Sri Lanka Rural Population 1960-2024

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2022 was 17,960,843, a 0.09% decline from 2021.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2021 was 17,977,378, a 0.9% increase from 2020.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2020 was 17,817,298, a 0.37% increase from 2019.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2019 was 17,750,912, a 0.48% increase from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
India 908,804,812
Pakistan 146,845,783
Indonesia 115,892,393
Bangladesh 103,206,552
Nigeria 101,575,770
Egypt 63,300,985
Vietnam 60,123,739
Philippines 60,117,263
Kenya 38,358,435
Myanmar 36,965,999
Sudan 30,020,115
Sri Lanka 17,960,843
Uzbekistan 17,657,930
Ghana 13,853,989
Morocco 13,261,620
Cambodia 12,556,766
Cameroon 11,519,492
Ukraine 11,430,780
Angola 11,359,649
Zambia 10,857,387
Papua New Guinea 8,765,048
Lao PDR 4,698,995
Kyrgyz Republic 4,254,716
Honduras 4,214,875
Tunisia 3,680,393
Bolivia 3,565,773
Nicaragua 2,810,208
Mauritania 2,040,187
Republic of Congo 1,866,593
Lesotho 1,615,392
El Salvador 1,598,862
Georgia 1,473,975
Moldova 1,473,227
West Bank and Gaza 1,145,354
Mongolia 1,055,872
Timor-Leste 911,089
Eswatini 906,348
Solomon Islands 538,975
Bhutan 440,632
Vanuatu 242,389
Djibouti 242,328
Cabo Verde 192,507
Micronesia 87,659
Kiribati 56,354
Sao Tome and Principe 55,128
Sri Lanka Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2022 17,960,843 80.97 -0.09%
2021 17,977,378 81.14 0.89%
2020 17,817,298 81.29 0.37%
2019 17,750,912 81.42 0.48%
2018 17,666,251 81.52 0.64%
2017 17,553,000 81.62 0.29%
2016 17,502,272 81.69 0.35%
2015 17,441,470 81.74 0.41%
2014 17,370,053 81.78 0.48%
2013 17,286,199 81.80 0.54%
2012 17,192,867 81.80 0.77%
2011 17,060,975 81.79 0.94%
2010 16,901,506 81.77 0.92%
2009 16,746,064 81.76 0.98%
2008 16,582,093 81.74 1.04%
2007 16,409,883 81.73 1.06%
2006 16,236,751 81.71 1.01%
2005 16,072,958 81.70 0.96%
2004 15,919,979 81.68 0.98%
2003 15,764,135 81.67 1.02%
2002 15,604,083 81.65 1.02%
2001 15,445,566 81.64 0.78%
2000 15,325,274 81.62 0.59%
1999 15,235,802 81.60 0.61%
1998 15,143,569 81.59 0.62%
1997 15,049,503 81.57 0.71%
1996 14,943,469 81.56 0.81%
1995 14,822,356 81.54 0.93%
1994 14,684,435 81.53 1.06%
1993 14,529,834 81.51 1.15%
1992 14,363,227 81.50 1.21%
1991 14,191,042 81.48 1.25%
1990 14,015,315 81.47 1.27%
1989 13,838,653 81.45 1.30%
1988 13,659,524 81.43 1.38%
1987 13,472,350 81.42 1.41%
1986 13,283,337 81.40 1.41%
1985 13,097,071 81.39 1.39%
1984 12,915,675 81.37 1.38%
1983 12,739,082 81.36 1.43%
1982 12,557,882 81.34 1.59%
1981 12,360,368 81.32 1.61%
1980 12,163,081 81.39 1.65%
1979 11,963,928 81.50 1.70%
1978 11,762,346 81.60 1.67%
1977 11,568,087 81.70 1.65%
1976 11,378,797 81.80 1.67%
1975 11,190,303 81.90 1.68%
1974 11,003,523 82.00 1.75%
1973 10,812,881 82.10 1.84%
1972 10,616,200 82.20 1.91%
1971 10,415,157 82.30 2.00%
1970 10,208,593 82.40 2.08%
1969 9,998,346 82.50 2.15%
1968 9,785,232 82.60 2.24%
1967 9,568,761 82.70 2.26%
1966 9,355,378 82.79 2.25%
1965 9,147,097 82.89 2.28%
1964 8,940,983 82.99 2.29%
1963 8,738,385 83.08 2.21%
1962 8,547,025 83.25 2.21%
1961 8,359,890 83.41 2.22%
1960 8,176,283 83.57 %