Sri Lanka Rural Population 1960-2021

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 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.
  • Sri Lanka rural population for 2017 was 17,501,735, a 1.05% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
India 898,024,053
Pakistan 138,797,696
Indonesia 118,597,107
Bangladesh 101,815,917
Nigeria 99,033,580
Vietnam 60,992,356
Egypt 58,552,675
Philippines 57,630,884
Kenya 38,718,025
Myanmar 37,466,040
Sudan 28,391,086
Sri Lanka 17,817,298
Uzbekistan 16,973,620
Morocco 13,460,542
Ukraine 13,413,416
Ghana 13,252,922
Cambodia 12,667,630
Cameroon 11,266,065
Angola 10,903,384
Zambia 10,179,380
Papua New Guinea 7,753,046
Lao PDR 4,635,257
Kyrgyz Republic 4,162,200
Honduras 4,124,378
Tunisia 3,596,642
Bolivia 3,487,551
Nicaragua 2,715,272
Mauritania 2,077,143
Congo, Rep. 1,775,225
El Salvador 1,722,476
Lesotho 1,520,399
Georgia 1,505,916
Moldova 1,496,110
West Bank and Gaza 1,118,249
Mongolia 1,027,515
Timor-Leste 905,506
Eswatini 879,741
Solomon Islands 517,425
Bhutan 445,097
Vanuatu 228,750
Djibouti 216,748
Cabo Verde 185,411
Micronesia 88,643
Sao Tome and Principe 56,206
Kiribati 53,041
Sri Lanka Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
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 %