West Bengal Population Census data 2011

West Bengal is an eastern state, which according to the West Bengal Census 2011, is the fourth most populates state in India. In fact, it is considered the ninth most populated state in the world. The state is bordered by Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The capital of this state is Kolkata, also called Calcutta. This is also known for the Himalayan and sub-Himalayan as well as the Gangetic plain. The population of West Bengal has been increasing especially over the past decade.

This state has been always known for its rich culture and heritage. Right from literature to politics, the population of West Bengal has always been known to produce world renowned writers and political thinkers. Rabindranath Tagore and NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose are few of the examples that come in mind. There have been so many developments over the past seen in West Bengal and not just in terms of the West Bengal Census 2011. This state is known for its hospitality. Anyone who has ever lived here will always remember fondly the friendliness of the place and the people. There are also many food joints that appeal to different kinds of foodies. Street food is something that is a cultural hotspot for not just enjoying the choicest delectable but also to discuss politics, religion and much more.

The main religion in West Bengal is Hinduism. But there is high tolerance policy for all diverse forms of religions. The state has been currently in the news not just for having a woman Chief Minister (a rare feat seen in India) but also for PranabMujherjee who became the Prime Minister of India in 2012. The state is also highly passionate about its sports. Soccer is one of the most popular sports played along with cricket which the famous Eden Gardens in known for.

West Bengal Table Data

Approximate Population 9.13 Crores 8.02 Crore
Actual Population 91,276,115 80,176,197
Male 46,809,027 41,465,985
Female 44,467,088 38,710,212
Population Growth 13.84% 17.84%
Percantage of total Population 7.54% 7.79%
Sex Ratio 950 934
Child Sex Ratio 956 960
Density/km2 1,028 903
Density/mi2 2,664 2,340
Area(Km2) 88,752 88,752
Area mi2 34,267 34,267
Total Child Population (0-6 Age) 10,581,466 11,414,222
Male Population (0-6 Age) 5,410,396 5,824,180
Female Population (0-6 Age) 5,171,070 5,590,042
Literacy 76.26 % 68.64 %
Male Literacy 81.69 % 77.02 %
Female Literacy 70.54 % 59.61 %
Total Literate 61,538,281 47,196,401
Male Literate 33,818,810 27,452,426
Female Literate 27,719,471 19,743,975

West Bengal Population 2011

As per details from Census 2011, West Bengal has population of 9.13 Crores, an increase from figure of 8.02 Crore in 2001 census. Total population of West Bengal as per 2011 census is 91,276,115 of which male and female are 46,809,027 and 44,467,088 respectively. In 2001, total population was 80,176,197 in which males were 41,465,985 while females were 38,710,212.

The total population growth in this decade was 13.84 percent while in previous decade it was 17.84 percent. The population of West Bengal forms 7.54 percent of India in 2011. In 2001, the figure was 7.79 percent.

Capital City

The capital city which is also the largest city in the state of West Bengal is Kolkata. The languages spoken in the West Bengal state includes Bengali and English. In total West Bengal (WB) state comprises 19 districts. The ISOCODE assigned by International Organization for Standardization for West Bengal state is WB.

West Bengal Literacy Rate 2011

Literacy rate in West Bengal has seen upward trend and is 76.26 percent as per 2011 population census. Of that, male literacy stands at 81.69 percent while female literacy is at 70.54 percent. In 2001, literacy rate in West Bengal stood at 68.64 percent of which male and female were 77.02 percent and 59.61 percent literate respectively.

In actual numbers, total literates in West Bengal stands at 61,538,281 of which males were 33,818,810 and females were 27,719,471.

West Bengal Density 2011

Total area of West Bengal is 88,752 sq. km. Density of West Bengal is 1,028 per sq km which is higher than national average 382 per sq km. In 2001, density of West Bengal was 903 per sq km, while nation average in 2001 was 324 per sq km.

West Bengal Sex Ratio

Sex Ratio in West Bengal is 950 i.e. for each 1000 male, which is below national average of 940 as per census 2011. In 2001, the sex ratio of female was 934 per 1000 males in West Bengal.

West Bengal Religious Data

Lot of viewers are asking us to provide religion's data of West Bengal state. Most important question of all is what is the current population of Hindus, Muslim, Sikhs and Christian in state of West Bengal. But Govt. of India is yet to release full religious data of West Bengal state. Once it is released, we will provide the detailed information on this page of West Bengal Population Census 2011.

West Bengal Population 2015

What is the population of West Bengal in 2015 ? The question though legimate has no answer. The last census of West Bengal was done in 2011 and next would be in 2021. As per 2011 population of West Bengal state was 91,276,115.

