Dakshina Kannada District, with population of about 20.9 lakh is Karnataka's the 8th most populous district, located in the state Karnataka in India. Total geographical area of Dakshina Kannada district is 4861 km2 and it is the 11th smallest district by area in the state. Population density of the district is 430 persons per km2. There are 5 sub districts in the district, among them Mangalore is the most populous sub district with population of about 9.9 lakh and Sulya is the least populous sub district with population of about 1.5 lakh.

There are 2 cities in the district which comes under the district administration, those are - Mangalore Municipal Corporation and Out Growth; and Mangalore Municipal Corporation.

Demographics

The district is home to about 20.9 lakh people, among them about 10.3 lakh (50%) are male and about 10.5 lakh (50%) are female. 89% of the whole population are from general caste, 7% are from schedule caste and 4% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Dakshina Kannada district is 10%, among them 51% are boys and 49% are girls. There are about 4.4 lakh households in the district and an average 5 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 52% (about 10.9 lakh) live in Dakshina Kannada District rural part and 48% (about 10 lakh) population live in the Dakshina Kannada District urban part. Rural population density of Dakshina Kannada district is 254 and urban population density is 1807 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Dakshina Kannada

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 2,089,649 1,859,203 148,178 82,268 208,297
Male 1,034,714 920,429 73,324 40,961 106,985
Female 1,054,935 938,774 74,854 41,307 101,312

Most populated Sub Districts, Villages and Cities in Dakshina Kannada

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population Name Population
Mangalore 994602 Ujire 13429 Mangalore 499487
Bantval 395380 Kolnadu 12201 Mangalore 488968
Puttur 287851 Beluvai 10220 Ullal 53773
Beltangadi 266589 Dharmasthala 9818 Puttur 53061
Sulya 145227 Nettanigemudnoor 8447 Bantval 40155
Puthige 8279 Mudbidri 29431
Aletty 8229 Someshwar 24066
Manchi 8017 Sulya 19958
Punacha 7978 Vittal 17618
Laila 7804 Mulki 17274

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 67% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the district followed by Muslims which contribute 24% of the total population and Christians are the third largest religious community here with 8% population.. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 1014 in Muslims are 1006 and in Christians are 1113.

Religion wise population 2011 - Dakshina Kannada

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 2,089,649 1,403,854 501,896 171,398 525 445 10,397 138 996
Male 1,034,714 696,962 250,215 81,113 331 198 5,245 75 575
Female 1,054,935 706,892 251,681 90,285 194 247 5,152 63 421

Growth of population

Population of the district has increased by 10.1% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 19 lakh. Female population growth rate of the district is 10% which is -0.3% lower than male population growth rate of 10.3%. General caste population has increased by 9.1%; Schedule caste population has increased by 13%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 30.7% and child population has decreased by -8.7% in the district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Dakshina Kannada

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 10.1% 9.1% 13% 30.7% -8.7%
Male 10.3% 9.4% 11.4% 29.7% -8.4%
Female 10% 8.8% 14.6% 31.7% -8.9%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 1020 females per 1000 male in the district. Sex ratio in general caste is 1020, in schedule caste is 1021 and in schedule tribe is 1008. There are 947 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 2 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has decreased by 5 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Dakshina Kannada

Total General SC ST Child
Change -2 -6 28 15 -5
2011 1020 1020 1021 1008 947
2001 1022 1026 993 993 952

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest sex ratio in Dakshina Kannada

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Mangalore 1027 Balkunje 1364 Mulur 1221
Beltangadi 1020 Ulipady 1283 Talipady 1164
Sulya 1014 Karnire 1190 Muduperar 1148
Puttur 1011 Elinje 1170 Badagaulipady 1105
Bantval 1010 Kilenjur 1157 Mulki 1083
Athikari Bettu 1152 Mudushedde 1079
Badagakaranduru 1140 Belma 1075
Moodumarnadu 1133 Navoor 1067
Balenja 1132 Sulya 1058
Paladka 1126 Bondathila 1058

Literacy

Total about 16.7 lakh people in the district are literate, among them about 8.6 lakh are male and about 8 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Dakshina Kannada is 89%. 93% of male and 84% 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 7%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Dakshina Kannada

Total Male Female
Change 5.2% 3.4% 6.9%
2011 88.6% 93.1% 84.1%
2001 83.4% 89.7% 77.2%

Sub Districts, Villages and Cities with highest literacy rate in Dakshina Kannada

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Mangalore 92 Pavanje 95 Mangalore 94
Bantval 87 Padupanamboor 94 Mangalore 94
Sulya 87 Sasihithlu 93 Someshwar 93
Puttur 86 Balkunje 92 Ullal 93
Beltangadi 84 Aranthodu 92 Konaje 92
Kollur 91 Kotekara 92
Kallamundkooru 91 Puttur 92
Menna Bettu 91 Munnur 92
Karnire 91 Talipady 92
Surinje 91 Mudbidri 92

Workers profile

Dakshina Kannada has 48% (about 10 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 60% male and 36% female population are working population. 56% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 4% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 31% of total female population are main and 4% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Dakshina Kannada

Worker Main Worker Marginal Worker Non Worker
Total 47.7% 43.8% 4% 52.3%
Male 60% 56.3% 3.7% 40%
Female 35.7% 31.5% 4.3% 64.3%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Dakshina Kannada

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Neriya 108.5 Mangalore 151.9
Malavanthige 69.9 Mangalore 151.9
Shirady 69.9 Mudbidri 40.5
Bilinele 68.7 Puttur 35.1
Aletty 66.5 Bantval 28.1
Navooru 60.8 Vittal 20.4
Madappady 55.6 Sulya 17.1
Charmadi 55.4 Talipady 11.9
Shishila 49.4 Ullal 11.1
Kalanja 49.1 Narikombu 10.7