Demographics

According to the census data, the estimated population of Kurunegala in the year 2001 was 28,401.The male population was 14626 and the female population was 13775. Most of Kurunegala’s residents belong to the Sinhalese majority. Other ethnic minorities include the Sri Lankan Moors, Sri Lankan Tamils, Burghers and Malays. Residents from ethnic minorities live in all parts of the city, however, sizeable communities of Moors and Tamils also live in the areas of Teliyagonna and Wilgoda.

The following Table summarizes the population of Kurunegala according to different ethnicities.

Ethnicity Population % of Total
Sinhalese 20,874 73.66
Sri Lankan Moor 4,452 15.71
Sri Lankan Tamil 2,221 7.84
Malay 349 1.23
Indian Tamil 249 0.88
Burgher 1651 9.56
Others including (Sri Lanka Chetty and Bharatha) 27 0.09

Source: 2001 Census Data

Language

The common languages of Kurunegala, depending on social classes, social circles, and ethnic backgrounds are Sinhalese, Tamil and English.

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