West Bengal State Rural Part, with population of about 6 crore is India's the 3rd most rural populous state. Total geographical area of West Bengal state rural part is about 84 thousand km2 and it is the 13th biggest rural state by area in the country. Population density of the state is 744 persons per km2. There are 19 districts in the state, among them South Twenty Four Parganas Rural is the most populous district with rural population of about 60.7 lakh and Alipurduar Rural is the least populous district with rural population of about 10 lakh. South Twenty Four Parganas Rural is the biggest district in the state with an rural area of 9541 km2 and Haora Rural is the smallest with 1036 km2.

There is only one city in the state that comes directly under the state administration which is Siliguri Municipal Corporation.

Demographics

The state is home to about 6 crore people, among them about 3 crore (51%) are male and about 3 crore (49%) are female. 65% of the whole population are from general caste, 27% are from schedule caste and 8% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of West Bengal state rural part is 13%, among them 51% are boys and 49% are girls. There are about 1 crore households in the state and an average 5 persons live in every family.

Rural population density of West Bengal state rural part is 744 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - West Bengal

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 62,183,113 40,232,891 17,095,107 4,855,115 7,820,710
Male 31,844,945 20,652,594 8,764,294 2,428,057 3,992,655
Female 30,338,168 19,580,297 8,330,813 2,427,058 3,828,055

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 66% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the state followed by Muslims which contribute 31% of the total population all other religious communities contribute 3% of the total population. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 949 in Muslims are 957

Religion wise population 2011 - West Bengal

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 62,183,113 41,331,600 19,146,627 490,624 9,600 184,759 10,963 918,374 90,566
Male 31,844,945 21,209,432 9,784,832 243,900 5,261 92,502 5,780 457,713 45,525
Female 30,338,168 20,122,168 9,361,795 246,724 4,339 92,257 5,183 460,661 45,041

Growth of population

Population of the state has increased by 7.7% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 6 crore. Female population growth rate of the state is 7.8% which is 0.3% higher than male population growth rate of 7.5%. General caste population has increased by 5.6%; Schedule caste population has increased by 10.1%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 17.4% and child population has decreased by -14.2% in the state since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - West Bengal

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 7.7% 5.6% 10.1% 17.4% -14.2%
Male 7.5% 5.5% 10.2% 16.4% -14.1%
Female 7.8% 5.8% 10% 18.3% -14.4%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 953 females per 1000 male in the state. Sex ratio in general caste is 948, in schedule caste is 951 and in schedule tribe is 1000. There are 959 girls under 6 years of age per 1000 boys of the same age in the state. Overall sex ratio in the state has increased by 3 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has decreased by 4 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - West Bengal

Total General SC ST Child
Change 3 3 -2 16 -4
2011 953 948 951 1000 959
2001 950 945 953 984 963

Literacy

Total about 4 crore people in the state are literate, among them about 2 crore are male and about 2 crore are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of WEST BENGAL is 72%. 78% of male and 66% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the state has increased by 9%. Male literacy has gone up by 5% and female literacy rate has gone up by 13%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - West Bengal

Total Male Female
Change 8.7% 5.3% 12.3%
2011 72.1% 78.4% 65.5%
2001 63.4% 73.1% 53.2%

Workers profile

WEST BENGAL has 39% (about 2 crore) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 57% male and 19% female population are working population. 44% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 13% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 8% of total female population are main and 11% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - West Bengal

Worker Main Worker Marginal Worker Non Worker
Total 38.7% 26.5% 12.2% 61.3%
Male 57.2% 44% 13.2% 42.8%
Female 19.4% 8.1% 11.2% 80.6%