CENSUS 2011 : Nepal's population is 26,620,809
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CENSUS 2011 : Nepal's population is 26,620,809

Kathmandu : Nepal | Sep 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM PDT
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Nepal’s population is 26,620,809, according to the preliminary report of the National Population Census 2011 released on Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The report states that the annual growth of population in Nepal is 1.4 per cent which is a little less than what was found 10 years ago. In 2001, the population growth was 2.25 per cent.

“Furthermore, the result also revealed that the size of the household in Nepal has decreased from 5.44 in 2001 to 4.7 in 2011,” the report stated.

The result shows that the absentee population increased to 1,917,903, more than double than in 2001.

The preliminary result reveals that the population of male and female in Nepal is 12,927,431 and 13,693,378 respectively.

The Terai belt constitutes highest proportion of the population followed by Hill and Mountain belt. More than half of the total population of the country (50.2 per cent) lives in Terai followed by Hill and Mountain belt that constitutes about 43 percent and 7 percent of the total population respectively, CBS said.

The urban population constitutes about 17 percent of the total population.

The result also reveals that Kathmandu district has the largest population followed by Morang. Manang constitutes the lowest population, according to the report. (list below)



Major Highlights of the Preliminary Results

(As provided by CBS)

  • Population of Nepal as of census day, June 22, 2011 stands at 26.6 millions. Total addition in the population of Nepal during last 10 years is recorded as 3.45 millions with an annual average growth of 1.40 percent.
  • Population density of Nepal is estimated 181 per sq.kms. Kathmandu district has the highest density (4408) and Manang (3) has the least.
  • Kathmandu has recorded the highest decadal population growth (60.93 %) compared to all Nepal (14.99 %) and lowest in Manang (-31.92 %).
  • Tarai constitutes 50.15 percent of Population while hill constitutes 43.1 percent and mountain 6.75 percent.
  • Central Development Region records highest population (36.5 %) and Far Western Development Region records the lowest (9.6 %).
  • Sex ratio is estimated to be 94.41 (male per hundred female) in the current census as compared to 99.80 in the previous census 2001.
  • National average household size has decreased from 5.44 in 2001 to 4.70 in 2011. The household size is recorded to be highest in Rautahat (6.33) and lowest (3.7 1) in Kathmandu.
  • Absent population of Nepal is recorded as 1.92 millions against 0.762 million in 2001.
  • As per the census results, out of total Population, 17 percent (4.5 millions) reside in urban areas.

District-wise population of Nepal

(from largest to smallest)

  1. Kathmandu 1,081,845
  2. Morang 843,220
  3. Rupandehi 708,419
  4. Jhapa 688,109
  5. Dhanusa 671,364
  6. Sarlahi 635,701
  7. Sunsari 625,633
  8. Kailali 616,697
  9. Siraha 572,399
  10. Saptari 570,282
  11. Nawalparasi 562,870
  12. Bara 559,135
  13. Mahottari 553,481
  14. Rautahat 545,132
  15. Parsa 497,219
  16. Kapilbastu 481,976
  17. Chitawan 472,048
  18. Dang 462,380
  19. Makwanpur 392,604
  20. Banke 385,840
  21. Kavrepalanchowk 385,672
  22. Bardiya 382,649
  23. Kaski 380,527
  24. Kanchanpur 377,899
  25. Dhading 338,658
  26. Lalitpur 337,785
  27. Syangja 317,320
  28. Tanahu 315,237
  29. Sindhupalchok 305,857
  30. Gulmi 296,654
  31. Surkhet 288,527
  32. Nuwakot 288,478
  33. Gorkha 288,134
  34. Udayapur 287,689
  35. Ilam 282,806
  36. Sindhuli 279,821
  37. Baglung 268,937
  38. Palpa 268,558
  39. Baitadi 234,418
  40. Khotang 231,385
  41. Achham 231,285
  42. Bhaktapur 225,461
  43. Dailekh 225,201
  44. Salyan 213,500
  45. Pyuthan 212,484
  46. Ramechhap 212,408
  47. Rolpa 210,004
  48. Arghakhanchi 208,391
  49. Doti 207,066
  50. Dolakha 204,229
  51. Bhojpur 203,018
  52. Panchthar 202,056
  53. Rukum 188,438
  54. Lamjung 177,149
  55. Bajhang 167,026
  56. Dhankuta 166,479
  57. Sankhuwasabha 159,203
  58. Parbat 157,826
  59. Okhaldhunga 156,702
  60. Jajarkot 134,868
  61. Taplejung 134,698
  62. Dadeldhura 126,162
  63. Darchaula 121,996
  64. Myagdi 114,447
  65. Terhathum 113,111
  66. Bajura 108,781
  67. Solukhumbu 107,686
  68. Kalikot 105,580
  69. Jumla 89,427
  70. Rasuwa 44,731
  71. Mugu 43,937
  72. Humla 40,595
  73. Dolpa 29,545
  74. Mustang 14,981
  75. Manang 9,587
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Bikash is based in Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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