Banas Kantha District, with population of about 31.2 lakh is Gujarat's the 5th most populous district, located in the state Gujarat in India. Total geographical area of Banas Kantha district is about 11 thousand km2 and it is the 4th biggest district by area in the state. Population density of the district is 290 persons per km2. There are 12 sub districts in the district, among them Deesa is the most populous sub district with population of about 5.9 lakh and Dantiwada is the least populous sub district with population of about 1.2 lakh.

There are 7 cities in the district which comes under the district administration, those are - Palanpur Municipality and Out Growth; Palanpur, Deesa, Dhanera, Tharad and Bhabhar Municipalities (limited to 5 most populous).

Demographics

The district is home to about 31.2 lakh people, among them about 16.1 lakh (52%) are male and about 15.1 lakh (48%) are female. 80% of the whole population are from general caste, 10% are from schedule caste and 9% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Banas Kantha district is 16%, among them 53% are boys and 47% are girls. There are about 5.6 lakh households in the district and an average 6 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 87% (about 27.1 lakh) live in Banas Kantha District rural part and 13% (about 4.1 lakh) population live in the Banas Kantha District urban part. Rural population density of Banas Kantha district is 257 and urban population density is 2093 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Banas Kantha

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 3,120,506 2,508,891 327,460 284,155 510,310
Male 1,610,379 1,296,736 169,288 144,355 268,858
Female 1,510,127 1,212,155 158,172 139,800 241,452

Most populated Sub Districts, Villages and Cities in Banas Kantha

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population Name Population
Deesa 588123 Juna Deesa 15128 Palanpur 141592
Palanpur 438773 Shihori 14550 Palanpur 122344
Tharad 327289 Malgadh 14471 Deesa 111160
Kankrej 275613 Vada 14337 Dhanera 29578
Vav 246156 Basu 13247 Tharad 27954
Vadgam 240326 Mudetha 12230 Bhabhar 21894
Dhanera 230741 Vav 12034 Thara 18060
Danta 224839 Gadh 11910 Ambaji 17753
Deodar 177919 Kamboi 11181 Deodar 14912
Amirgadh 132354 Lakhani 11154 Kanodar 12389

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 93% 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 968.

Religion wise population 2011 - Banas Kantha

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 3,120,506 2,890,305 213,505 1,686 486 281 12,659 83 1,501
Male 1,610,379 1,493,361 108,494 904 276 156 6,314 42 832
Female 1,510,127 1,396,944 105,011 782 210 125 6,345 41 669

Growth of population

Population of the district has increased by 24.6% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 25 lakh. Female population growth rate of the district is 25.1% which is 1% higher than male population growth rate of 24.1%. General caste population has increased by 23.8%; Schedule caste population has increased by 20.6%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 38% and child population has increased by 8.9% in the district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Banas Kantha

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 24.6% 23.8% 20.6% 38% 8.9%
Male 24.1% 23.4% 20.1% 36.4% 9.4%
Female 25.1% 24.2% 21.2% 39.7% 8.4%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 938 females per 1000 male in the district. Sex ratio in general caste is 935, in schedule caste is 934 and in schedule tribe is 968. There are 898 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 8 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has decreased by 9 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Banas Kantha

Total General SC ST Child
Change 8 6 9 22 -9
2011 938 935 934 968 898
2001 930 929 925 946 907

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest sex ratio in Banas Kantha

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Amirgadh 972 Merwada (Mahajan) 1824 Kanodar 1020
Vadgam 966 Jorapura (Amirgadh) 1397 Bhagal (Jagana) 958
Danta 958 Khemarajiya 1383 Ambaji 944
Palanpur 937 Ruppura 1267 Bhabhar 942
Tharad 935 Mandaliya 1233 Chhapi 932
Deesa 934 Varwadia 1231 Dhanera 923
Dhanera 931 Rampura (Vadla) 1206 Tharad 922
Deodar 931 Sarhad Chhapri 1191 Deodar 921
Kankrej 929 Devaliyavali Vav 1188 Palanpur 912
Bhabhar 928 Rampura (Vaghpura) 1161 Palanpur 911

Literacy

Total about 17 lakh people in the district are literate, among them about 10.5 lakh are male and about 6.6 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Banas Kantha is 65%. 78% of male and 52% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the district has increased by 14%. Male literacy has gone up by 12% and female literacy rate has gone up by 18%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Banas Kantha

Total Male Female
Change 14.3% 11.7% 17.3%
2011 65.3% 78.2% 51.7%
2001 51% 66.5% 34.4%

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest literacy rate in Banas Kantha

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Palanpur 79 Aligadh 97 Kanodar 90
Vadgam 78 Dhunsol 93 Bhagal (Jagana) 89
Deesa 65 Jorapura (Lodpa) 91 Palanpur 85
Deodar 65 Latiya 90 Nava Bhildi 85
Danta 63 Talepura (Madana) 89 Palanpur 84
Dantiwada 63 Nandotra (Brahmanvas) 88 Chhapi 81
Kankrej 61 Vedancha 88 Deesa 80
Tharad 60 Surajpura (Khe) 87 Ambaji 78
Vav 59 Islampura 87 Dhanera 76
Bhabhar 59 Badarpura (Kalusana) 87 Deodar 75

Workers profile

Banas Kantha has 40% (about 12.5 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 52% male and 27% female population are working population. 48% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 4% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 15% of total female population are main and 12% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Banas Kantha

Worker Main Worker Marginal Worker Non Worker
Total 40% 32.4% 7.6% 60%
Male 51.9% 48.4% 3.5% 48.1%
Female 27.3% 15.4% 11.9% 72.7%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Banas Kantha

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Kapasiya 53 Palanpur 39.5
Suigam 52.3 Palanpur 39.5
Benap 49.2 Bhabhar 26.4
Kundaliya 48.4 Dhanera 26.1
Vav 46.8 Tharad 22.2
Morwada 43.9 Deesa 20.8
Khimat 42.2 Ambaji 17.4
Bharadava 40.6 Thara 13.6
Virampur 39.9 Deodar 11.5
Ranpur 37.1 Kanodar 7.9