Provisional census data is out. And the numbers reveal a slowdown in India’s population growth. The country now has an estimated 1.21 billion people, which works out to an increase of 17.64%. In contrast, the 2001 census estimated a population growth of 21.54%. All in all, India has added some 181 million people to its population since 2001.
Here’s a look at some of the demographics from the latest census. Of India’s 1.21 billion people, 623.7 million are males. And females account for another 586.5 million. Overall growth rate for India’s female population has exceeded the rate for males. For the decade, it stood at 18.12%, compared to 17.19% for the male populace.
But a closer look at the numbers tells a different story. The number of 0-6 year-old boys has actually fallen 2.42% to 82.9 million. And the population of 0-6 year old girls saw an even larger drop of 3.08%.
In other news, food inflation has slowed down in the middle of March. The food price index stood at 9.5% in the period to 19 March. The previous week it increased 10.05%.
Indian markets have gone up for an eight straight trading session. The Sensex jumped 155 points to 19,445. And the Nifty climbed 46 to finish at 5,834.