Kargil District, with population of about 1.4 lakh is Jammu & Kashmir's the 2nd least populous district, located in the state Jammu & Kashmir in India. Total geographical area of Kargil district is about 14 thousand km2 and it is the 2nd biggest district by area in the state. Population density of the district is 10 persons per km2. There are 3 sub districts in the district, among them Kargil is the most populous sub district with population of about 86 thousand and Zanskar is the least populous sub district with population of about 14 thousand.

There is only one city in the district that comes under the district administration which is Kargil (MC) Municipal Committee.

Demographics

The district is home to about 1.4 lakh people, among them about 78 thousand (55%) are male and about 63 thousand (45%) are female. 13% of the whole population are from general caste, 0% are from schedule caste and 87% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Kargil district is 14%, among them 51% are boys and 49% are girls. There are about 18 thousand households in the district and an average 8 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 88% (about 1.2 lakh) live in Kargil District rural part and 12% (about 16 thousand) population live in the Kargil District urban part. Rural population density of Kargil district is 9 and urban population density is 7635 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Kargil

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 140,802 18,448 18 122,336 19,928
Male 77,785 15,121 12 62,652 10,078
Female 63,017 3,327 6 59,684 9,850

Most populated Sub Districts, Villages and Cities in Kargil

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population Name Population
Kargil 86461 Rambirpur (Drass) 8397 Kargil (MC) 16338
Sanku 40548 Saleskot 3605
Zanskar 13793 Choskar 3430
Push Kum 3419
Tres Pone 3332
Thang Dumbur 2698
Thasgam Thaine 2567
Tambis 2442
Lankarchey 2425
Karkit 2373

Religion wise distribution of population

Muslims contribute 77% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the district followed by Buddhists which contribute 14% of the total population and Hindus are the third largest religious community here with 7% population all other religious communities contribute 2% of the total population. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Muslims are 941 in Buddhists are 975 and in Hindus are 36

Religion wise population 2011 - Kargil

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 140,802 10,341 108,239 604 1,171 20,126 28 4 289
Male 77,785 9,985 55,762 532 1,101 10,188 16 3 198
Female 63,017 356 52,477 72 70 9,938 12 1 91

Growth of population

Population of the district has increased by 18% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 1.2 lakh. Female population growth rate of the district is 15.9% which is -3.9% lower than male population growth rate of 19.8%. General caste population has increased by 33.8%; Schedule caste population has decreased by -87.1%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 16.1% and child population has increased by 2.8% in the district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Kargil

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 18% 33.8% -87.1% 16.1% 2.8%
Male 19.8% 50.7% -89.6% 14.3% 2.9%
Female 15.9% -11.4% -75% 18% 2.7%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 810 females per 1000 male in the district. Sex ratio in general caste is 220, in schedule caste is 500 and in schedule tribe is 953. There are 977 girls under 6 years of age per 1000 boys of the same age in the district. Overall sex ratio in the district has decreased by 27 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has decreased by 3 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Kargil

Total General SC ST Child
Change -27 -154 291 30 -3
2011 810 220 500 953 977
2001 837 374 209 923 980

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest sex ratio in Kargil

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Zanskar 968 Hamiling 1293 Kargil (MC) 621
Sanku 900 Remala Skyagam 1170
Kargil 749 Phultuks 1137
Shergandi 1112
Itchoo 1092
Selapigai Pak 1086
Jusgund 1085
Mushku 1072
Phey 1069
Seni 1067

Literacy

Total about 86 thousand people in the district are literate, among them about 56 thousand are male and about 30 thousand are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Kargil is 71%. 83% of male and 56% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the district has increased by 10%. Male literacy has gone up by 7% and female literacy rate has gone up by 14%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Kargil

Total Male Female
Change 10.5% 7.4% 13.9%
2011 71.3% 83.2% 56.3%
2001 60.8% 75.8% 42.4%

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest literacy rate in Kargil

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Kargil 77 Rambirpur (Drass) 97 Kargil (MC) 84
Sanku 64 Pranti 83
Zanskar 60 Pandras 83
Panikhar 83
Gindial 82
Darkiat 80
Kharbu 79
Jusgund 79
Saleskot 79
Chokial 78

Workers profile

Kargil has 37% (about 52 thousand) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 51% male and 19% female population are working population. 32% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 19% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 6% of total female population are main and 13% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Kargil

Worker Main Worker Marginal Worker Non Worker
Total 36.8% 20.6% 16.3% 63.2%
Male 51.2% 32.4% 18.9% 48.8%
Female 19.1% 6% 13.1% 80.9%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Kargil

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Choskar 5.3 Kargil (MC) 2.1
Thasgam Thaine 4.9
Thang Dumbur 4.5
Lankarchey 3.6
Minji 3.5
Push Kum 3.5
Padam 3.4
Karshah 3.2
Wakhade 3.2
Malbekh 3.2