Kathua District, with population of about 6.2 lakh is Jammu & Kashmir's the 8th most populous district, located in the state Jammu & Kashmir in India. Total geographical area of Kathua district is 2502 km2 and it is the 8th biggest district by area in the state. Population density of the district is 246 persons per km2. There are 5 sub districts in the district, among them Kathua is the most populous sub district with population of about 2.1 lakh and Bani is the least populous sub district with population of about 46 thousand.

There are 7 cities in the district which comes under the district administration, those are - Kathua (M Cl + OG) Municipal Council and Out Growth; Kathua (M Cl) Municipal Council; Hiranagar (MC), Parole (MC), Bashohli (MC), Billawar (MC) and Lakhanpur (MC) Municipal Committees.

Demographics

The district is home to about 6.2 lakh people, among them about 3.3 lakh (53%) are male and about 2.9 lakh (47%) are female. 68% of the whole population are from general caste, 23% are from schedule caste and 9% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Kathua district is 14%, among them 55% are boys and 45% are girls. There are about 1.2 lakh households in the district and an average 5 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 85% (about 5.3 lakh) live in Kathua District rural part and 15% (about 90 thousand) population live in the Kathua District urban part. Rural population density of Kathua district is 214 and urban population density is 2079 persons per km2.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Kathua

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 616,435 421,904 141,224 53,307 83,936
Male 326,109 223,772 74,644 27,693 45,833
Female 290,326 198,132 66,580 25,614 38,103

Most populated Sub Districts, Villages and Cities in Kathua

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population Name Population
Kathua 210949 Janglote 7693 Kathua (M Cl + OG) 59866
Billawar 150882 Forlain 6462 Kathua (M Cl) 51991
Hiranagar 137798 Baggan 6101 Hiranagar (MC) 8294
Bashohli 70810 Kilyal 4907 Parole (MC) 7681
Bani 45996 Machhedi 4653 Bashohli (MC) 5433
Bhaddu 4555 Billawar (MC) 4978
Chelak 4541 Lakhanpur (MC) 3461
Malahar 4482
Mahan Pora 4147
Dhardugun (Dhar Duggnoo) 4078

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 88% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the district followed by Muslims which contribute 10% of the total population and Sikhs are the third largest religious community here with 2% population.. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 890 in Muslims are 904 and in Sikhs are 809.

Religion wise population 2011 - Kathua

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 616,435 540,063 64,234 1,828 9,551 24 16 2 717
Male 326,109 285,720 33,728 941 5,280 12 9 1 418
Female 290,326 254,343 30,506 887 4,271 12 7 1 299

Growth of population

Population of the district has increased by 12.1% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 5.5 lakh. Female population growth rate of the district is 11.4% which is -1.3% lower than male population growth rate of 12.7%. General caste population has increased by 8.6%; Schedule caste population has increased by 10.9%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 56% and child population has increased by 3.2% in the district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Kathua

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 12.1% 8.6% 10.9% 56% 3.2%
Male 12.7% 9.3% 11.6% 55.9% 3.8%
Female 11.4% 7.8% 10.1% 56.1% 2.6%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 890 females per 1000 male in the district. Sex ratio in general caste is 885, in schedule caste is 892 and in schedule tribe is 925. There are 831 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 11 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has decreased by 10 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Kathua

Total General SC ST Child
Change -11 -13 -12 2 -10
2011 890 885 892 925 831
2001 901 898 904 923 841

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

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Bani 925 Chak Rangi 1500 Bashohli (MC) 923
Bashohli 905 Chak Lachhaman 1250 Parole (MC) 903
Hiranagar 897 Juwaloo Chak 1250 Billawar (MC) 895
Billawar 893 Bharthiyal 1250 Kathua (M Cl) 891
Kathua 872 Majra 1167 Kathua (M Cl + OG) 888
Sanghan 1115 Hiranagar (MC) 833
Bhakhrial 1105 Lakhanpur (MC) 538
Thaka Pur Rajputan 1101
Rakh Jahfar 1091
Bhati Mehru 1088

Literacy

Total about 3.9 lakh people in the district are literate, among them about 2.3 lakh are male and about 1.6 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Kathua is 73%. 82% of male and 64% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the district has increased by 7%. Male literacy has gone up by 6% and female literacy rate has gone up by 10%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Kathua

Total Male Female
Change 7.5% 5.8% 9.3%
2011 73.1% 81.5% 63.7%
2001 65.6% 75.7% 54.4%

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

Sub Districts Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Hiranagar 80 Chatha 100 Lakhanpur (MC) 93
Kathua 79 Juwaloo Chak 100 Hiranagar (MC) 88
Bashohli 68 Jhumber Mahtaba 100 Kathua (M Cl) 88
Billawar 67 Bani Chak 98 Bashohli (MC) 87
Bani 54 Chak Rigu (Chak Riju) 96 Kathua (M Cl + OG) 86
Chak Rangi 96 Billawar (MC) 80
Kalna 95 Parole (MC) 78
Chak Gusaun 95
Chak Gota 94
Basi Jamwal 92

Workers profile

Kathua has 33% (about 2 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 50% male and 13% female population are working population. 38% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 12% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 7% of total female population are main and 7% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Kathua

Worker (Among total population) Main Worker (Among workers) Marginal Worker (Among workers) Non Worker (Among total population)
Total 32.5% 23.2% 9.3% 67.5%
Male 49.5% 37.8% 11.7% 50.5%
Female 13.4% 6.7% 6.7% 86.6%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Kathua

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Sarthal 60.9 Kathua (M Cl + OG) 28.3
Dhaggar 57.3 Kathua (M Cl) 28.3
Forlain 44.1 Billawar (MC) 6.4
Athyalta 31.2 Hiranagar (MC) 4
Lawang 31 Bashohli (MC) 2.6
Baggan 30.4 Parole (MC) 1.1
Daulka 28.5
Sadrota 27.2
Bauhra 27.1
Badnotta 26.4