Colombo, Sri Lanka Metro Area Population 1950-2020

Chart and table of population level and growth rate for the Colombo, Sri Lanka metro area from 1950 to 2020. United Nations population projections are also included through the year 2035.
  • The current metro area population of Colombo in 2020 is 613,000, a 1.16% increase from 2019.
  • The metro area population of Colombo in 2019 was 606,000, a 1% increase from 2018.
  • The metro area population of Colombo in 2018 was 600,000, a 1.01% increase from 2017.
  • The metro area population of Colombo in 2017 was 594,000, a 1.19% increase from 2016.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Other Cities in Sri Lanka
City Name Population
Colombo 613,000
Colombo - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2020 613,000 1.16%
2019 606,000 1.00%
2018 600,000 1.01%
2017 594,000 1.19%
2016 587,000 1.03%
2015 581,000 1.04%
2014 575,000 1.05%
2013 569,000 1.07%
2012 563,000 -0.71%
2011 567,000 -1.22%
2010 574,000 -1.37%
2009 582,000 -1.36%
2008 590,000 -1.34%
2007 598,000 -1.32%
2006 606,000 -1.30%
2005 614,000 -1.29%
2004 622,000 -1.27%
2003 630,000 -1.41%
2002 639,000 -1.24%
2001 647,000 0.47%
2000 644,000 0.47%
1999 641,000 0.47%
1998 638,000 0.47%
1997 635,000 0.47%
1996 632,000 0.48%
1995 629,000 0.48%
1994 626,000 0.48%
1993 623,000 0.48%
1992 620,000 0.49%
1991 617,000 0.49%
1990 614,000 0.49%
1989 611,000 0.49%
1988 608,000 0.50%
1987 605,000 0.33%
1986 603,000 0.50%
1985 600,000 0.50%
1984 597,000 0.51%
1983 594,000 0.51%
1982 591,000 0.51%
1981 588,000 0.34%
1980 586,000 0.51%
1979 583,000 0.52%
1978 580,000 0.35%
1977 578,000 0.52%
1976 575,000 0.52%
1975 572,000 0.35%
1974 570,000 0.53%
1973 567,000 0.53%
1972 564,000 0.53%
1971 561,000 1.26%
1970 554,000 1.09%
1969 548,000 1.11%
1968 542,000 1.12%
1967 536,000 1.32%
1966 529,000 1.15%
1965 523,000 1.16%
1964 517,000 1.17%
1963 511,000 1.79%
1962 502,000 1.62%
1961 494,000 1.86%
1960 485,000 1.89%
1959 476,000 1.71%
1958 468,000 1.74%
1957 460,000 1.77%
1956 452,000 1.80%
1955 444,000 1.83%
1954 436,000 1.87%
1953 428,000 2.15%
1952 419,000 2.44%
1951 409,000 2.25%
1950 400,000 0.00%