Evoking images of green foliage, “Garden City” is a popular nickname for the centrally located Lusaka. A moderate climate has earned Zambia the moniker the “air-conditioned state”.
Lusaka is making progress as a developing city. Headquarters for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is found in Zambia’s capital. Lusaka also houses the Zambia National Assembly building.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank the Zambian capital on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Lusaka on several individual factors. For instance, Lusaka’s pollution score ranks in the bottom 6% while Zambia’s capital finished in the lowest 6% for health care. Lusaka is the off-the-charts leader for the severest property price to income ratio.
From an international trade perspective, Zambia exported an estimated US$7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include unrefined copper (54.2% of Zambia’s global total), refined copper and alloys (16.3%), sulfuric acid (2.1%), sugar (1.7%), cement including cement clinkers (1.6%), gold (1.1%), and unmanufactured tobacco (1%) 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: 2,774,133 (Lusaka) at August 6, 2020
Density: 22,927 people per square mile (8,863 per square kilometer)
Population: 18,438,750 (Zambia) at August 6, 2020
Density: 64 people per square mile (25 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Zambia: 17.6 years old
GDP: US$76 billion in 2019 (Zambia)
GDP per person: $4,148
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
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Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
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Zambia separated from the United Kingdom on October 24, 1964. Zambians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each October 24.
The population count for Lusaka’s built-up urban area is about 2.8 million inhabitants at August 2020. Lusaka’s urban land area measures 121 square miles (313 square kilometers).
At the country level, Zambia’s land area covers 287,024 square miles (743,390 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 18.4 million residents as of August 2019.
Population density is more concentrated within Lusaka’s built-up urban area, averaging 22,927 people per square mile (8,863 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Zambia’s overall land boundaries, population density thins out to an average 64 inhabitants per square mile (25 per square kilometer).