By: ML Verma
Shimla (July 20): Himachal Pradesh has show a slight increase in decadal urban growth as its percentage has gone up to 10.04 percent in 2011 from 9.08 pc in 2001.
Highlighting the provisional population data of state here today, Himachal Census director Balbir Tegta told media persons that rural census count in Himachal was 6,617,805 heads while the urban population was 688,704, with 6,856,506 being the total figure.
Urbanization is confined to Shimla and Solan districts where it has shown population growth at the rate of 24.77 pc and 17.70 pc respectively, while the growth has been less than normal in rest of the state. The state added three new township and 572 villages.
The figure pointed out that population growth is three percent more in urban areas than rural. it has increased at 12.81 pc in the entire state with 12.50 pc in rural areas and 15.64 pc in the urban areas.
Una district has the highest population growth as it has grown at the rate of 16.24 pc having total population of 521057 while Kangra continues to be the most populated district at 1507223 with grow rate of 12.56 percent.
Lahual & Spiti continue registers negative growth rate of minus 5.10 pc while male population growth is minus 10.77 pc with total headcount of just 31,528. Kinnaur with 84,298 persons has a growth rate of 7.61 pc.
Gender ratio in rural areas is a healthy 988:1000 while urban areas continue to be worysome with 875:1000 ratio favouring males. Bringing in some good news to bridge the gender gap, female population has shown growth rate of 13.13 pc compared to state average of 12.81 pc and 12.50 pc for
Another interesting figure is that the state average population growth for
children between 0 to 6 years of age is in negative at minus 3.69 pc while it is minus 4.18 pc in rural and positive 2.03 pc in urban areas.