Nagpur is a city in India located within the state of Maharashtra in the Vidarbha region. It is the third largest city in the state and the 13th largest by population in the entire country. The city has a population of nearly 2.5 million. The larger metro area has a population of over 3.6 million, according to estimates. This city is known for being one of the cleanest in India. It is also one of the most livable cities as a leader in healthcare, green spaces and public transportation.
City Size and Population Density
Spread across a total surface area of just over 84 miles, this gives Nagpur a population density of 30,000 people per square mile.
Demographics of Nagpur
Taking a closer look at the population demographics in Nagpur shows that there is a higher concentration of males than females. There are a large number of children in the city, making up over 10% of the total population.
When it comes to religion, almost 60% of the population is Hindu. Buddhists make up over one-quarter of the population, while there are also Muslims, Christians, Jains and Sikhs.
There are over 859,000 residents living in slums – or more than 35% of the population. The literacy rate is almost 92%, with a higher rate of literacy among males than females.
The most commonly spoken language is Marathi, which is also the official language. However, the language has been heavily influenced by other languages, so in some areas slang is used that combines Marathi and Hindi. In businesses and schools, English is often spoken.
Population Growth in Nagpur
The city has seen steady population growth over the years and with the announcement of its becoming a smart city, is only expected to increase its population in the future. The 2011 growth rate was at 13%, so we can assume another considerable increase in population is on the way.