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Sri Lanka: Administrative Division

Contents: Provinces and Districts

The population of the provinces and districts of Sri Lanka according to census results and latest official estimates.

NameStatusPopulation
Census
1981-03-17
Population
Census
2001-07-17
Population
Census
2012-03-20
Population
Estimate
2018-07-01
Central (Madhyama)Province2,009,2482,423,9662,571,5572,750,000
KandyDistrict1,048,3171,279,0281,375,3821,468,000
MataleDistrict357,354441,328484,531519,000
Nuwara EliyaDistrict603,577703,610711,644763,000
Eastern (Kilakku, Negenahira)Province975,2511,419,6021,555,5101,710,000
AmparaDistrict388,970592,997649,402719,000
BatticaloaDistrict330,333486,447526,567570,000
TrincomaleeDistrict255,948340,158379,541421,000
North Central (Uturumeda)Province849,4921,104,6771,266,6631,366,000
AnuradhapuraDistrict587,929745,693860,575930,000
PolonnaruwaDistrict261,563358,984406,088436,000
Northern (Vatakku, Uturu)Province1,109,4041,040,9631,061,3151,131,000
JaffnaDistrict738,788490,621583,882613,000
KilinochchiDistrict91,764127,263113,510126,000
MannarDistrict106,235151,57799,570109,000
MullaitivuDistrict77,189121,66792,23896,000
VavuniyaDistrict95,428149,835172,115187,000
North Western (Wayamba)Province1,704,3342,169,8922,380,8612,536,000
KurunegalaDistrict1,211,8011,460,2151,618,4651,711,000
PuttalamDistrict492,533709,677762,396825,000
SabaragamuwaProvince1,482,0311,801,3311,928,6552,047,000
KegalleDistrict684,944785,524840,648884,000
RatnapuraDistrict797,0871,015,8071,088,0071,163,000
Southern (Dakunu)Province1,882,6612,278,2712,477,2852,637,000
GalleDistrict814,531990,4871,063,3341,124,000
HambantotaDistrict424,344526,414599,903655,000
MataraDistrict643,786761,370814,048858,000
UvaProvince914,5221,177,3581,266,4631,364,000
BadullaDistrict640,952779,983815,405873,000
MoneragalaDistrict273,570397,375451,058491,000
Western (Basnahira)Province3,919,8075,381,1975,851,1306,129,000
ColomboDistrict1,699,2412,251,2742,324,3492,439,000
GampahaDistrict1,390,8622,063,6842,304,8332,409,000
KalutaraDistrict829,7041,066,2391,221,9481,281,000
Sri LankaRepublic14,846,75018,797,25720,359,43921,670,000

Source: Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka (web).

Explanation: All 2018 estimates are provisional.