Colombo Population 2024

Colombo's 2024 population is now estimated at 639,818In 1950, the population of Colombo was 400,022Colombo has grown by 7,275 in the last year, which represents a 1.15% 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.

Country
Sri Lanka
Growth Rate
1.15%
Year
Population
2035760,747
2034746,165
2033732,319
2032719,210
2031706,861
2030695,243
2029684,356
2028674,180
2027664,689
2026655,829
2025647,557
2024639,818
2023632,543
2022625,637
2021619,001
2020612,535
2019606,158
2018599,821
2017593,517
2016587,279
2015581,107
2014575,000
2013568,957
2012562,985
2011566,723
2010574,323
2009582,025
2008589,820
2007597,740
2006605,756
2005613,880
2004622,101
2003630,455
2002638,910
2001646,966
2000643,911
1999640,862
1998637,832
1997634,816
1996631,818
1995628,827
1994625,854
1993622,894
1992619,953
1991617,018
1990614,100
1989611,197
1988608,311
1987605,431
1986602,568
1985599,719
1984596,887
1983594,061
1982591,252
1981588,456
1980585,715
1979582,994
1978580,289
1977577,597
1976574,921
1975572,250
1974569,595
1973566,952
1972564,326
1971560,657
1970554,267
1969547,950
1968541,713
1967535,531
1966529,428
1965523,394
1964517,437
1963511,470
1962502,469
1961493,627
1960484,952
1959476,407
1958468,023
1957459,787
1956451,707
1955443,747
1954435,939
1953428,267
1952419,085
1951409,436
1950400,022
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Colombo Population 2024

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Year
Population
Growth Rate
Growth
1950400,0220%0
1951409,4362.35%9,414
1952419,0852.36%9,649
1953428,2672.19%9,182
1954435,9391.79%7,672
1955443,7471.79%7,808
1956451,7071.79%7,960
1957459,7871.79%8,080
1958468,0231.79%8,236
1959476,4071.79%8,384
1960484,9521.79%8,545
1961493,6271.79%8,675
1962502,4691.79%8,842
1963511,4701.79%9,001
1964517,4371.17%5,967
1965523,3941.15%5,957
1966529,4281.15%6,034
1967535,5311.15%6,103
1968541,7131.15%6,182
1969547,9501.15%6,237
1970554,2671.15%6,317
1971560,6571.15%6,390
1972564,3260.65%3,669
1973566,9520.47%2,626
1974569,5950.47%2,643
1975572,2500.47%2,655
1976574,9210.47%2,671
1977577,5970.47%2,676
1978580,2890.47%2,692
1979582,9940.47%2,705
1980585,7150.47%2,721
1981588,4560.47%2,741
1982591,2520.48%2,796
1983594,0610.48%2,809
1984596,8870.48%2,826
1985599,7190.47%2,832
1986602,5680.48%2,849
1987605,4310.48%2,863
1988608,3110.48%2,880
1989611,1970.47%2,886
1990614,1000.47%2,903
1991617,0180.48%2,918
1992619,9530.48%2,935
1993622,8940.47%2,941
1994625,8540.48%2,960
1995628,8270.48%2,973
1996631,8180.48%2,991
1997634,8160.47%2,998
1998637,8320.48%3,016
1999640,8620.48%3,030
2000643,9110.48%3,049
2001646,9660.47%3,055
2002638,910-1.25%-8,056
2003630,455-1.32%-8,455
2004622,101-1.33%-8,354
2005613,880-1.32%-8,221
2006605,756-1.32%-8,124
2007597,740-1.32%-8,016
2008589,820-1.32%-7,920
2009582,025-1.32%-7,795
2010574,323-1.32%-7,702
2011566,723-1.32%-7,600
2012562,985-0.66%-3,738
2013568,9571.06%5,972
2014575,0001.06%6,043
2015581,1071.06%6,107
2016587,2791.06%6,172
2017593,5171.06%6,238
2018599,8211.06%6,304
2019606,1581.06%6,337
2020612,5351.05%6,377
2021619,0011.06%6,466
2022625,6371.07%6,636
2023632,5431.1%6,906
2024639,8181.15%7,275
2025647,5571.21%7,739
2026655,8291.28%8,272
2027664,6891.35%8,860
2028674,1801.43%9,491
2029684,3561.51%10,176
2030695,2431.59%10,887
2031706,8611.67%11,618
2032719,2101.75%12,349
2033732,3191.82%13,109
2034746,1651.89%13,846
2035760,7471.95%14,582
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Colombo Population Data (Urban Area)

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Name
2024 Population
2024 Growth
Colombo639,8181.15%

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