Gaighata Community Development Block, with population of about 3.3 lakh is North Twenty Four Parganas district's the 2nd most populous sub district, located in North Twenty Four Parganas district of the state West Bengal in India. There are 100 villages in the sub district, among them Phulsara is the most populous village with population of 8716 and Byasati is the least populous village with population of 325. Phulsara is the biggest village in the sub district with an area of 8 km2 and Byasati is the smallest with 0 km2.

There are 7 census towns in the sub district, those are - Shimulpur, Dhakuria, Chikanpara, Chandpara and Sonatikiri Census Towns (limited to 5 most populous).

Demographics

The sub district is home to about 3.3 lakh people, among them about 1.7 lakh (51%) are male and about 1.6 lakh (49%) are female. 49% of the whole population are from general caste, 49% are from schedule caste and 2% are schedule tribes. Child (aged under 6 years) population of Gaighata community development block is 9%, among them 51% are boys and 49% are girls. There are about 80 thousand households in the sub district and an average 4 persons live in every family.

The majority of the population, nearly 80% (about 2.7 lakh) live in Gaighata Sub District rural part and 20% (about 65 thousand) population live in the Gaighata Sub District urban part.

Caste wise male female population 2011 - Gaighata

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 330,287 162,209 162,281 5,797 29,228
Male 169,216 83,445 82,882 2,889 14,796
Female 161,071 78,764 79,399 2,908 14,432

Most populated Villages and Cities in Gaighata

Villages Cities
Name Population Name Population
Phulsara 8716 Shimulpur 20803
Panchpota 8312 Dhakuria 10165
Barasat 7441 Chikanpara 9594
Angrail 6978 Chandpara 7113
Rampur 6936 Sonatikiri 6919
Ichhapur 5999 Bara 5172
Bagchara 5745 Chhekati 4995
Mondalpara 5607
Jaleshwar 5602
Narikela 5222

Religion wise distribution of population

Hindus contribute 93% of the total population and are the largest religious community in the sub district followed by Muslims which contribute 6% of the total population.. Female Sex ratio per 1000 male in Hindus are 949 in Muslims are 986.

Religion wise population 2011 - Gaighata

Total Hindu Muslim Christian Sikh Buddhist Jain Others Not Stated
Total 330,287 308,073 21,198 770 41 28 23 6 148
Male 169,216 158,044 10,673 372 18 11 9 5 84
Female 161,071 150,029 10,525 398 23 17 14 1 64

Growth of population

Population of the sub district has increased by 9.9% in last 10 years. In 2001 census total population here were about 3 lakh. Female population growth rate of the sub district is 10.2% which is 0.6% higher than male population growth rate of 9.6%. General caste population has increased by 6.8%; Schedule caste population has increased by 12.5%; Schedule Tribe population has increased by 31.7% and child population has decreased by -16.5% in the sub district since last census.

Growth of population (percent) 2001 to 2011 - Gaighata

Total General Schedule Caste Schedule Tribe Child
Total 9.9% 6.8% 12.5% 31.7% -16.5%
Male 9.6% 6.5% 12.2% 31.4% -17.4%
Female 10.2% 7.1% 12.7% 32.1% -15.4%

Sex Ratio - Females per 1000 Male

As of 2011 census there are 952 females per 1000 male in the sub district. Sex ratio in general caste is 944, in schedule caste is 958 and in schedule tribe is 1007. There are 975 girls under 6 years of age per 1000 boys of the same age in the sub district. Overall sex ratio in the sub district has increased by 5 females per 1000 male during the years from 2001 to 2011. Child sex ratio here has increased by 23 girls per 1000 boys during the same time.

Change in sex ratio 2001 to 2011 - Gaighata

Total General SC ST Child
Change 5 5 4 6 23
2011 952 944 958 1007 975
2001 947 939 954 1001 952

Villages and Cities with highest sex ratio in Gaighata

Villages Cities
Name Sex Ratio Name Sex Ratio
Katakhali 1072 Dhakuria 1011
Gutri 1026 Chikanpara 1005
Jadabpur 1022 Shimulpur 980
Kamia 1016 Sonatikiri 977
Baghna 1015 Bara 957
Natgram 1007 Chandpara 946
Narikela 1006 Chhekati 939
Hudasimulpur 1000
Mahishakati 998
Shimulia 994

Literacy

Total about 2.5 lakh people in the sub district are literate, among them about 1.3 lakh are male and about 1.1 lakh are female. Literacy rate (children under 6 are excluded) of Gaighata is 82%. 87% of male and 78% of female population are literate here. Overall literacy rate in the sub district has increased by 7%. Male literacy has gone up by 5% and female literacy rate has gone up by 11%.

Change in literacy rate 2001 to 2011 - Gaighata

Total Male Female
Change 7.2% 4.5% 10.0%
2011 82.3% 86.9% 77.5%
2001 75.1% 82.4% 67.5%

Villages and Cities with highest literacy rate in Gaighata

Villages Cities
Name Literacy Rate % Name Literacy Rate %
Sonatikri 93 Sonatikiri 91
Raghunandanpur 92 Chikanpara 91
Gaighata 91 Chandpara 87
Byasati 91 Bara 86
Garibpur 91 Dhakuria 84
Simuliapara 89 Shimulpur 83
Malayapur 89 Chhekati 83
Shyampur Shripur 89
Singjol 89
Karola 88

Workers profile

Gaighata has 37% (about 1.2 lakh) population engaged in either main or marginal works. 60% male and 13% female population are working population. 56% of total male population are main (full time) workers and 4% are marginal (part time) workers. For women 9% of total female population are main and 4% are marginal workers.

Percentage of working population - Gaighata

Worker (Among total population) Main Worker (Among workers) Marginal Worker (Among workers) Non Worker (Among total population)
Total 36.9% 33% 3.9% 63.1%
Male 60% 56% 4% 40%
Female 12.5% 8.8% 3.7% 87.5%

Biggest Villages and Cities in Gaighata

Villages Cities
Name Area (Km2) Name Area (Km2)
Phulsara 8.4 Shimulpur 5.9
Tentulbaria 7.1 Chikanpara 2.7
Angrail 6.9 Dhakuria 2.4
Barnagaria 6.5 Chhekati 1.9
Ramnagar 5.8 Bara 1.7
Barasat 5.6 Chandpara 1.7
Rampur 5.6 Sonatikiri 0.8
Gadadharpur 4.2
Ichhapur 3.8
Jaleshwar 3.7