Lesotho population 2,391,970 (live)

The population of Lesotho is expected to grow by 29,000 in 2022 and reach 2,409,000 in 2023. Migration (including immigration and emigration) decreases population by 4,000 people yearly. The population density of Lesotho has changed from 43.2 in 1980 to 76.5 in 2020.

Current population 2,391,970 people at present (Monday 23rd of May 2022)
Median Age 25.4 years
Population density 78.4 per km2
Population of Lesotho from 1960 to 2022 (historical)
Year Population Year change Migrants Median age Fertility rate Density (Ppl/km2) Urban population
2022 2,381,000 29,000 (1.2%) -4,000 25.4 78 740,000 (31.1%)
2021 2,352,000 30,000 (1.3%) -4,000 25.4 78 718,000 (30.5%)
2020 2,322,000 29,000 (1.3%) -4,000 25.2 2.91 77 697,000 (30.0%)
2019 0 0 (0.0%) -4,000 25.1 2.95 76 675,000 (29.5%)
2018 0 0 (0.0%) -4,000 25.1 3.00 75 654,000 (28.9%)
2017 0 0 (0.0%) -4,000 25.0 3.05 74 634,000 (28.4%)
2016 0 0 (0.0%) -4,000 24.9 3.10 73 613,544 (27.8%)
2015 2,174,645 28,860 (1.3%) -4,000 24.9 3.14 72 593,939 (27.3%)
2010 2,040,551 21,342 (1.1%) -5,000 24.6 3.30 67 505,098 (24.8%)
2005 1,949,543 15,815 (0.8%) -8,000 24.0 3.55 64 433,754 (22.2%)
2000 1,868,699 18,172 (1.0%) -8,000 23.5 4.09 62 365,293 (19.5%)
1995 1,761,359 29,102 (1.7%) -14,885 23.3 4.55 58 298,638 (17.0%)
1990 1,603,938 27,916 (1.7%) -9,269 23.0 4.92 53 224,022 (14.0%)
1985 1,472,192 29,980 (2.0%) -12,536 22.9 5.31 48 173,012 (11.8%)
1980 1,310,118 33,455 (2.6%) -5,152 22.8 5.59 43 150,009 (11.5%)
1975 1,150,635 26,780 (2.3%) -1,308 23.0 5.76 38 124,522 (10.8%)
1970 1,033,050 21,035 (2.0%) -4,810 23.3 5.81 34 88,925 (8.6%)
1965 933,655 17,833 (1.9%) -4,480 23.6 5.80 31 59,436 (6.4%)
1960 851,591 14,871 (1.7%) -5,000 23.9 5.84 28 29,908 (3.5%)

In 2021 the population of Lesotho was 2,352,000 and the average age increased from 23.9 in 1960 to 25.4. Urban population has increased from 365,293 (19.5%) in 2000 to 740,000 (31.1%) in the current year. The population density of Lesotho has changed from 43.2 in 1980 to 76.5 in 2020.

Estimated Population 2020-2050
Year Population Year change Migrants Median age Fertility rate Density (Ppl/km2) Urban population
2020 0 0 (0.0%) -4,000 25.2 2.91 77 697,000 (30.0%)
2025 2,466,000 28,000 (1.1%) -4,000 25.8 2.72 81 808,000 (32.8%)
2030 2,608,000 28,000 (1.1%) -4,000 26.5 2.57 86 928,000 (35.6%)
2035 2,753,000 30,000 (1.1%) -4,000 27.4 2.45 91 1,057,000 (38.4%)
2040 2,902,000 30,000 (1.0%) -4,000 28.5 2.35 96 1,194,000 (41.1%)
2045 3,055,000 31,000 (1.0%) -4,000 29.6 2.25 101 1,341,000 (43.9%)
2050 3,203,000 29,000 (0.9%) -4,000 30.8 2.17 106 1,496,000 (46.7%)

The life expectancy at birth should reach 68.6 (66.8 years for male and 70.5 years for females). Population density will go up to 105.5 people per square kilometer.

Lesotho demographics 2021

The population growth rate is 1.23% (30,000 residents, including 27,850 deaths). The demographics of Lesotho constitutes of 1,221,000 women and 1,160,000 men, which means there are 950 men per 1000 women. As far as age distribution goes, 44.9% of population (1,068,117) is 19 or younger, 50.4% of population (1,200,738) is between age 20 and 64 and 4.5% of population (107,859) is over 65.

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