Steep drop in city’s Sinhala population

By Chathura Pamunuwa

 The Sinhala population in Colombo city has dropped to 24 percent in 2012 from 50 percent in 1971, according to the latest statistical records.

The preliminary data of the 2012 Census indicates that the percentages of the Tamil and Muslim populations in Colombo had increased to 33 percent and 40 percent respectively.

In 1971 the Muslim population in Colombo stood at 19 percent and in 2012 it had increased to 40 percent. The percentage of the Tamil population in Colombo in 1971 was 24.5 percent and in 2012 it had increased to 33 percent.

The Sinhala population in the city now stands at 79,468, while Tamil and Muslim populations stand at 106,325 and 126,345 respectively.

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