Sri Lanka Rural Population 1960-2022

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 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.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2018 was 17,666,251, a 0.94% increase from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
India 900,239,774
Pakistan 140,885,076
Indonesia 118,034,120
Bangladesh 101,534,935
Nigeria 99,895,289
Vietnam 60,813,626
Egypt 59,571,123
Philippines 58,095,301
Kenya 39,318,626
Myanmar 37,570,619
Sudan 28,924,766
Sri Lanka 17,977,378
Uzbekistan 17,308,463
Morocco 13,419,849
Ghana 13,332,254
Ukraine 13,250,844
Cambodia 12,766,097
Cameroon 11,393,898
Angola 11,041,997
Zambia 10,370,034
Papua New Guinea 7,891,952
Lao PDR 4,653,497
Kyrgyz Republic 4,207,572
Honduras 4,127,639
Tunisia 3,594,097
Bolivia 3,493,674
Nicaragua 2,729,410
Mauritania 2,094,698
Republic of Congo 1,794,236
El Salvador 1,687,118
Lesotho 1,522,574
Georgia 1,488,191
Moldova 1,467,190
West Bank and Gaza 1,132,085
Mongolia 1,039,235
Timor-Leste 917,934
Eswatini 886,674
Solomon Islands 527,095
Bhutan 444,481
Vanuatu 233,757
Djibouti 218,309
Cabo Verde 184,854
Micronesia 89,437
Sao Tome and Principe 55,678
Kiribati 53,004
Sri Lanka Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
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 0.94%
2017 17,501,735 81.62 1.04%
2016 17,320,519 81.69 1.04%
2015 17,141,717 81.74 0.87%
2014 16,992,664 81.78 0.91%
2013 16,838,942 81.80 0.78%
2012 16,708,467 81.80 0.15%
2011 16,683,726 81.79 0.69%
2010 16,568,834 81.77 0.70%
2009 16,452,578 81.76 0.71%
2008 16,335,508 81.74 0.73%
2007 16,216,506 81.73 0.76%
2006 16,093,977 81.71 0.79%
2005 15,967,669 81.70 0.83%
2004 15,835,620 81.68 0.86%
2003 15,699,501 81.67 0.86%
2002 15,564,702 81.65 0.81%
2001 15,438,588 81.64 0.73%
2000 15,326,282 81.62 0.63%
1999 15,229,994 81.60 0.55%
1998 15,146,667 81.59 0.53%
1997 15,067,265 81.57 0.58%
1996 14,979,994 81.56 0.70%
1995 14,875,639 81.54 0.84%
1994 14,751,882 81.53 0.96%
1993 14,610,706 81.51 1.07%
1992 14,454,805 81.50 1.16%
1991 14,288,114 81.48 1.22%
1990 14,114,438 81.47 1.29%
1989 13,933,278 81.45 1.36%
1988 13,744,582 81.43 1.42%
1987 13,551,176 81.42 1.44%
1986 13,357,305 81.40 1.45%
1985 13,165,391 81.39 1.44%
1984 12,977,455 81.37 1.43%
1983 12,792,939 81.36 1.45%
1982 12,608,684 81.34 1.50%
1981 12,420,470 81.32 1.48%
1980 12,238,121 81.39 1.53%
1979 12,052,334 81.50 1.61%
1978 11,859,347 81.60 1.68%
1977 11,661,588 81.70 1.72%
1976 11,462,828 81.80 1.73%
1975 11,265,873 81.90 1.73%
1974 11,072,123 82.00 1.75%
1973 10,880,449 82.10 1.78%
1972 10,688,356 82.20 1.86%
1971 10,491,847 82.30 1.96%
1970 10,288,496 82.40 2.07%
1969 10,077,332 82.50 2.18%
1968 9,860,225 82.60 2.25%
1967 9,640,410 82.70 2.29%
1966 9,422,394 82.79 2.28%
1965 9,209,763 82.89 2.26%
1964 9,003,962 82.99 2.24%
1963 8,804,840 83.08 2.15%
1962 8,617,879 83.25 2.16%
1961 8,433,916 83.41 2.18%
1960 8,252,001 83.57 %