|State’s population now 3,11,69,272|
GUWAHATI, March 31 – Assam, according to the 2011 Census report, has registered a decadal population growth of 16.93 per cent during the last decade compared to 18.92 per cent growth recorded in the 2001 report.
The report also revealed that the sex ratio in the State (number of females per 1,000 males) has increased from 935 to 954.
The population growth rate of the State is less than the national growth rate, which stands at 17.64 per cent.
While the total population of Assam stood at 2,66,55,528 in 2001, the latest report puts the total enumerated population at 3,11,69,272 persons taking the decadal growth of population up by 45,13,744 persons.
The Census report was handed over to media persons today by RK Das, Director, Census Opearations, Assam at a press conference.
While the male population rose to 1,59,54,927 scoring a growth of 15.81 per cent, the female population stood at 1,52,14,345 with a growth of 18.14 per cent.
The highest growth rate at the district level has been recorded by Dhubri (24.40 per cent) which borders Bangladesh closely followed by Morigaon (23.39 per cent) and Goalpara (22.74 per cent). The lowest growth rate has been witnessed in Kokrajhar.
Of the 27 districts, eight districts registered rise in the decadal population growth rate.
The report also stated that the population in the age-group of 0-6 years has ascended to 4,511,307, further classifying the total (0-6 years) in persons between male and female as 2305088 and 2206219 respectively.
“While the growth rate of enumerated males in the age-group of 0-6 years stood at 14.47 per cent from 16.87 in 2001, the female growth rate went down from 16.62 per cent in 2001 to 14.50 per cent,” the 2011 census report pointed out.
All the districts barring Darrang have shown significant improvement in the sex ratio, the highest been recorded in Morigaon (974), while the lowest ratio has been observed in the district of Kamrup (Metro) with 922.
Further, according to the provisional population calculated at the Census of India 2011, the density of population per square kilometer has gone up to 397 as against 340 in 2001 with no change in the State area of 78,438 square kilometre.
The report divulged that Kamrup (Metro) has the highest density of population (2,010) followed by Dhubri (1,171) and Baksa (763), while the lowest density has been seen in Karbi Anglong, with no change from the 2001 census report.