Provisional results of the recently conducted national population and housing census indicate that Sierra Leone’s population has grown from 4,976,871 million in 2004, up to 7,075,241 million in 2015.
The results were released today during a function held at Miatta International Conference Centre in Freetown officiated by the President, Ernest Bai Koroma.
The provisional results that were released by Statistics Sierra Leone cover population size, distribution, sex and residence up to the sub-county level.
They show that Sierra Leone’s population has increased by 2.1 million people since 2004.
However, notable in the findings is the revelation that females constitute the biggest percentage of the total population of Sierra Leone, with 50.9% compared to males at 49.1%.
The results show that there are 3,473,991 million males in Sierra Leone, compared to 3,601,650 million females.
Further information on the released provisional result shows that the Northern Region has the highest population in the country. Port Loko district also recorded the highest population after the Western Rural and Urban areas.
In the Regions, Northern region has 2,502,805 people compared with Western region which has 1,493,252 Million. The Eastern region has 1,641,012 million people while the South is the least populated region with 1,438,572 people.
President Koroma, while accepting the provisional figures said He believed that those figures would serve as indications of the country’s development needs and challenges. According to him, “We get a pointer to how far we have come, how many of our compatriots are being left behind, in what areas and of what we should do to bridge the gaps in order to bring many more onboard to our unstoppable journey to prosperity.”
In his presentation, the Statistician General of Statistics Sierra Leone, Mohamed King Koroma said the overall goal of the 2015 Population and Housing Census (PHC) is to contribute to the improvement of quality life of Sierra Leoneans through the provision of relevant, reliable and timely data for development planning, policy formulation and service delivery, as well as for monitoring and evaluation programmes and plans.
The main census enumeration was initially well planned in December 2014 but was postponed-first to April 2016 and then to December 2016, due to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in the country.