Location of Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh
|Headquarters||Chitrakoot Dham (Karwi)|
|Tehsils||4 (Karwi, Mau, Manikpur and Rajapur)|
|• Assembly seats||Chitrakoot, Mau & Manikpur|
|• Total||3,216 km2 (1,242 sq mi)|
|• Density||310/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|• Sex ratio||879|
|Major highways||NH 35|
Chitrakoot district is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh state of India, and Chitrakoot town is the district headquarters. Chitrakoot district is a part of Chitrakoot Division.The district occupies an area of 3,216 km².The district has a population of 990,626 (2011 Census).  As of 2011 it is the second least populated district of Uttar Pradesh (out of 71), after Mahoba.
Before independence of India it was a part of Baghelkhand agency and came under the administration of Baghelas of Rewa. On 6 May 1997, a new district was carved out from the erstwhile Banda district comprising its Karwi and Mau tehsils. The district was initially named as Chhatrapati Shahuji Nagar district. On 4 September 1998, it was renamed as Chitrakoot district.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Chitrakoot one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the 34 districts in Uttar Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). Successive governments have often ignored the district's development and hence has become one of the most remote and cut-off districts in India.
According to the 2011 census Chitrakoot district has a population of 990,626, roughly equal to the nation of Fiji or the US state of Montana. This gives it a ranking of 448th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 315 inhabitants per square kilometre (820/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 29.29%. Chitrakoot has a sex ratio of 879 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 66.52%.
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Fiji 883,125 July 2011 est.
- "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
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- Chitrakoot District on Bundelkhanddarshan.com
- Official website
- Chitrakoot @ Bundelkhand's unofficial web site
- Chitrakoot Information Guide