Girls are still scarce in IT City: Report

Courtesy : Mangalore Today News Network

Home to nearly 96 lakh people, Bangalore district is growing three times faster than the rest of Karnataka, cramming more than 4,300 persons into every square kilometre. Nearly 16% of the state’s population resides in Bangalore today. Bangalore district, which includes the mammoth 198 wards of IT City, has the highest number of female literates in the state, but the sex ratio remains the most skewed in Karnataka, with Bangalore at the lowest at 908, compared to Udupi which has 1,093 per 1,000.


In fact, Udupi, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Chikmagalur have a healthy sex ratio of more than 1,000 females per 1,000 males.

These are the Karnataka’s big demographic highlights coming out of Census 2011, to be released on Wednesday.

While the rest of Karnataka slowed down its pace of population growth in the decade that passed by, Bangalore district grew at a maniacal 46.68%, pushing the population from 65,37,124 in 2001 to 95,88,910 in 2011. Today, 4,378 persons live in every sqkm space of the district -- nearly 10 times that of Dakshina Kannada (457), the second most densely-populated district in the state. Bangalore Rural, which has a density of 441 persons per sqkm, has moved up one position to occupy third spot.

Karnataka’s population growth pace dropped by 1.8% from 2001 to 2011, but Bangalore district recorded a jump from 35.09% in 2001 to 46.68% in 2011. Other fast-growing districts in the state are Bellary (24.92%), Yadgir (22.67%) and Bijapur (20.38%). Census 2011 puts Karnataka’s population at 6.11 crore.

The biggest surprise, perhaps, comes from Chikmagalur, which recorded a negative growth rate in the last decade. Its population dropped from 11,40,905 in 2001 to 11,37,753 in 2011. The district, which grew at a pace of 12.15% between 1991-2001, almost stagnated, recording a -0.28% growth in the following decade. Population growth in Kodagu, too, dropped from 12.31% to 1.13%.

The coastal district of Dakshina Kannada tops the literacy list with 88.65%, followed by Bangalore (88.48%). Most female adult literates in the state live in Bangalore (88.8%), followed by Dakshina Kannada (84.04%).


Five districts -- Udupi, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Chikmagalur -- have a healthy sex ratio of more than 1,000 female per 1000 male. Udupi, which tops the chart, has recorded a drop in the sex ratio from 1,130 in 2001 to 1,093 in 2011. Bangalore remains at the bottom with 908.

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