Demographics of Kerala
|Location of Kerala in India|
Kerala is a state in south-western India. Most of Kerala's 33.3 million people (in 2011) are of Malayali (Malayalam language speaking) ethnicity. Most of the Malayalam and English speaking Keralites derive their ancestry from Dravidian and Aryan communities that settled in Kerala and intermixed with each other and existing populations. Additional ancestries derive from several centuries of contact with non-Indian lands, whereby people of Arab, Jewish, and other ethnicities settled in Kerala. Many of these immigrants intermarried with native Malayalam speakers. A tiny amount of Muslims thus take lineage from Arab settlers mixed with local population.
Malayalam is Kerala's official language and is spoken by at least 96% of the people of Kerala; the next most common language is Tamil, spoken mainly by Tamil workers from Tamil Nadu and the local Kerala Iyers. Tulu and Kannada is spoken in most parts of the northern district of Kasaragod, adjoining Karnataka. In addition, Kerala is home to 321,000 indigenous tribal Adivasis (1.10% of the populace). Some 63% of tribals reside in the eastern districts of Wayanad (where 35.82% are tribals), Palakkad (1.02%), and Idukki (15.66%). These groups, including the Irulars, Kurumbars, and Mudugars, speak their own native languages. Cholanaikkan tribe in the Silent Valley National Park were contacted only in the 1970s and they are the most isolated tribe in the state.
- 1 Population
- 2 Features
- 3 Lists
- 3.1 Most populous urban agglomerations
- 3.2 Class I cities
- 3.3 Ethnic groups
- 3.4 Religion/caste communities
- 3.5 Age structure
- 3.6 Median age
- 3.7 Population growth rate
- 3.8 Birth rate
- 3.9 Death rate
- 3.10 Net migration rate
- 3.11 Sex ratio
- 3.12 Infant mortality rate
- 3.13 Maternal mortality rate
- 3.14 Life expectancy at birth
- 3.15 Total fertility rate
- 4 See also
- 5 References
|Population density of Kerala|
|Source: (GOK 2001).|
Kerala is home to 2.76% of India's people, and — at 859 persons per km²; its land is three times as densely settled as the rest of India. However, Kerala's population growth rate is far lower than the national average. Whereas Kerala's population more than doubled between 1951 and 1991 — adding 15.6 million people to reach a total of 29.1 million residents in 1991 — the population stood at 31.8 million by 2001 and 33.3 million in 2011. Kerala's people are most densely settled in the coastal region, leaving the eastern hills and mountains comparatively sparsely populated.
Hinduism is followed by the majority of Keralites (54.7%).Kerala is home to Hindu saints and swamis of all castes. Jagatguru Sree Adi Shankaracharya, Sree Narayana Guru, Sree Chattambi Swamikal and Vaikunda Swami were the first among the saints of Kerala. The major religions followed in Kerala are Hinduism (54.7% — Hinduism of Kerala), Islam (26.6%) and Christianity (18.4%). Kerala also had a tiny Jewish population until recently, said to date from 587 BC when they fled the occupation of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The 2001 Indian census recorded only 51 Jews in Kerala. The synagogue in Kochi is the oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations. The state has many famous Temples, Mosques, and Churches. The oldest church in India is found in Kerala, believed to be established by St. Thomas the disciple of Jesus Christ.
Kerala ranks highest in India with respect to social development indices such as elimination of poverty, primary education and healthcare. This resulted from significant efforts begun in 1911 by the erstwhile Princely states of Cochin and Travancore to boost healthcare and education among the people and aided by the Christian missionaries. This central focus — unusual in India — was then maintained after Kerala's post-independence inauguration as a state. Thus, Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India of 93.91% (2011); and life expectancy is now the highest in India. However, the same is true of Kerala's unemployment and suicide rates. As per the 2011 census, Kerala and Puducherry are the only states in India with a female-to-male ratio higher than 0.99. The ratio for Kerala is 1.084 — 1084 females per 1000 males — while the national figure is 0.940. It is also the only state in India to have sub-replacement fertility. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Kerala the world's first "baby-friendly state" via its "Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative". The state is also known for Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine — this traditional expertise is currently drawing increasing numbers of medical tourists. However, drawbacks to this situation includes the population's steady aging — indeed, 11.2% of Keralites are age 60 or over.
