Ahmedabad Population 2017
As of 2016, there is an estimated population of over 7 million people living in Ahmedabad, and over 8 million people living in the metropolitan area. There are approximately 31,000 rural families living in Ahmedabad with about 1,700 of them living below the poverty line. In addition to the rural families, around 250,000 people are living in slums. The population density is around 9,900 people per square kilometer or around 26,000 per square mile. There are around 2,500 registered non-resident Indians living in the city as well.
Ahmedabad has a sex ration of 897 women to every 1000 men. The overall literacy rate is 88.29% with 92.30% of men being literate and 83.85% of women being literate. There is also a large population of traders, known as Vanias, who belong to various sects of the Jainism religion and the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism. In addition to Hindus and people practicing Jainism, there are over 300,000 Muslims living in Ahmedabad. There is a small percentage of the population (0.72%) who are Christian. There is only one synagogue and around 125 Jewish people living in the city. Thanks to the population of practicing Jains and Hindus, there is widespread vegetarianism in the city’s restaurants and hotels.
The majorities of Ahmedabad’s residents are native Gujaratis and speak the Gujarati language. In addition to Gujarati, the other two major languages spoken in Ahmedabad are Hindi and English. There are also Malayalis, Tamils, Marathis, Sindhis, and Punjabis who bring their culture and languages to the city. Of the 35 Indian cities with more than 1 million people, Ahmedabad has the lowest crime rate. A little less half of all of the real estate in the city is owned by community organizations, also known as cooperatives.
Ahmedabad Population Growth
The area where Ahmedabad is located has been populated since the 11th century. Sultan Ahmed Shah named the city Ahmedabad after himself in 1411 A.D. when he took control of the city. The census done in 1871 showed a population of 116,900. By 1911 there were over a quarter of a million people and over a half million by the 1941 census. The city passed the 1 million resident mark by the 1961 census with over 1.1 million residents. The city has grown by about one and a half million people by the last census in 2011. A nearby military base and government institutions bring people from all over India to Ahmedabad and fuel city growth. By 2021, there could be nearly 9 million people residing in Ahmedabad.