Delhi is most crowded and so is God's own country

Planning to buy your retirement home? Make sure you are far away from Delhi and also God's own country. The two are among India's most crowded states according to this year's census survey.

Manika December 20, 2014 04:56:24 IST
Delhi is most crowded and so is God's own country

If you are looking for freedom from jostling crowds, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh are not the states you should be looking to pitch your tent in. These four are India's most crowded states, with population densities ranging from 1,102 per square km for Bihar to 828 in Uttar Pradesh. Kerala, God's own country, has 859 per sq km. The gods clearly have lots of company.

For wide open spaces, the best places to be are in the North-East, with Arunachal Pradesh being the most-sparsely populated at just 17 people per sq km. Chances are you won't see anyone for miles most times. Nagaland, Sikkim and Mizoram also afford the same space, with densities ranging from 52 per sq km in Mizoram to 119 in Nagaland.

Not unexpectedly, it is the metros and big cities that are choc-a-bloc with people. The National Capital Territory of Delhi is India's most crowded, with a population density of 11,297 per sq km. But Chandigarh, India's retirement capital, Puducherry, and Daman & Diu are also heavily populated.

Delhi is most crowded and so is Gods own country

Kerala is the third-most densely populated state in India. Reuters

The two island territories of Andamans and Lakshadweep provide an interesting study in contrast. In the Andamans you can throw a stone and be almost sure that it will hit no human. Reason: it has a population density of just 46 per sq km. Lakshadweep is just the opposite: densities are at 2,103 per sq km - twice as much as Bihar.

With growing population numbers, the density of population in India as a whole is clearly on the rise. While the average population density in India is 382 (up 57 from the 2001 census), the rising density also displays huge disproportionality. Firstpost looked at population densities as reported in Census 2011 to analyse these trends. We found wide variations not only in actual densities but also the change in density over the decade.

Delhi has added the highest number of people per sq km during the past decade - a substantial 1,957 per sq km in comparison with the all-India increase of 57. Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are other states with a substantial increase in density.

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