Demographics of Srilanka

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date04 Nov 2021

As of 2021, the population of Srilanka is projected at 21.50 million, up by 0.39% compared with 21.41 million in 2020. Srilanka is ranked 58th in terms of population and 169th in terms of population growth rate.

There are 0.32 million births in Srilanka in 2021. That is 881 per day, which is ranked 74th. The crude birth rate is 14.97 per 1000 people. There are 0.15 million deaths in Srilanka in 2021. That is 409 per day, which is ranked 63rd. The crude death rate is 6.96 per 1000 people.

3.99 million people are living in urban areas, which is 18.86% of Srilanka population. Srilanka is ranked 223rd in terms of urbanization.

The Sex Ratio in Srilanka in 2021 is 91.96 males per 100 females. There are 10.30 million males and 11.20 million females in Srilanka. The percentage of female population is 52.09% compare to 47.91% male population. Srilanka has 0.90 million more females than males. Srilanka is at 22nd position out of 201 countries/territories in terms of female to male ratio.

  • Population
  • Growth rate

Srilanka population

Year Population Growth (%)
19507,971,098-
19558,778,4412.18
19609,874,4762.42
196511,110,8252.4
197012,485,7362.22
197513,755,1411.88
198015,035,8401.67
198516,176,2821.43
199017,325,7691.28
199518,242,9170.82
200018,777,6060.61
200519,544,9880.81
201020,261,7380.69
201520,908,0240.57
201621,021,1770.54
201721,128,0280.51
201821,228,7600.48
201921,323,7340.45
202021,413,2500.42
202121,497,3060.39
  • Total
  • Crude

Srilanka death and birth rate

Year Total Crude(per 1000)
DeathBirthCrude deathCrude birth
1950163,553287,66820.2136.07
1955135,117342,40915.3238.72
1960117,184366,21511.8337.10
1965106,584378,1129.5633.92
197097,818381,0397.8430.60
197595,300388,5146.9128.17
198094,642405,6826.3127.00
1985101,282386,0556.2523.86
1990112,318357,0616.5020.62
1995133,097344,9327.3118.97
2000129,480347,9106.8918.46
2005112,738362,8765.7718.58
2010121,953361,3016.0217.84
2015133,048347,0696.3716.61
2020146,599326,4196.8515.25
2021149,427321,6026.9614.97
  • Population
  • Urbanization

Urban and rural population of Srilanka

Year Population Urbanization
UrbanRuralgrowth rate (%)Urban (%)
19501,221,7416,749,357-15.327
19551,373,6067,404,8433.1915.647
19601,622,5198,251,9623.4316.431
19651,901,0679,209,7612.9817.110
19702,197,23810,288,5182.7917.598
19752,489,23711,265,9242.4418.097
19802,797,66612,238,1902.2418.607
19853,011,55413,168,2421.3518.613
19903,212,09914,117,6141.2018.535
19953,367,98514,879,1360.7418.458
20003,452,17115,329,7670.5218.380
20053,573,62015,950,9380.7018.303
20103,681,42716,516,9260.5318.226
20153,781,47116,932,5690.6518.256
20203,945,48817,138,5541.0018.713
20213,988,11417,157,8851.0818.860
  • Population pyramid
  • Gender ratio

Srilanka population by Age Group (2011)

Age group Male Female Total M per 100 F
PersonsShare (%)
00-04 837,605 810,245 1,647,850 7.67 103.377
05-09 849,853 825,639 1,675,492 7.79 102.933
10-14 861,820 852,247 1,714,067 7.97 101.123
15-19 833,781 838,435 1,672,216 7.78 99.445
20-24 746,500 756,487 1,502,987 6.99 98.680
25-29 675,740 725,603 1,401,343 6.52 93.128
30-34 618,092 719,738 1,337,830 6.22 85.877
35-39 662,439 772,883 1,435,322 6.68 85.710
40-44 727,829 800,718 1,528,547 7.11 90.897
45-49 670,172 712,240 1,382,412 6.43 94.094
50-54 640,444 678,148 1,318,592 6.13 94.440
55-59 595,502 651,999 1,247,501 5.80 91.335
60-64 522,317 609,947 1,132,264 5.27 85.633
65-69 413,377 505,117 918,494 4.27 81.838
70-74 320,540 425,461 746,001 3.47 75.339
75-79 180,316 274,933 455,249 2.12 65.585
80-84 82,831 139,449 222,280 1.03 59.399
85-89 39,440 69,343 108,783 0.51 56.877
90-94 15,837 25,942 41,779 0.19 61.048
95-99 3,600 4,097 7,697 0.04 87.869
100+ 391 209 600 0.00 187.081
Total 10,298,426 11,198,880 21,497,306 91.959