Lesotho Population clock (live)

2,274,630
Current population
1,120,189
Current male population (49.2%)
1,154,441
Current female population (50.8%)
52,876
Births year to date
118
Births today
27,353
Deaths year to date
61
Deaths today
-3,534
Net migration year to date
-8
Net migration today
21,989
Population growth year to date
49
Population growth today

23-10-2020 14:52:09

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

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Quick facts about the population of Lesotho

Current population (as of Friday, October 23, 2020)
2,274,581
Population rank
146 (0.03% of world population)
Total area
30,350 km2 (11,718 mi2)
Population density
74.9 per km2 (194.1 people/mi2)
Sex ratio
0.97 (1,120,189 men to 1,154,441 women)
Median age
21.3 years
Life expectancy
51.6 years (51.5 - men, 51.8 - women)
Literacy
79.4 %

(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)

Lesotho population 2020

During 2020 Lesotho population is projected to increase by 27,054 people and reach 2,279,695 in the beginning of 2021. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 31,402. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 4,348 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Lesotho 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 2020

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Lesotho population in 2020 will be the following:

The population of Lesotho will be increasing by 74 persons daily in 2020.

Demographics of Lesotho 2019

As of 1 January 2020, the population of Lesotho was estimated to be 2,252,641 people. This is an increase of 1.20 % (26,733 people) compared to population of 2,225,908 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 31,029. Due to external migration, the population declined by 4,296. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.970 (970 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 2019.

Below are the key figures for Lesotho population in 2019:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2020

Lesotho population density

Lesotho population density is 74.2 people per square kilometer (192.2/mi2) as of October 2020. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Lesotho divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Lesotho. The total area of Lesotho is 30,350 km2 (11,718 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Religion in Lesotho

Religion Number of followers Percentage of
total population
Christianity2,204,06996.9 %
Religiously Unaffiliated70,5123.1 %

Source: Pew Research Center. The Global Religious Landscape external link.

Number of followers estimated by Countrymeters external link (Friday, October 23 2020).

Lesotho age structure

As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates Lesotho had the following population age distribution:

33.5 61.1 5.4

- 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 Lesotho 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 "Lesotho 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 Lesotho is 63.7 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Lesotho must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Lesotho is relatively 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 Lesotho is 54.9 %.

Aged dependency ratio

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

Aged dependency ratio in Lesotho is 8.8 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Lesotho 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 Lesotho is 51.6 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). external link

Male life expectancy at birth is 51.5 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 51.8 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 1,188,491 persons or 79.39% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Lesotho are able to read and write. Accordingly about 308,546 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 70.07% (512,256 persons). 218,838 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 88.29% (676,236 persons). 89,707 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 76.98% and 93.4% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 85.09%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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

Lesotho historical population (1951 - 2020)

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

Lesotho population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
1951739,131N/A %
1952749,5851.41 %
1953760,2071.42 %
1954771,0391.42 %
1955782,1371.44 %
1956793,5691.46 %
1957805,4151.49 %
1958817,7701.53 %
1959830,7311.58 %
1960844,3941.64 %
1961858,8331.71 %
1962874,0821.78 %
1963890,1261.84 %
1964906,9081.89 %
1965924,3621.92 %
1966942,4941.96 %
1967961,3542.00 %
1968980,9212.04 %
19691,001,0892.06 %
19701,021,7742.07 %
19711,042,8822.07 %
19721,064,4032.06 %
19731,086,6572.09 %
19741,110,2592.17 %
19751,135,7872.30 %
19761,163,5332.44 %
19771,193,4062.57 %
19781,224,9982.65 %
19791,257,6882.67 %
19801,290,8102.63 %
19811,324,0492.58 %
19821,357,3692.52 %
19831,390,4312.44 %
19841,422,5332.31 %
19851,453,0522.15 %
19861,481,4791.96 %
19871,507,6731.77 %
19881,532,4121.64 %
19891,557,2581.62 %
19901,583,7351.70 %
19911,612,7171.83 %
19921,644,1301.95 %
19931,676,9101.99 %
19941,709,2891.93 %
19951,739,4711.77 %
19961,766,5131.55 %
19971,790,4481.35 %
19981,811,6641.18 %
19991,830,6321.05 %
20001,847,9280.94 %
20011,863,8570.86 %
20021,878,4890.79 %
20031,892,1330.73 %
20041,905,4100.70 %
20051,918,9430.71 %
20061,933,0950.74 %
20071,948,0010.77 %
20081,963,9250.82 %
20091,981,3040.88 %
20102,000,5000.97 %
20112,021,7681.06 %
20122,045,1411.16 %
20132,070,1961.23 %
20142,096,1291.25 %
20152,122,1101.24 %
20162,147,5971.20 %
20172,173,3901.20 %
20182,199,4921.20 %
20192,225,9081.20 %
20202,252,6411.20 %

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

Population projection (2020-2100)

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
20202,322,213N/A %
20252,466,3276.21 %
20302,607,9565.74 %
20352,752,5685.55 %
20402,902,1995.44 %
20453,054,5015.25 %
20503,203,4724.88 %
20553,343,8154.38 %
20603,469,8103.77 %
20653,578,7153.14 %
20703,670,7332.57 %
20753,746,3882.06 %
20803,806,3451.60 %
20853,851,4741.19 %
20903,882,4950.81 %
20953,900,1610.46 %
21003,904,9890.12 %

The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).

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