Maharashtra is the third largest and second most populous state in India. It is situated in the western region of India and has a very long coast line stretching up to 720 kilometers along the Arabian Sea. The population of Maharashtra is more than 110 Million which shapes 9.28 % of the total population of India. The capital of Maharashtra is Mumbai. Economically, Maharashtra is the wealthiest state of India and it contributes 23.2% of India’s total GDP.
Maharashtra has many tourists’ destinations including world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. The state is also very popular for its forts associated with the Shivaji Maharaj.
Population of Maharashtra In 2019
The Industrial growth in Maharashtra is very rapid; this is the reason why it attracts a lot of Inhabitants from all over India. According to the census of 2011, the population of Maharashtra is 112,372,972 which make it the second most populous state of India after Uttar Pradesh.
In order to predict the population of Maharashtra for the year 2019, we have to take a look at the state’s population in the last 6 years.
|Year||Population of Maharashtra|
As we can see in the table, the population of Maharashtra is increasing with the rate of 0.736 Million people every year (approx.). Hence, the population of Maharashtra in the year 2019 is expected to be around 122.152 Million people (121.416 Million + 0.736 Million).
Demography of Maharashtra
Maharashtra has a vast population and people from almost every Indian ethnicity are living here. However, Marathis comprises the majority of the population of Maharashtra but minorities like Gujarati, Punjabi, Parsis, Telugu, Bihari, and Tamil etc. are scattered all across the state. The sex ratio of the state is 925 female per 940 males which is lower than the national average. Marathi is the official language of the state but different regions across the state have their own dialects as well.
Religion wise demography of Maharashtra is as follows.
|Religion||Percentage of Total population of Maharashtra|
About 55% of the total population of Maharashtra lives in the rural areas, whereas 45% of the total population resides in the Urban Areas.
Population Density and Growth of Maharashtra
According to the census of 2011, the population density of Maharashtra is 370 people per square kilometer which is quite similar to the national average of 382 people per square kilometer. The total population growth of the state in the year 2011 is 15.99 % which was used to 22.57 % in the year 2001. The population growth of Maharashtra is always found to be more than the national average except for the year 1971. Surprisingly in the year 2011, the population growth of Maharashtra is recorded lower than the national average.
Facts about Maharashtra
- There are six tiger reserves located in the state of Maharashtra covering about 9133 square kilometers.
- In terms of the number of graduates, the University of Mumbai is the largest university in the world. It has 141 affiliated colleges.
- Mumbai is the largest center for the film production in Indian. Almost one-third of all Indian films are produced in Mumbai.
- Maharashtra is the largest state of India in term of Economy with the GDP of 300 Billion US dollars.
- Mumbai (formerly known as the Bombay) is the capital of Maharashtra since the day of its creation.
- Godavari and Krishna are the main rivers of Maharashtra.