1. Kerala to record zero population growth rate in India: Economic Review

Kerala to record zero population growth rate in India: Economic Review

The growth rate of state population during the period is 4.9 per cent, the lowest rate among Indian states

By: | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: March 29, 2015 10:28 AM
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Of the total Kerala’s population, 1,60,27,412 (48 per cent) are males and 1,73,78,649 (52 per cent) are females. (Source: Reuters)

With Kerala registering the lowest growth rate of population in the last one decade, the State is all set to achieve “zero population growth” in the coming years.

While the national rate of growth of population in the last 10 years is 17.6 per cent, the growth rate of state population during the period is 4.9 per cent, the lowest rate among Indian states, according to the latest Economic Review by the State Planning Board.

“The population growth trend shows that Kerala is moving towards zero population growth or towards negative growth,” the Review for the year 2014, placed in the just concluded assembly session, said.

Quoting the final data published by the Directorate of Census, it said the State’s population as on March 2011 was 3,34,06,061, which was 3,18,41,374 in 2001.

Of the total State population, 1,60,27,412 (48 per cent) are males and 1,73,78,649 (52 per cent) are females, it said.

The report reveals that six southern districts – Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Thiruvananthapuram – have lower growth rate.

Of the total population, around 64.1 per cent is in the working age group of 15-59 while the remaining 36 per cent is the dependent group. Among this, 12.6 per cent are old dependants and 23.3 per cent are young dependants.

Indicating the declining trend of child population, the Review said population growth rate of children, belonging to the age group of 0-6, is on a negative trend (-8.44 per cent).

Quoting Census, it said the total child population in the state during 2011 is 34,72,955, which was 37,93,146 as per 2001 Census. Stating that the proportion of child population has decreased from 12-10 per cent across the state, the report said the highest proportion of child population is in Malappuram district, the lowest is in Pathanamthitta.

Southern districts in Kerala show two per cent decline except Kollam, which has a decline of one per cent in the proportion of child population, while the northern districts show one per cent decline except Wayanad which has a decline of two per cent.

However, the state’s density of population is much higher than that of the country. As per the figures of 2011 Census, the density of population in the state is 860 persons per square kilometre which is 382 at the national level.

Thiruvananthapuram is the most densely-populated district (1508) in the state while, Idukki is the least densely- populated district (255), the report added.

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  1. D
    Mar 29, 2015 at 7:39 am
    Disproportionate potion dynamics. It will have both micro and macro impacts. Micro: compare districts and demographics, certain communities have increasing potion and more electoral consuencies adjusted away from those districts which recorded less potion growth. Eg. Central-south kerala that has recorded less potion growth lost a few LA seats and Malabar region especially Malappuram which thrives on religious political party gained. So the regions that acheived a national mission of potion control can be in fact deprived, underprevileged, and discouraged underdogs in a longer run if the trend continues. So the LA/Parliament seats should be given extra for those regions who attain national goal of potion achievement.-the macro need to sustain the trend.
    1. S
      Mar 28, 2015 at 7:15 pm
      For all those who says that natives of Kerala staying abroad or staying in other states are not counted in potion census, please be aware how census is taken. I did my higher studies in TN when 2001 census was taken ( I was not at home-Kerala) and my name was included I am now working abroad and my name is registered in 2011 census even in my absence at home as I had election card, ration card, pport copy, driving licence to show my ideny). Without even knowing how census is taken, your blind hatred towards Kerala makes you say such rubbish. If you can't appreciate your fellow citizens for what they have achieved, at least don't belittle them.
      1. R
        Mar 29, 2015 at 5:20 am
        Ok. But can we have breakdown religion-wise? I bet the Muslim potion went up at a fast clip. The Hindu and Christian potion must have gone down to compensate.
        1. T
          t p
          Mar 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm
          Citizens from all over the country & the Sharnarthi from the bangla desh & stan have increased the potion of the MP. Captured strategic locations/lands/employment & resources leaving the original residents poor/unemplo. Government should compensate & take due care !
          1. T
            t p
            Mar 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm
            Citizens moving from Kerala to other states & foreign , would be tcounted as residents of Kerala or other state .i.e. census is not logical!!!
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