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| Last Updated:: 20/02/2017

Demography

Sikkim

The Sikkim census of 2011 says population of Sikkim is the least in all of India. This thinly populated state has a population of mere 6.10 lacs, and has grown by approximately one lac since the last census.

The state of Sikkim is also the second smallest state in India, and thus, the population density here isn't as low as you'd expect it to be. The density is less than 100 in Sikkim, and has undergone significant increment. The population growth rate is another factor indicating the population status. In Sikkim, the decadal growth rate of population has considerably reduced to just above 12%. Percentage of literates however, has increased by about 15%, which is a huge leap toward progress. Increase in female literacy also tells an optimistic story.


The gender ratio in Sikkim has increased from 875 in 2001 to 890 females for every 1000 males in 2011 census. As with most north eastern states in India, the land has not been developed largely. Hence, only over 20% of the population of Sikkim lives in cities. The capital city Gangtok is also the largest one in Sikkim. While, urban population is growing at an alarming rate of above 150%, the rural population isn't growing at all, but is decreasing.

The languages spoken in the Sikkim state includes Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Kulung, Gurung, Manggar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar. In total Sikkim (SK) state comprises 4 districts. The ISOCODE assigned by International Organization for Standardization for Sikkim state is SK.

 

 

Description

2011

2001

Approximate Population

6.10 Lakh

5.41 Lakh

Actual Population

6,10,577

540,851

Male

3,23,070

288,484

Female

2,87,507

252,367

Population Growth

12.89%

32.98%

Percantage of total Population

0.05%

0.05%

Sex Ratio

890

875

Child Sex Ratio

957

938

Density/km2

86

76

Density/mi2

223

197

Area km2

7,096

7,096

Area mi2

2,740

2,740

Total Child Population (0-6 Age)

64,111

78,195

Male Population (0-6 Age)

32,761

39,842

Female Population (0-6 Age)

31,350

38,353

Literacy

81.42 %

68.81 %

Male Literacy

86.55 %

77.38 %

Female Literacy

75.64 %

59.63 %

Total Literate

4,44,952

318,335

Male Literate

2,51,269

189,060

Female Literate

1,93,683

129,275

 

Description

Rural

Urban

Population (%)

74.85 %

25.15 %

Total Population

4,56,999

1,53,578

Male Population

2,42,797

80,273

Female Population

2,14,202

73,305

Population Growth

-4.99 %

156.52 %

Sex Ratio

882

913

Child Sex Ratio (0-6)

964

934

Child Population (0-6)

49,218

14,893

Child Percentage (0-6)

10.77 %

9.70 %

Literates

3,21,930

1,23,022

Average Literacy

78.95 %

88.71 %

Male Literacy

84.62 %

92.93 %

Female Literacy

62.97 %

76.63 %

 Source: Census of India 2011