POPULATION SIZE AND DISTRIBUTION  

I ndia’s Population Size and Distribution by Numbers 

  • India’s population as on March 2011 stood at 1,210.6 million, which accounts for 17.5 percent of the world’s population.

  • These 1.21 billion people are unevenly distributed over our country ’s vast area of 3.28 million square km, which accounts for 2.4 percent of the world’s area.

  • Uttar Pradesh accounts for about 16 percent of the country’s population.

  • The Himalayan state of Sikkim has a population of just about 0 .6 million and Lakshadweep has only 64,429 people.

  •  Almost half of India’s population lives in just five states-Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.

  •  Rajasthan, the biggest state in terms of area, has only 5.5 percent of the total population of India.

India’s Population Distribution by Density

  •  Population density provides a better picture of uneven distribution.

  •  Population density is calculated as the number of persons per unit area.

  •  India is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

  • Note the States with population densities below 250 persons per square km.

  • Rugged terrain and unfavorable climatic conditions are primarily responsible for the sparse population in these areas.

  • Assam and most of the Peninsular states have moderate population densities.

  • The Hilly, dissected, and rocky nature of the terrain, moderate to low rainfall, and shallow and less fertile soils have influenced population densities in these areas.

  •  The Northern plains and Kerala in the south have high to very high population densities because of the flat plains with fertile soils and abundant rainfall. 
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