Maheshtala Municipality, with population of about 4.5 lakh is South Twenty Four Parganas district's the most populous municipality located in South Twenty Four Parganas district of the state West Bengal in India. Total geographical area of Maheshtala municipality is 44 km2 and it is the 2nd biggest city by area in the district. Population density of the city is 10148 persons per km2. There are 35 wards in the city, among them Maheshtala Ward No 14 is the most populous ward with population of about 20 thousand and Maheshtala Ward No 27 is the least populous ward with population of 3714.

Nearest railway station is Batanagar which is within the city. Alipore is the sub district head quarter and the distance from the city is 14 km. District head quarter of the city is Alipore which is 14 km away. Kolkata is the state head quarter of the city.

Demographics

The city is home to about 4.5 lakh people, among them about 2.3 lakh (51%) are male and about 2.2 lakh (49%) are female. 87% of the whole population are from general caste, 12% are from schedule caste and 0% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Maheshtala municipality is 10%, among them 51% are boys and 49% are girls. There are about 1 lakh households in the city and an average 4 persons live in every family.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Maheshtala

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 448,317 391,738 54,645 1,934 46,247
Male 229,693 200,952 27,765 976 23,510
Female 218,624 190,786 26,880 958 22,737

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 58% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the city followed by Muslims which contribute 41% of the total population.. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 965 in Muslims are 932.

Religion wise population 2011 - Maheshtala

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 448,317 259,814 184,314 1,399 558 1,225 84 93 830
Male 229,693 132,190 95,421 655 299 603 40 45 440
Female 218,624 127,624 88,893 744 259 622 44 48 390

Growth of population

Population of the city has increased by 16.4% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 3.9 lakh. Female population growth rate of the city is 19.5% which is 6% higher than male population growth rate of 13.5%. General caste population has increased by 20.1%; Schedule caste population has decreased by -4.1%; Schedule Tribe population has decreased by -9.2% and child population has increased by 1.6% in the city since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Maheshtala

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 16.4% 20.1% -4.1% -9.2% 1.6%
Male 13.5% 16.9% -5.4% -13% 1.5%
Female 19.5% 23.6% -2.7% -5.1% 1.7%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 952 females per 1000 male in the city. Sex ratio in general caste is 949, in schedule caste is 968 and in schedule tribe is 982. There are 967 girls under 6 years of age per 1000 boys of the same age in the city. Overall sex ratio in the city has increased by 48 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has increased by 2 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Maheshtala

Total General SC ST Child
Change 48 51 26 83 2
2011 952 949 968 982 967
2001 904 898 942 899 965

Literacy

Total about 3.3 lakh people in the city are literate, among them about 1.8 lakh are male and about 1.5 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Maheshtala is 82%. 85% of male and 78% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the city has increased by 5%. Male literacy has gone up by 3% and female literacy rate has gone up by 7%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Maheshtala

Total Male Female
Change 5.1% 3.0% 7.9%
2011 82% 85.4% 78.5%
2001 76.9% 82.4% 70.6%

Workers profile

Maheshtala has 36% (about 1.6 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 59% male and 12% female population are working population. 54% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 5% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 8% of total female population are main and 4% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Maheshtala

Worker (Among total population) Main Worker (Among workers) Marginal Worker (Among workers) Non Worker (Among total population)
Total 36.4% 31.5% 4.8% 63.6%
Male 59.3% 54.1% 5.3% 40.7%
Female 12.3% 7.9% 4.4% 87.7%