Sri Lanka Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2017 by City Immigrants

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Sri Lanka Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2017

Sri Lanka Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2017

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean also called Ceylon and many other names. It is about the size of Ireland. It is about 28 kilometres (18 mi.) off the south-eastern coast of India with a population of about 20 million. Density is highest in the south-west where Colombo, the country's main port, and industrial center, is located. The net population growth is about 0.7%. Sri Lanka is ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse.

According to the 2012 census, the population of Sri Lanka was 20,359,439, giving a population density of 325/km2. The population had grown by 5,512,689 (37.1%) since the 1981 census (the last full census), equivalent to an annual growth rate of 1.1%.3,704,470 (18.2%) lived in urban sectors – areas governed by municipal and urban councils.

5,131,666 (25.2%) of the population were aged 14 or under whilst 2,525,573 (12.4%) were aged 60 or over, leaving a working age (15-59) population of 12,702,700. The dependency ratio was 60.2%. The mean age was 32 years and the median age was 31 years. The sex ratio was 94 males per 100 females. The fertility rate for married females aged 15 or over was 2.65 live births.There were 5,264,282 households of which 3,986,236 (75.7%) were headed by males and 1,278,046 (24.3%) were headed by females.


Sri Lanka demographics Population by Religion

Religion in Sri Lanka

  Buddhism 

70.19%

  Hinduism 

12.60%

  Islam 

9.70%

  Christianity 

7.40%

  Other/None

0.80%


 Sri Lanka demographics Population by Immigrants

Though Sri Lanka net migration rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to decrease through 1970 – 2015 period ending at -4.74 migrants per thousand population in 2015.

The number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants over a period, divided by the person-years lived by the population of the receiving country over that period. It is expressed as net number of migrants per 1,000 population.

Date

Value

Change, %

2015

-4.74

-9.49%

2010

-5.24

11.57%

2005

-4.69

-5.88%

2000

-4.99

73.40%

1995

-2.88

75.26%

1990

-1.64

-67.62%

1985

-5.07

53.58%

1980

-3.3

49.32%

1975

-2.21

238.44%

1970

-0.65

-27.85%

1965

-0.91

-43.72%

1960

-1.61

 

 


 Sri Lanka demographics Population by Race
.

According to the 2012 census Buddhists make up 70.1% of the population, Hindus 12.6%, Muslims 9.7% and Christians 7.6%. Most Sinhalese are Buddhist; most Tamils are Hindu; and the Moors and Malays are mostly Muslim. Sizeable minorities of both Sinhalese and Tamils are Christians, most of whom are Roman Catholic. The Burgher population is mostly Roman Catholic or Presbyterian. The Veddahs have Animist and Buddhist practices. The 1978 constitution, while assuring freedom of religion, gives "the foremost place" Buddhism.

Population of Sri Lanka by religion 1881 to 2012

Year

Buddhist

Hindu

Muslim

Christian

Others

Total

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

1953 Census

5,209,400

64.33%

1,610,500

19.89%

541,500

6.69%

724,400

8.95%

12,100

0.15%

8,097,900

1963 Census

7,003,300

66.18%

1,958,400

18.51%

724,000

6.84%

884,900

8.36%

11,400

0.11%

10,582,000

1971 Census

8,536,868

67.27%

2,238,666

17.64%

901,785

7.11%

1,004,326

7.91%

8,252

0.07%

12,689,897

1981 Census

10,288,325

69.30%

2,297,806

15.48%

1,121,717

7.56%

1,130,568

7.61%

8,334

0.06%

14,846,750

2012 Census

14,272,056

70.10%

2,561,299

12.58%

1,967,523

9.66%

1,552,161

7.62%

6,400

0.03%

20,359,439

Sri Lanka Population by City
.

Most Populated Cities In Sri Lanka

City

Population

Colombo

648,034

Galkissa

215,941

Moratuwa

185,031

Jaffna

169,102

Negombo

137,223

Pita Kotte

118,179

Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte

115,826

Kandy

111,701

Trincomalee

108,420

Kalmunai

100,171

 

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