Having celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013, Lusaka is the capital city for the Republic of Zambia–a landlocked country in Southern Africa.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Lusaka ranks as the 200th costliest city dropping 20 places from 2015 when Mercer placed Lusaka as the world’s 180th most expensive city for newly relocated citizens.
Based on commentary from travel site Atlas & Boots, much of Lusaka’s cost improvement was due to weaker Zambian currency compared to the surging American dollar.
Zambia exported an estimated US$5.3 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Zambian exports are mainly copper but also include corn, sugar, electrical energy, gold, tobacco and cobalt according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Lusaka, Zambia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Chaminuka Game Reserve, Sunday Crafts Market, Cathedral of the Holy Cross Lusaka and Lusaka National Museum
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lusaka, Zambia:
- George Gregan, rugby player (born Apr. 19, 1973)
- Julia Rose, actress & producer (born Apr. 13, 1973)
- Catherine Phiri, boxing champion (born Jan. 1, 1987)
- Gabriel Kunda Jr., soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 2, 1992)
- Gloria Huwiler, actress, writer & producer (born Jan. 25, 1984)
- George Gregan, actor (born Apr. 19, 1973)
- Jordan Katembula, singer-songwriter (born Jan. 1, 1978)
- Henry Olonga, professional cricketer (born Jul. 3, 1976)
- Mathews Punza, Olympic judo competitor (born Apr. 27, 1988)
- Portia Clark, singer-songwriter (born Jul. 11, 1990)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Zambia resident: Zambians
Population: 2,660,000 (Lusaka built-up urban area)
Density: 21,983 people per square mile (8,488 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,777,439 (Lusaka Province)
Density: 8,454 people per square mile (21,896 per square kilometer)
Population: 15,510,711 (Zambia)
Density: 54 people per square mile (21 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$65.2 billion as of October 2016 (for Zambia, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $4,204
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Lusaka were unavailable.
Official currency used in Lusaka: Zambia Kwacha
Atlas & Boots, The World’s Most Expensive Cities for Expats 2016. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 2, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Zambia. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 2, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 2, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 2, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Mercer, 2016 Cost of Living Rankings. Accessed on February 16, 2017
Official Government Website, Lusaka City Council. Accessed on December 2, 2016
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on December 2, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 2, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Lusaka. Accessed on December 2, 2016
Wikipedia, Lusaka Province. Accessed on December 2, 2016
Wikipedia, Zambia. Accessed on February 16, 2017
An estimated 1.9 million people live within city limits.
Including its immediate surrounding neighborhood, the population count for Lusaka’s built-up urban area is approximately 2.7 million inhabitants. Lusaka’s extended urban perimeters contains 121 square miles (313 square kilometers).
In addition to its national capital role, Lusaka serves as the capital of Lusaka Province–the smallest of Zambia’s 10 provinces. Lusaka Province has a population totaling 2.8 million living over a vast territory comprised of 8 districts measuring a total 8,454 square miles (21,896 square kilometers).
At the country level, Zambia’s land area covers 287,027 square miles (743,398 square kilometers). The national population count was 15.1 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
For the much more expansive Lusaka Province, much of which remains undeveloped, density drops severely to an average 329 people per square mile (127 per square kilometer).
For Zambia overall, population density drops to an average 54 inhabitants per square mile (21 per square kilometer).
Population density is significantly higher within the built-up urban area of Zambia’s capital city, having an average 22,000 inhabitants per square mile (8,500 per square kilometer).
Zambia separated from the United Kingdom on October 24, 1964. Zambians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each October 24.