Shimla Demographics

The dominating feature of Shimla Demographics is the preponderance of Himachali natives and their unique culture. The city of Shimla is an amalgamation of the areas under Shimla Municipal Corporation and Shimla Planning Areas (SPA). There are three Shimla Planning Areas:

  • Dhali
  • Tutu
  • New Shimla
The total human population of Shimla as per 2001 census is 7,21,745. The density of population is 141 per square Kilometer.

The peculiar feature of Shimla demographics is that the real population on the ground is almost double the number of the natives residing in Shimla city.

This is due to the fact of Shimla being a tourist attraction; at any time of the year the number of tourists visiting Shimla is equal or more than the residents.

Shimla demographics also exhibit a better literacy rate as compared to its peers in North India. Male Literacy stands at approximately 88 percent and Female Literacy at a somewhat lower 71 percent.

The sex ratio of Shimla city is a cause for much concern; Shimla demographics point to a stark, cruel fact that the female population is decreasing vis-a-vis the male population.

The number of females is 898 per 1000 males. This is due to the abnormal yearning for male children in contemporary Indian culture.

The major religion in Shimla city is Hindu. Shimla Demographics also exhibit a smattering of Sikhs, Christianity and Buddhism.

The predominant language spoken is Hindi. Hindi is closely followed by Pahari- the native language of Himachal Pradesh. The culture of Shimla city is the native Pahari.

Last Updated on : 4/26/2012

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