Sierra Leone Population 2022


Sierra Leone map
  • The current population of Sierra Leone is estimated at 8,372,988 people as of December, 2022, according to the latest population growth rate and projections.
  • Population of Sierra Leone represent 0.11% of the total world population.
  • The population density of Sierra Leone is 114 inhabitants per km2.
  • Sierra Leone is located in Africa.
  • Sierra Leone ranks number 103 in the list of countries ordered by population.
  • The latitudinal point of Sierra Leone is 8.638647. The longitudinal coordinate of the country is -11.846320.
  • The median age in Sierra Leone is 19.40 years.
  • Minimum Wages in Sierra Leone is 600,000 SLL per month, around USD $45.56 per month, in 2022.
  • The countries that Sierra Leone shares its land boundary with are Guinea to the north and east, Liberia to the south. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the west.

Sierra Leone

Official name Republic of Sierra Leone
Location Africa
Capital Freetown
Population 8,301,650 (as of July 2022)
Population density 114/km2
Population growth rate 2.02% (in 2022)
Area 71,740 km2 (27,698.96 sq mi)
Official language English
Currency Leone (SLL)
Life expectancy 55.54 years
Internet TLD .sl
Call code +232

Sierra Leone Population Graph

Sierra Leone Population History (1960-2020)

Year Population Male Population Female Population Male (%) Female (%) Urban Population Urban (%)
2020 7,978,899 3,982,268 3,996,631 49.91% 50.09% 3,424,543 42.92%
2019 7,815,082 3,898,944 3,916,138 49.89% 50.11% 3,319,847 42.48%
2018 7,651,985 3,816,810 3,835,175 49.88% 50.12% 3,218,425 42.06%
2017 7,490,224 3,734,626 3,755,598 49.86% 50.14% 3,118,929 41.64%
2016 7,330,605 3,654,307 3,676,298 49.85% 50.15% 3,022,408 41.23%
2015 7,173,630 3,574,620 3,599,010 49.83% 50.17% 2,928,993 40.83%
2014 7,018,837 3,496,785 3,522,052 49.82% 50.18% 2,837,716 40.43%
2013 6,865,622 3,419,080 3,446,542 49.8% 50.2% 2,748,995 40.04%
2012 6,714,197 3,342,999 3,371,198 49.79% 50.21% 2,661,508 39.64%
2011 6,564,813 3,267,964 3,296,849 49.78% 50.22% 2,576,689 39.25%
2010 6,417,176 3,193,187 3,223,989 49.76% 50.24% 2,493,715 38.86%
2009 6,274,240 3,121,434 3,152,806 49.75% 50.25% 2,413,700 38.47%
2008 6,135,071 3,050,971 3,084,100 49.73% 50.27% 2,336,235 38.08%
2007 5,992,636 2,979,539 3,013,097 49.72% 50.28% 2,258,625 37.69%
2006 5,832,155 2,898,581 2,933,574 49.7% 50.3% 2,175,394 37.3%
2005 5,648,452 2,806,716 2,841,736 49.69% 50.31% 2,085,408 36.92%
2004 5,436,712 2,700,415 2,736,297 49.67% 50.33% 1,989,837 36.6%
2003 5,203,675 2,583,625 2,620,050 49.65% 50.35% 1,891,536 36.35%
2002 4,968,253 2,465,744 2,502,509 49.63% 50.37% 1,794,036 36.11%
2001 4,756,446 2,360,149 2,396,297 49.62% 50.38% 1,706,137 35.87%
2000 4,586,862 2,275,084 2,311,778 49.6% 50.4% 1,634,299 35.63%
1999 4,464,605 2,213,551 2,251,054 49.58% 50.42% 1,579,577 35.38%
1998 4,383,675 2,172,549 2,211,126 49.56% 50.44% 1,540,423 35.14%
1997 4,337,463 2,148,779 2,188,684 49.54% 50.46% 1,514,208 34.91%
1996 4,314,816 2,136,697 2,178,119 49.52% 50.48% 1,495,947 34.67%
1995 4,306,105 2,131,091 2,175,014 49.49% 50.51% 1,482,592 34.43%
1994 4,311,935 2,133,114 2,178,821 49.47% 50.53% 1,474,251 34.19%
1993 4,331,129 2,141,743 2,189,386 49.45% 50.55% 1,470,851 33.96%
1992 4,349,901 2,150,156 2,199,745 49.43% 50.57% 1,466,787 33.72%
1991 4,350,837 2,149,313 2,201,524 49.4% 50.6% 1,457,095 33.49%
1990 4,321,923 2,134,166 2,187,757 49.38% 50.62% 1,437,039 33.25%
1989 4,256,561 2,101,039 2,155,522 49.36% 50.64% 1,405,516 33.02%
1988 4,158,714 2,051,909 2,106,805 49.34% 50.66% 1,363,642 32.79%
1987 4,040,173 1,992,613 2,047,560 49.32% 50.68% 1,315,480 32.56%
1986 3,918,643 1,931,891 1,986,752 49.3% 50.7% 1,266,897 32.33%
1985 3,807,207 1,876,192 1,931,015 49.28% 50.72% 1,218,306 32%
1984 3,709,367 1,827,234 1,882,133 49.26% 50.74% 1,170,676 31.56%
1983 3,621,664 1,783,307 1,838,357 49.24% 50.76% 1,127,062 31.12%
1982 3,541,934 1,743,694 1,798,240 49.23% 50.77% 1,086,665 30.68%
1981 3,465,845 1,705,542 1,760,303 49.21% 50.79% 1,048,418 30.25%
1980 3,390,188 1,667,633 1,722,555 49.19% 50.81% 1,010,954 29.82%
1979 3,315,163 1,630,397 1,684,766 49.18% 50.82% 974,326 29.39%
1978 3,242,461 1,593,994 1,648,467 49.16% 50.84% 939,341 28.97%
1977 3,172,088 1,558,764 1,613,324 49.14% 50.86% 905,631 28.55%
1976 3,104,146 1,524,757 1,579,389 49.12% 50.88% 873,507 28.14%
1975 3,038,677 1,492,294 1,546,383 49.11% 50.89% 842,625 27.73%
1974 2,976,782 1,461,302 1,515,480 49.09% 50.91% 807,899 27.14%
1973 2,915,969 1,431,158 1,484,811 49.08% 50.92% 767,483 26.32%
1972 2,857,435 1,402,429 1,455,006 49.08% 50.92% 729,217 25.52%
1971 2,801,246 1,374,571 1,426,675 49.07% 50.93% 693,028 24.74%
1970 2,747,360 1,347,855 1,399,505 49.06% 50.94% 658,542 23.97%
1969 2,695,768 1,322,274 1,373,494 49.05% 50.95% 625,957 23.22%
1968 2,646,391 1,297,790 1,348,601 49.04% 50.96% 594,909 22.48%
1967 2,599,135 1,274,096 1,325,039 49.02% 50.98% 565,832 21.77%
1966 2,553,876 1,251,655 1,302,221 49.01% 50.99% 537,846 21.06%
1965 2,510,483 1,230,137 1,280,346 49% 51% 511,636 20.38%
1964 2,468,891 1,209,510 1,259,381 48.99% 51.01% 486,618 19.71%
1963 2,429,048 1,189,748 1,239,300 48.98% 51.02% 462,977 19.06%
1962 2,390,909 1,170,828 1,220,081 48.97% 51.03% 441,601 18.47%
1961 2,354,487 1,152,757 1,201,730 48.96% 51.04% 421,453 17.9%
1960 2,319,724 1,135,737 1,183,987 48.96% 51.04% 402,472 17.35%
Source: Worldbank Open Data | Some data could be adjusted by Pediaglobe.

