AP's population growth rate down, sex ratio increases

The total population saw an increase of 84,55,526 people over the 2001 Census with a decadal growth rate of 11.10 as against 14.59 recorded in the 2001 census, Y V Anuradha, Director of Census Operation in Andhra Pradesh, told reporters here.

The decadal growth rate has come down by 3.49 during the 2001-2011, she said. Decadal growth rate is growth rate in terms of percentages.
Sex ratio -- number of females per 1000 males -- in the state is 992 as against 978 in 2001.

Among the districts, Nizamabad has recorded the highest sex ratio with 1038 followed by Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts with 1016 and 1014, respectively.

The lowest sex ratio was recorded in Hyderabad district with 943, Anuradha said.
The state has recorded a population density of 308 persons per sq km as against 277 in 2001 Census. Hyderabad has registered highest density with 18,480 persons per sq km followed by Ranga Reddy and Krishna districts with 707 and 519, respectively.

The lowest density has been recorded in Adilabad district with 170 persons per sq km.
Literacy rate -- percentage of literates to total population aged seven years and above -- in Andhra Pradesh is 67.77 per cent as against 60.47 per cent recorded in 2001 census. It is an increase of 7.19 per cent.

Male literacy rate is 75.56 per cent as against 70.32 per cent in 2001 Census. The female literacy rate is 59.74 per cent as against 50.43 per cent in 2001 census, Anuradha added.

Andhra Pradesh is the fourth largest state in terms of area and rank fifth in terms of population in the country, Anuradha said.

The Census operation was conducted in two phases. House listing and houses Census was carried out from April 26 2010 to June 10,2010. In the second phase, population enumeration was carried out from February 9 to 28 this year followed by revision round from March 1 to 5, she said.

To a query, she said about seven days were lost due to the Telangana issue, but Census personnel completed the task.

Asked about accuracy of the figures, she said there may be "some gaps here and there" but there was no abnormal trends or anomalies.

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