What is the Population of El Salvador in 2022? El Salvador Population

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The population of El Salvador in 2022 is 6,330,947. El Salvador’s population increased by 0.08% compared to 2021, which had a population of 6,325,827.

El Salvador’s population growth rate is expected to slow in the upcoming years because of all the people leaving the country for political and economic reasons.

The population of El Salvador 2020 to 2022
2020 2021 2022
Population 6,321,042 6,325,827 6,330,947

El Salvador Population by Department

The most populated departments in El Salvador are San Salvador with 1,732,068, La Libertad with 800,920, and Santa Ana with 560,355 residents.

The least populated departments are Cabañas with 153,437, San Vicente with 174,223, and Chalatenango with 179,255 inhabitants.

Department 2022
Population
1 San Salvador 1,732,068
2 La Libertad 800,920
3 Santa Ana 560,355
4 Sonsonate 504,581
5 San Miguel 464,558
6 Ahuachapan 365,128
7 La Paz 357,629
8 Usulutan 349,229
9 Cuscatlan 266,027
10 La Union 229,871
11 Morazan 193,666
12 Chalatenango 179,255
13 San Vicente 174,223
14 Cabañas 153,437

Most populated Municipalities in El Salvador

The most populated municipalities in El Salvador in 2022 are San Salvador, Soyapango, Santa Ana, San Miguel, and Apopa. The following table has the ten most populated municipalities in the country.

Municipality Department 2022
Population
1 San Salvador San Salvador 335,982

2 Soyapango San Salvador 258,672
3 Santa Ana Santa Ana 251,095
4 San Miguel San Miguel 215,597
5 Apopa San Salvador 155,466
6 Mejicanos San Salvador 135,556
7 Santa Tecla La Libertad 127,294
8 Ahuachapan Ahuachapan 125,544
9 Delgado San Salvador 123,258
10 Colon La Libertad 120,088

Most of the most populated municipalities are in the San Salvador greater metropolitan area.

Least populated Municipalities in El Salvador

The municipalities less populated in El Salvador are San Antonio Los Ranchos, Azacualpa, Mercedes La Ceiba, San Francisco Lempa, and San Luís del Carmen. The following table has the ten least populated municipalities in the country.

Municipality Department 2022
Population
253 Cancasque Chalatenango 1524
254 Cinquera Cabañas 1363
255 Las Flores Chalatenango 1323
256 Las Vueltas Chalatenango 1301
257 San Isidro Labrador Chalatenango 1235
258 San Luís del Carmen Chalatenango 1103
259 San Francisco Lempa Chalatenango 1008
260 Mercedes La Ceiba La Paz 1008
261 Azacualpa Chalatenango 997
262 San Antonio Los Ranchos Chalatenango 988

Most of the municipalities with few inhabitants are in the department of Chalatenago, which is a mainly rural department near the Honduras border.