Cities in Sierra Leone ordered by Population

The list offered below features the biggest cities of Sierra Leone. Besides, in the table you will find information regarding the population size in these cities. Cities are ordered by population (largest to smallest).

Sierra Leone

# City Population 2022
1 Freetown 803,522
2 Bo 175,766
3 Kenema 144,125
4 Koidu 125,684
5 Makeni 88,310
6 Waterloo 55,391
7 Lunsar 22,690
8 Port Loko 21,464
9 Goderich 19,416
10 Kabala 18,136
11 Segbwema 16,654
12 Bumpe 16,292
13 Magburaka 15,036
14 Kailahun 14,215
15 Binkolo 14,007
16 Yengema 13,486
17 Rokupr 12,868
18 Gandorhun 12,385
19 Kambia 11,618
20 Bonthe 10,308
21 Pendembu 8,871
22 Blama 8,281
23 Kamakwie 8,220
24 Panguma 8,118
25 Pujehun 8,052
26 Kukuna 7,793
27 Barma 7,671
28 Boajibu 7,521
29 Bunumbu 7,485
30 Sumbuya 7,213
31 Baoma 7,137
32 Moyamba 6,773
33 Mambolo 6,746
34 Tombodu 6,065
35 Daru 6,018
36 Foindu 5,945
37 Masingbi 5,737
38 Motema 5,557
39 Tintafor 5,547
40 Bomi 5,545
41 Buedu 5,474
42 Mamboma 5,296
43 Kassiri 5,230
44 Hastings 5,200
45 Hangha 5,085
46 Potoru 4,996
47 Rotifunk 4,934
48 Zimmi 4,866
49 Koribundu 4,683
50 Pepel 4,512
51 Serabu 4,327
52 Manowa 4,283
53 Gbewebu 4,171
54 Palima 4,163
55 Gorahun 4,131
56 Tombu 4,075
57 Baiima 3,820
58 Wima 3,760
59 Masoyila 3,698
60 Yonibana 3,649
61 Tefeya 3,615
62 Makali 3,598
63 Tongole 3,533
64 Mobai 3,506
65 Loma 3,496
66 Sawkta 3,489
67 Largo 3,485
68 Mange 3,392
69 Giehun 3,391
70 Masaka 3,278
71 Bumbuna 3,264
72 Bindi 3,239
73 Jojoima 3,177
74 Alikalia 3,171
75 Konakridee 3,165
76 Gberia Fotombu 3,094
77 Mogbwemo 2,932
78 Koyima 2,755
79 Simbakoro 2,557
80 Seidu 2,271

Other Countries from Africa Ranked by Population

Country Name Population 2022 Population density
Nigeria 216,850,785 218/km2
Ethiopia 119,814,176 93/km2
Democratic Republic of the Congo 105,404,210 46/km2
Egypt 105,191,099 102/km2
Tanzania 63,582,799 47.5/km2
South Africa 60,839,972 42/km2
Kenya 55,839,697 78/km2
Uganda 49,130,208 161.1/km2
Sudan 46,010,693 21/km2
Algeria 45,433,964 17.9/km2
Morocco 37,722,619 50.1/km2
Angola 33,103,620 25/km2
Mozambique 33,099,311 28.9/km2
Ghana 32,257,331 102/km2
Madagascar 29,098,694 35.6/km2
Ivory Coast 27,485,355 64/km2
Cameroon 27,395,781 39.9/km2
Niger 26,010,912 12.2/km2
Burkina Faso 22,081,135 65/km2
Mali 21,396,790 11.8/km2