The provisional 2011 Census data for the district released here on Tuesday is indicative of the ever increasing urbanization in the district.

If more people lived in rural areas compared to urban areas during the 2001 Census, the roles have changed now.

Out of the total population of 32,79,860 in the district, 10,47,296 were in the rural areas. This was a good 5,81,417 less than the rural population of 16,28,713 as per the 2001 Census. Naturally, the urban population has jumped from 14,77,085 in 2001 to 22,32,564, an increase of 7,55,479.

Sex ratio, the number of females per thousand males, on the other hand has shown a marginal increase in the district from 1,019 in 2001 to 1,028 in 2011.

The child sex ratio, the number of females in the age group of 0-6 per thousand males of the same age group, however, has remained unchanged at 954 during the last decade.

These were some of the highlights of the provisional 2011 Census report for the district released here by District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareed.

The population of the district as per the report stood at 32,79,860 as against 31,05,798, a growth rate of 5.60 per cent. Of this, males accounted for 16,17,602, an increase of 5.15 per cent, while females accounted for 16,62,258, a growth rate of 6.05 per cent. In keeping with the growth rate, female outnumbered their male counterparts in the district by 44,656.

While the rural population comprised of 8,08,609 males and 8,20,104 females in 2001 it was 5,18,040 and 5,29,256 respectively in 2011. The corresponding figures for urban population were 7,29,788 males and 7,47,297 females in 2001 and 10,99,561 males and 11,33,002 females in 2011.

Population density in the district has increased from 1,012 in 2001 to 1,069 per sq.km.

Population in the age group of 0-6 stood at 2,89,281, Of this, 1,48,047 were boys and 1,41,234 girls. While the child sex ratio has remained unchanged from the previous Census, the boys have an edge of 6,813 over girls in this age group.

However, when it comes to literacy rate in absolute terms, females regain that edge. Out of the 28,61,509 literate persons in the district, 14,27,572 were males and 14,33,937 were females.

The pendulum swings in favour of males when the percentage of literacy rate is taken. The total literacy rate in the district is 95.68 per cent with 97.14 per cent of the males literate as against 94.27 females.

The positive pointer, however, is that the female literacy rate has improved from 90.7 per cent during the 2001 Census.

Out of the total 32,79,860 persons in the district, 10,47,296 were in the rural areas and 22,32,564 in the urban areas.

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