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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Sierra Leone population 2017

During 2017 Sierra Leone population is projected to increased by 147 749 people and reach 6 818 117 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 152 351. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 4 603 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Sierra Leone to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Sierra Leone population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Sierra Leone will be increased by 405 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Sierra Leone 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Sierra Leone was estimated to be 6 670 368 people. This is an increase of 2.22 % (144 547 people) compared to population of 6 525 821 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 149 050. Due to external migration, the population declined by 4 503. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.956 (956 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Sierra Leone population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Sierra Leone population density

Sierra Leone population density is 93.0 people per square kilometer as of July 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Sierra Leone divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Sierra Leone. The total area of Sierra Leone is 71 740 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Sierra Leone age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Sierra Leone had the following population age distribution:

41.8 54.5 3.7

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Sierra Leone population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Sierra Leone age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Sierra Leone is 83.4 %.

As we can see the dependent part of population is comparable to the working part. It means that each working person in Sierra Leone must provide goods for himself and cover expenditure on one child or aged person additionally. The value of 83.4 % shows that the pressure on productive population in Sierra Leone is very high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Sierra Leone is 76.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Sierra Leone is 6.7 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Sierra Leone age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Sierra Leone is 56.1 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 53.7 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 58.7 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1 851 286 persons or 47.71% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Sierra Leone are able to read and write. Accordingly about 2 028 800 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 58.74% (1 087 334 persons). 763 826 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 37.65% (763 952 persons). 1 264 974 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 75.84% and 59.29% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 67.57%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Sierra Leone population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Sierra Leone historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Sierra Leone population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511 953 410N/A %
19521 973 0701.01 %
19531 994 2421.07 %
19542 016 6161.12 %
19552 039 9581.16 %
19562 064 1041.18 %
19572 088 9651.20 %
19582 114 5241.22 %
19592 140 8201.24 %
19602 167 9311.27 %
19612 195 9351.29 %
19622 224 8751.32 %
19632 254 7361.34 %
19642 285 4571.36 %
19652 317 0111.38 %
19662 349 4001.40 %
19672 382 7341.42 %
19682 417 4321.46 %
19692 454 1811.52 %
19702 493 6581.61 %
19712 536 2731.71 %
19722 582 1161.81 %
19732 631 1091.90 %
19742 683 0891.98 %
19752 737 8562.04 %
19762 795 3712.10 %
19772 855 7172.16 %
19782 918 8042.21 %
19792 984 3362.25 %
19803 052 0382.27 %
19813 120 8872.26 %
19823 189 8572.21 %
19833 260 4382.21 %
19843 336 4512.33 %
19853 421 2082.54 %
19863 517 5732.82 %
19873 625 5243.07 %
19883 736 5123.06 %
19893 834 6452.63 %
19903 904 7101.83 %
19913 938 5540.87 %
19923 937 541-0.03 %
19933 911 537-0.66 %
19943 876 225-0.90 %
19953 848 183-0.72 %
19963 835 430-0.33 %
19973 838 2630.07 %
19983 860 9740.59 %
19993 913 6381.36 %
20004 004 7552.33 %
20014 140 4543.39 %
20024 321 1764.36 %
20034 534 9284.95 %
20044 759 0844.94 %
20054 970 8694.45 %
20065 157 2433.75 %
20075 317 1613.10 %
20085 456 4732.62 %
20095 584 5162.35 %
20105 711 5482.27 %
20115 842 4052.29 %
20125 976 0332.29 %
20136 111 0082.26 %
20146 247 2432.23 %
20156 384 4062.20 %
20166 525 8212.22 %
20176 670 3682.22 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.