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Bihar's decadal population growth rate dips

Bihar's population growth rate has dipped by 3.45 per cent to 25.07 per cent in the past one decade till 2011 compared to 28.62 per cent growth rate in a decade earlier, according to the decadal census report.

The population growth rate in Bihar stood at 25.07 per cent between 2001 and 2011 as against 28.63 per cent between 2001 and 1991, the state census director Kumar Senthil told at the release of decadal census report.

At the same time, Bihar's population continued to surge in the past decade with the state being among top three populated states of the country with a population of 10.38 crores, he said.

The population density per square kilometre area too increased signification at a population of 1102 per square km area in 2011 as against 881 in 2001, Senthil said, adding Sheohar district has the highest population density at 1882 and Kaimur, the lowest at 488.

The sex ratio in the state has also registered a marginal decline at 916 female per 1000 males over the past one decade, while the same in the age group of 0-6 years have deceased to 933 in 2011 as against 942 in 2001, the census director said.

Among the districts, Gopalganj has registered the highest sex ratio with 1015 female against 1000 males in 2011, while Bhagalpur and Munger districts have recorded the lowest sex ration at 879 females per 1000 males.

The highest sex ratio in child population category has been recorded by Nawada district at 985 females per 1000 males and Vaishali district has the lowest sex ration at 894 females per 1000 male child.

On the yardstick of literacy, Rohtas district has highest literacy rate at 75.59 per cent and the district also has the distinction to have the highest male literacy rate at 85.29 per cent, while Purnia district has the lowest literacy rate at 52.49 per cent.

Munger has the highest female literacy rate at 65.53 per cent.

Overall, 20 districts have recorded higher literacy percentage than the state's average literacy rate at 63.82.

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