With a metropolitan population of over 14.59 million, Kolkata is one of the densely populated cities in India. Know more on current population, sex ratio, literacy rate and religion in Kolkata.

Population of Kolkata


Population of Kolkata City - The metropolitan city of Kolkata presents a perfect picture of modern India along with traditional art and culture. The city which has witnessed many ups and downs in the past, still presents a true spirit of Bengali culture. Kolkata or cultural capital of India, as it is better known is currently home to over 5 million people. The Population of Kolkata metropolitan area is estimated to be 14.59 million in 2016. Kolkata is the main business hub of East India, thus it attracts a lot of migrants from other states who are permanently settled here due to work and other reasons. In terms of Literacy rate, Kolkata is one of the top cities of India with an overall literacy rate of 87.14%. Sex ratio in Kolkata which currently stands at 899 females for every 1000 males is quiet low as compared with national figure of 940.

Population of Kolkata Metropolitan Area - With a increase of over 906,839 people between 2001 to 2011, Kolkata's metropolitan area is ranked 3rd in India after Mumbai and Delhi respectively. Each year, the area adds around 90,000 human in its existing population making it one of the most densely populated urban agglomerations areas in East India. Its population was estimated to be 9 million in year 1981. From there on it has shown steady increase in population in the next 20 years till 2001. Between years 2001 to 2011, the growth of population in Kolkata Metropolitan Area or KMA has declined.



Population of Kolkata

What is the Population of Kolkata
According to recent estimates, Kolkata city is currently home to over 5 million people in India. Its Metropolitan Area population is estimated to be 14,592,415 in 2016.

Literacy rate in Kolkata
Literacy rate in Kolkata at 87.14% is far better than national average of 74%. The city offers a range of educational institutions and universities for students at various levels. Overall education system in Kolkata is at par as compared with other metros of India. Over the years, Kolkata has produced various leading writers, leaders and politicians who have excelled in their field. Various steps taken by the Government has helped in upward movement of literacy rate in Kolkata. According to Census of India, Literacy Rate in Kolkata is 87.14%.

Population by Religion in Kolkata
77.68% of the total population in Kolkata are Hindus, thus making it a dominant religion in Kolkata followed by Muslims (20.27%) and Christians (0.88%).Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and other religions forms the remainder of the population in Kolkata. The city welcomes every fair and festival with religious celebrations. Durga Puja is the biggest of all festivals celebrated in Kolkata. Jagaddhatri Puja, Diwali, Saraswati Puja, Eid, Holi, Christmas, and Rath Yatra are also celebrated with huge fan following in Kolkata.

* Latest data is awaited from Census of India