is expected to see continued population growth.

Colombo Population 2021

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
2035760,7471.95%14,582
2034746,1651.89%13,846
2033732,3191.82%13,109
2032719,2101.75%12,349
2031706,8611.67%11,618
2030695,2431.59%10,887
2029684,3561.51%10,176
2028674,1801.43%9,491
2027664,6891.35%8,860
2026655,8291.28%8,272
2025647,5571.21%7,739
2024639,8181.15%7,275
2023632,5431.10%6,906
2022625,6371.07%6,636
2021619,0011.06%6,466
2020612,5351.05%6,377
2019606,1581.06%6,337
2018599,8211.06%6,304
2017593,5171.06%6,238
2016587,2791.06%6,172
2015581,1071.06%6,107
2014575,0001.06%6,043
2013568,9571.06%5,972
2012562,985-0.66%-3,738
2011566,723-1.32%-7,600
2010574,323-1.32%-7,702
2009582,025-1.32%-7,795
2008589,820-1.32%-7,920
2007597,740-1.32%-8,016
2006605,756-1.32%-8,124
2005613,880-1.32%-8,221
2004622,101-1.33%-8,354
2003630,455-1.32%-8,455
2002638,910-1.25%-8,056
2001646,9660.47%3,055
2000643,9110.48%3,049
1999640,8620.48%3,030
1998637,8320.48%3,016
1997634,8160.47%2,998
1996631,8180.48%2,991
1995628,8270.48%2,973
1994625,8540.48%2,960
1993622,8940.47%2,941
1992619,9530.48%2,935
1991617,0180.48%2,918
1990614,1000.47%2,903
1989611,1970.47%2,886
1988608,3110.48%2,880
1987605,4310.48%2,863
1986602,5680.48%2,849
1985599,7190.47%2,832
1984596,8870.48%2,826
1983594,0610.48%2,809
1982591,2520.48%2,796
1981588,4560.47%2,741
1980585,7150.47%2,721
1979582,9940.47%2,705
1978580,2890.47%2,692
1977577,5970.47%2,676
1976574,9210.47%2,671
1975572,2500.47%2,655
1974569,5950.47%2,643
1973566,9520.47%2,626
1972564,3260.65%3,669
1971560,6571.15%6,390
1970554,2671.15%6,317
1969547,9501.15%6,237
1968541,7131.15%6,182
1967535,5311.15%6,103
1966529,4281.15%6,034
1965523,3941.15%5,957
1964517,4371.17%5,967
1963511,4701.79%9,001
1962502,4691.79%8,842
1961493,6271.79%8,675
1960484,9521.79%8,545
1959476,4071.79%8,384
1958468,0231.79%8,236
1957459,7871.79%8,080
1956451,7071.79%7,960
1955443,7471.79%7,808
1954435,9391.79%7,672
1953428,2672.19%9,182
1952419,0852.36%9,649
1951409,4362.35%9,414
1950400,0220.00%

Colombo Population Data (Urban Area)

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  1. World Urbanization Prospects - United Nations population estimates and projections of major Urban Agglomerations

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