Lesotho

Census Results


1946-05-07
1956-04-08 641,674
1966-04-14 969,634
1976-04-12 1,216,815
1986-04-12 1,605,177
1996-04-14 1,862,275
2006-04-09 1,876,633

General Information


Official name the Kingdom of Lesotho
Official name [native] the Kingdom of Lesotho «English»
Muso oa Lesotho «Sesotho»
Capital Maseru
Capital [native] Maseru «English»
Region Southern Africa
ISO code LS
Statistical agency Lesotho Bureau of Statistics

Name in Chinese 莱索托王国
Name in Arabic مملكة ليسوتو
Name in Spanish el Reino de Lesotho
Name in Russian Королевство Лесото
Name in French le Royaume du Lesotho

Administrative units

codedistrictcapitalarea (sq.km.)population
1986-04-12
census
population
1996-04-14
census
population
2006-04-09
census
BBotha-BotheBotha-Bothe1,767106,880109,905110,320
CLeribeHlotse2,828274,935302,664293,369
DBereaTeyateyaneng2,222149,289241,946250,006
AMaseruMaseru4,279311,829393,154431,998
EMafetengMafeteng2,119206,423213,455192,621
FMohale's HoekMohale's Hoek3,530174,998185,459176,928
GQuthingQuthing2,916120,264127,560124,048
HQacha's NekQacha's Nek2,34969,51772,88669,749
JMokhotlongMokhotlong4,07580,51486,46897,713
KThaba-TsekaThaba-Tseka4,270110,528128,778129,881
 total 30,3551,605,1771,862,2751,876,633
source: Lesotho Bureau of Statistics.
note: Population number above for 2006 are final for districts and preliminary results for community councils, based on 'de jure' population. De Jure population being all usual residents of the country and 'de facto' being persons present, according to the LBS.

Expanded administrative units

codedistrict
community council
capitalarea (sq.km.)population
1986-04-12
census
population
1996-04-14
census
population
2006-04-09
census
BBotha-BotheBotha-Bothe1,767106,880109,905110,320
B01Makhunoane    8,085
B02Liqhobong    5,524
B03Ntelle    5,233
B04Likila    19,340
B05Kao    5,304
B06Sekhobe    3,874
B07Moteng    16,838
B08Linakeng    4,347
B09Tsa-Le-Moleka    18,737
B10Lipelaneng    30,320
CLeribeHlotse2,828274,935302,664293,369
C01Limamarela    8,733
C02Mphorosane    9,392
C03Seshote    9,359
C04Matlameng    10,238
C05Pitseng    18,948
C06Motati    10,080
C07Fenyane    10,271
C08Serupane    11,328
C09Malaoaneng    5,864
C10Menkhoaneng    22,502
C11Maisa-Phoka    12,630
C12Sephokong    19,199
C13Linare    24,713
C14Litjotjela    21,383
C15Khomokhoana    26,851
C16Hleoheng    27,576
C17Manka    20,693
C18Tsoili-Tsoili    18,456
DBereaTeyateyaneng2,222149,289241,946250,006
D01Makeoana    33,445
D02Mapoteng    23,926
D03Koeneng    21,887
D04Tebe-Tebe    16,533
D05Phuthiatsana    25,660
D06Maluba-Lube    21,948
D07Motanasela    19,817
D08Senekane    22,262
D09Kanana    19,311
D10Thuathe    11,416
AMaseruMaseru4,279311,829393,154431,998
1Maseru Municipality    227,880
A01Qiloane    24,093
A02Ratau    26,582
A03Likalaneng    10,757
A04Nyakosoba    10,893
A05Makheka    5,473
A06Manonyane    22,491
A07Mohlakeng    18,906
A08Mazenod    27,553
A09Lilala    24,195
A10Makhoarane    26,674
A11Makhalaneng    13,146
A12Ribaneng    7,509
A13Semonkong    7,781
A14Makolopetsane    7,415
A15Telle    6,835
EMafetengMafeteng2,119206,423213,455192,621
E01Metsi-Matso    21,480
E02Mamantso    21,175
E03Mathula    17,867
E04Monyake    12,234
E05Tajane    5,809
E06Ramoetsane    10,519
E07Malakeng    8,382
E08Malumeng    9,740
E09Koti-Se-Phola    12,391
E10Makholane    25,002
E11Qibing    17,374
E12Makaota    31,014
FMohale's HoekMohale's Hoek3,530174,998185,459176,928
F01Siloe    18,261
F02Mashaleng    21,869
F03Motjoleleng    25,096
F04Khoelenya    22,424
F05Teke    5,403
F06Mootsinyane    9,995
F07Phamong    8,402
F08Thaba Mokhele    18,135
F09Qobong    9,324
F10Qhobeng    3,083
F11Seroto    7,836
F12Likhutloaneng    7,937
F13Nkau    9,092
F14Qabane    6,924
GQuthingQuthing2,916120,264127,560124,048
G01Likhohlong     7,455
G02Matsatseng    18,713
G03Qomoqomong    6,760
G04Liphakoe    14,537
G05Ha Nkuebe    10,487
G06Tsatsane    9,452
G07Mkhono    9,840
G08Mokotjomela    12,340
G09Mphaki    20,288
G10Seforong    9,720
HQacha's NekQacha's Nek2,34969,51772,88669,749
H01Patlong    10,819
H02White-Hill    3,197
H03Letloepe    14,527
H04Maseepho    7,879
H05Matebeng    1,735
H06Mosenekeng    2,279
H07Thaba Khube    5,219
H08Khomo Phatsoa    8,263
H09Ratsoleli    6,633
H10Ramatseliso    6,189
H11Thaba-Litsoene    5,036
JMokhotlongMokhotlong4,07580,51486,46897,713
J01Matsoku    4,715
J02Khubelu    8,690
J03Mapholaneng    8,606
J04Pae-La-Itlhatsoa    2,080
J05Popa    6,725
J06Molika-Liko    6,239
J07Khalahali    8,220
J08Moremoholo    9,694
J09Sakeng    2,850
J10Mateanong    7,387
J11Liphamola    8,215
J12Rafolatsane    7,713
J13Marung    5,458
J14Linakaneng    4,452
J15Tekeseleng    4,397
KThaba-TsekaThaba-Tseka4,270110,528128,778129,881
K01Malehloane    11,161
K02Mphe-Lebeko    11,463
K03Bokong    7,283
K04Thaba-Kholo    10,241
K05Lesobeng    12,542
K06Thabana' Mahlanya    14,416
K07Mohlanapeng    9,882
K08Khohlo-Ntso    7,264
K09Bobete    12,066
K10Senyotong    7,740
K11Rapoleboea    11,533
K12Monyetleng    7,306
K13Sehonghong    6,041
 total 30,3551,605,1771,862,2751,876,633
source: Lesotho Bureau of Statistics.
note: Population number above for 2006 are final for districts and preliminary results for community councils, based on 'de jure' population. De Jure population being all usual residents of the country and 'de facto' being persons present, according to the LBS.

Main cities

namepopulation
2006-04-09
census
latitude /
longitude
Maseru227,880-29.32/27.54
Makeoana33,445 
Makaota31,014 
Lipelaneng30,320 
Hleoheng27,576 
Mazenod27,553 
Khomokhoana26,851 
Makhoarane26,674 
Ratau26,582 
Phuthiatsana25,660 
Motjoleleng25,096 
Makholane25,002 
source: Lesotho Bureau of Statistics.
note: 2006 data concerns preliminary results of the census.