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Sierra Leone Population 2023

Sierra Leone officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, informally Salon,  is a country on the southwest coast of West Africa. As per the UN World Population Prospects report, the population of  Sierra Leone in 2023 is 8,791,092 (88 Lakh)

Population of Sierra Leone in 2023  – 8.8 million

 Sierra Leone 2023 Population
Total Population8,791,092
Global Rank103
Land Area 71,620 sq. km (27,650 sq. mi)
Area Rank117
Pop. Density111 people/sq. km
Capital CityFreetown

Source: UN World Population Prospects report

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Sierra Leone Demographics
Fertility Rate* 4.32
Infant mortality rate ** 70.1
Median Age  19.4 Years
Life Expectancy 55.92 years
Urban Population 44%

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Religion in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is officially a secular state, Islam and Christianity are the two main and dominant religions in the country. Islam is the largest religion followed by  78.5% of Sierra Leone’s population. The vast majority of Sierra Leonean Muslims are adherent to Sunni Islam.

Christianity is practiced by  20.4% of the population. The majority of Sierra Leonean Christians are Protestants, and the main protestant churches are  Methodists, Evangelicals, Presbyterians, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, and Lutherans. Roman Catholics are the second largest non-Protestant Christians. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Anglicans, and Latter-day Saints form a small minority of the Christian population in Sierra Leone. 

Religion percentage in Sierra Leone 

  • Muslim – 78.5%
  • Christian – 20.4%
  • None – 1.1%

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Top Cities in Sierra Leone by Population

5Koidu Town80,025
7Port Loko23,195
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