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
|Percantage of total Population
|Child Sex Ratio
|Total Child Population (0-6 Age)
|Male Population (0-6 Age)
|Female Population (0-6 Age)
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.
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
|Child Sex Ratio (0-6)
|Child Population (0-6)
|Child Percentage (0-6)
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
|Kolkata (Municipal Corporation)
|Haora (Municipal Corporation)
|Durgapur (Municipal Corporation)
|Asansol (Municipal Corporation)
|Siliguri (Municipal Corporation)
|Rajpur Sonarpur (Municipality)
|South Dum Dum (Municipality)
|Rajarhat Gopalpur (Municipality)
|Large Urban Agglomeration of West Bengal
West Bengal Districts Population
|Largest District by Population in West Bengal
|North Twenty Four Parganas
|South Twenty Four Parganas
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.