Harda District, with population of about 5.7 lakh is Madhya Pradesh's the least populous district, located in the state Madhya Pradesh in India. Total geographical area of Harda district is 3334 km2 and it is the 4th smallest district by area in the state. Population density of the district is 171 persons per km2. There are 6 sub districts in the district, among them Harda is the most populous sub district with population of about 1.5 lakh and Handiya is the least populous sub district with population of about 72 thousand.

There are 2 cities in the district which comes under the district administration, those are - Harda Municipality and Out Growth; and Harda Municipality.

Demographics

The district is home to about 5.7 lakh people, among them about 2.9 lakh (52%) are male and about 2.8 lakh (48%) are female. 56% of the whole population are from general caste, 16% are from schedule caste and 28% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Harda district is 15%, among them 52% are boys and 48% are girls. There are about 1.1 lakh households in the district and an average 5 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 79% (about 4.5 lakh) live in Harda District rural part and 21% (about 1.2 lakh) population live in the Harda District urban part. Rural population density of Harda district is 136 and urban population density is 4260 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Harda

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 570,465 317,922 92,865 159,678 84,191
Male 294,838 164,839 48,553 81,446 43,667
Female 275,627 153,083 44,312 78,232 40,524

Most populated Sub Districts, Villages and Cities in Harda

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population Name Population
Harda 153933 Sirali 9045 Harda 74268
Rehatgaon 96032 Rahat Gaon 6420 Harda 68162
Khirkiya 90046 Sodalpur 5710 Khirkiya 22737
Sirali 82167 Hardakhurd 4823 Timarni 22359
Timarni 76786 Handia 4221
Handiya 71501 Pokharni 3524
Uda 3499
Nazarpura 3453
Charua 3451
Magardha 3396

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 92% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the district followed by Muslims which contribute 7% of the total population.. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 935 in Muslims are 933.

Religion wise population 2011 - Harda

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 570,465 527,462 38,640 683 676 93 1,573 55 1,283
Male 294,838 272,640 19,991 338 364 51 799 30 625
Female 275,627 254,822 18,649 345 312 42 774 25 658

Growth of population

Population of the district has increased by 20.2% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 4.7 lakh. Female population growth rate of the district is 21.3% which is 2% higher than male population growth rate of 19.3%. General caste population has increased by 16.9%; Schedule caste population has increased by 21.9%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 26.4% and child population has decreased by -3.2% in the district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Harda

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 20.2% 16.9% 21.9% 26.4% -3.2%
Male 19.3% 16% 21.2% 25.2% -3.4%
Female 21.3% 18% 22.6% 27.6% -3.1%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 935 females per 1000 male in the district. Sex ratio in general caste is 929, in schedule caste is 913 and in schedule tribe is 961. There are 928 girls under 6 years of age per 1000 boys of the same age in the district. Overall sex ratio in the district has increased by 16 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has increased by 3 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Harda

Total General SC ST Child
Change 16 16 11 18 3
2011 935 929 913 961 928
2001 919 913 902 943 925

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

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Rehatgaon 955 Malgaon Khurd 1714 Harda 949
Sirali 942 Juna Pani 1667 Harda 943
Harda 935 Patli 1294 Khirkiya 937
Khirkiya 932 Bichupuri 1250 Timarni 934
Timarni 923 Jogi Kheda 1247
Handiya 916 Mahalpura Mal 1241
Udawa 1234
Patkalan 1222
Drigpal Pur 1176
Gangradhana 1167

Literacy

Total about 3.5 lakh people in the district are literate, among them about 2 lakh are male and about 1.5 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Harda is 73%. 81% of male and 63% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the district has increased by 6%. Male literacy has gone up by 3% and female literacy rate has gone up by 9%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Harda

Total Male Female
Change 6.0% 3.2% 9.2%
2011 72.5% 81.1% 63.3%
2001 66.5% 77.9% 54.1%

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

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Timarni 81 Dholgaon Khurd 95 Timarni 88
Harda 80 Pipalghata 93 Harda 88
Khirkiya 74 Bhavras 90 Harda 87
Rehatgaon 66 Nimacha Khurd 90 Khirkiya 85
Handiya 65 Birjakhedi 89
Sirali 62 Gadgi 88
Khidki 88
Dhurgada 87
Kapasi 86
Bhimpura 86

Workers profile

Harda has 40% (about 2.3 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 53% male and 27% female population are working population. 43% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 10% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 13% of total female population are main and 14% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Harda

Worker Main Worker Marginal Worker Non Worker
Total 40.5% 28.7% 11.8% 59.5%
Male 53.2% 43.2% 10% 46.8%
Female 26.9% 13.2% 13.7% 73.1%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Harda

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Junapani 37.8 Khirkiya 9.8
Nausar 23.2 Harda 9.7
Kumroom 23.1 Harda 9.7
Gahal 20.1 Timarni 8.6
Kayari 17.9
Pokharni 17.6
Ratatalai 17.5
Bitiya 17.4
Domra 16.8
Debrabandi 16.1