West Bengal Urban/Rural Population 2011

Description Rural Urban
Population (%) 68.13 % 31.87 %
Total Population 62,183,113 29,093,002
Male Population 31,844,945 14,964,082
Female Population 30,338,168 14,128,920
Population Growth 7.68 % 29.72 %
Sex Ratio 953 944
Child Sex Ratio (0-6) 959 947
Child Population (0-6) 7,820,710 2,760,756
Child Percentage (0-6) 12.58 % 9.49 %
Literates 39,213,779 22,324,502
Average Literacy 72.13 % 84.78 %
Male Literacy 78.44 % 88.37 %
Female Literacy 61.98 % 76.01 %

West Bengal Urban Population 2011

Out of total population of West Bengal, 31.87% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 29,093,002 of which 14,964,082 are males and while remaining 14,128,920 are females. The urban population in the last 10 years has increased by 31.87 percent.

Sex Ratio in urban regions of West Bengal was 944 females per 1000 males. For child (0-6) sex ratio the figure for urban region stood at 947 girls per 1000 boys. Total children (0-6 age) living in urban areas of West Bengal were 2,760,756. Of total population in urban region, 9.49 % were children (0-6).

Average Literacy rate in West Bengal for Urban regions was 84.78 percent in which males were 88.37% literate while female literacy stood at 76.01%. Total literates in urban region of West Bengal were 22,324,502.

West Bengal Rural Population 2011

Of the total population of West Bengal state, around 68.13 percent live in the villages of rural areas. In actual numbers, males and females were 31,844,945 and 30,338,168 respectively. Total population of rural areas of West Bengal state was 62,183,113. The population growth rate recorded for this decade (2001-2011) was 68.13%.

In rural regions of West Bengal state, female sex ratio per 1000 males was 953 while same for the child (0-6 age) was 959 girls per 1000 boys. In West Bengal, 7,820,710 children (0-6) live in rural areas. Child population forms 12.58 percent of total rural population.

In rural areas of West Bengal, literacy rate for males and female stood at 78.44 % and 61.98 %. Average literacy rate in West Bengal for rural areas was 72.13 percent. Total literates in rural areas were 39,213,779.

West Bengal Metropolitan/City Population

Large cities of West Bengal Population Male Female
Kolkata (Municipal Corporation) 4,496,694 2,356,766 2,139,928
Haora (Municipal Corporation) 1,077,075 561,220 515,855
Durgapur (Municipal Corporation) 566,517 294,255 272,262
Asansol (Municipal Corporation) 563,917 292,387 271,530
Siliguri (Municipal Corporation) 513,264 263,702 249,562
Maheshtala (Municipality) 448,317 229,693 218,624
Rajpur Sonarpur (Municipality) 424,368 215,405 208,963
South Dum Dum (Municipality) 403,316 202,214 201,102
Rajarhat Gopalpur (Municipality) 402,844 203,911 198,933
Bhatpara (Municipality) 383,762 203,416 180,346

Large Urban Agglomeration of West Bengal Population Male Female
Kolkata 14,035,959 7,251,908 6,784,051
Asansol 1,243,414 646,052 597,362
Siliguri 705,579 362,523 343,056
Durgapur 580,990 301,607 279,383

West Bengal Districts Population

Largest District by Population in West Bengal Population Male Female
North Twenty Four Parganas 10,009,781 5,119,389 4,890,392
South Twenty Four Parganas 8,161,961 4,173,778 3,988,183
Barddhaman 7,717,563 3,966,889 3,750,674
Murshidabad 7,103,807 3,627,564 3,476,243
Paschim Medinipur 5,913,457 3,007,885 2,905,572
Hugli 5,519,145 2,814,653 2,704,492
Nadia 5,167,600 2,653,768 2,513,832
Purba Medinipur 5,095,875 2,629,834 2,466,041
Haora 4,850,029 2,500,819 2,349,210
Kolkata 4,496,694 2,356,766 2,139,928

West Bengal Census 2011 Conclusion

The official census 2011 of West Bengal has been conducted by Directorate of Census Operations in West Bengal. Enumeration of key persons including Chief Minister of West Bengal was also done by officials conducting population census.

Figures of population census 2011 West Bengal have been represented in chart for your reference at bottom.


Related Questions


# District Child %
1 Uttar Dinajpur 16.13 %
2 Maldah 15.27 %
3 Murshidabad 14.27 %
4 Puruliya 14.00 %
5 Birbhum 12.81 %
# District Density (Km2)
1 Kolkata 24306
2 Haora 3306
3 North Twenty Four Parganas 2445
4 Hugli 1753
5 Murshidabad 1334
# District Growth Rate
1 Uttar Dinajpur 23.15 %
2 Maldah 21.22 %
3 Murshidabad 21.09 %
4 South Twenty Four Parganas 18.17 %
5 Birbhum 16.15 %
# District Literacy
1 Purba Medinipur 87.02 %
2 Kolkata 86.31 %
3 North Twenty Four Parganas 84.06 %
4 Haora 83.31 %
5 Hugli 81.80 %
# District Sex Ratio
1 Darjiling 970
2 Paschim Medinipur 966
3 Hugli 961
4 Murshidabad 958
5 Bankura 957