As of 2011, a total of 2,280,000 Keralites reside outside India. The majority of them are Muslims (45%), although Christians (37.5%) and Hindus (17.5%) are also significant in population. Largest populations are found in UAE (883,313) and USA (680,076).
As of 2011, the major concentrations of expat Keralites are in the following nations:
- UAE - 883,313
- United States - 680,076 (mainly U.S. Citizens)
- KSA - 574,739
- Oman - 598,694
- Qatar - 400,000 Nearly
- Kuwait - 127,782
- Bahrain - 101,556
- UK - 44,640
There are more than 3,000,000 migrants living in Kerala, mostly from Assam and West Bengal, constituting about 10 % of the population. There are also migrants from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and the North East. In some places like Perumbavoor they outnumber the locals. Some alarmist have even wrote that "of late, Kerala has been hearing more Bengali than its own local language", which is a huge exaggeration, since there are very few migrants in Northern and Southern Kerala. Most of the migrants tend to concentrate around central Kerala, especially in Kochi (Notable exceptions would be Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. In Kozhikode, northern immigrants constitute more than 8% of the total population, at 35,000).
Most populous urban agglomerations
The following is a list of most populous urban agglomerations in the Kerala state of India. Population statistics indicated in this article as of 2001 census. Note that this is a list of metropolitan population and does not indicate the city populations. For that, see List of most populous cities in India.
|Rank||UA||Population (2011)||Population (2001)||District|
Class I cities
Kerala has seven million-plus cities: Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kollam, Thrissur, Kannur and Alappuzha . Over a third of Keralites live in these large cities (a higher percentage than any other state), and over half the population lives in urban centres.
|List of Major cities in Kerala|
|Source: 2011 Census of India |
|List of major cities in Kerala as per Ministry of Urban Development publication, 2011.|
According to World Gazetteer population calculation for the year 2011, five of the top 100 most populous metropolitan areas in India belong to Kerala. They are Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur ranking 17, 19, 21, 26 and 27 respectively.
The great majority of residents of Kerala are Malayalis, but there are many smaller ethnic groups including Tuluvas, Tamils, Kannadiga. In addition, as of early 2013 there are close to 2.5 million (7.5% of state population) migrant workers from other states of India in Kerala.
|Castes of Kerala|
|Scheduled Castes||9.8% (includes Pulayars- 3.27%)|
The Scheduled Caste (SC) population of Kerala State is 3,123,941 which is 9.8% of overall population. Scheduled Tribes in Kerala with a population of 3.64 lakh constitute 1.14% of the population of state.
- Ethnic groups in Christians
- Syrian Christians (Including Malankara Orthodox, Jacobite, Syro-Malabar Catholic, Syro-Malankara Catholic, Mar Thoma , ,Chaldean, & few CSI) - 12%
- Latin Catholics - 3.50%
- Christian Tribals - 1.00%
- Nadars - 1.05%
- Other Christian - 1.45%
- Total Christians: 18.4% 
- Muslims(including Shia, Bohra, the Shafi`i school of the Sunni sect, Mujahids also under that sect, and Ahmadi) 26.6% (2011 census).
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- 0-6 years: 3322247 or 9.95% (male 1695935/1626312 female )(2011 census)
- 7-14 years: 23.9%
- 15-59 years: 54.3%
- 60 years and over:11.8%
- Year :1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
- Total:19.28 19.39 21.81 24.36 28.87...
Population growth rate
- 4.91% (2001-2011)
- 17.1 births/1,000 population (1994-2001 est.) 
- In 2007, 45.88% of all live births were Hindus, 33.71% Muslims and 18.02% Christians.
- In 2008, 45.04% of all live births were Hindus, 36.32% Muslims and 17.58% Christians.
- In 2010, 45.03% of all live births were Hindus, 38.26% Muslims and 16.26% Christians.
- In 2011, 44.37% of all live births were Hindus, 38.21% Muslims and 16.90% Christians.
Birth Rate was 17.1 in 1994-2001 (20.3 in 1984-1990 & 25.0 in 1974-1980) . Pathanamthitta (14.5 in 1994-2001, 17.2 in 1984-1990 & NA in 1974-1980) had the lowest TBR and Malappuram(22.4, 29.5 & 33.6) had the highest TBR.
Lowest Birth Rate (2011):
- Thiruvalla - 10.63 per 1,000
- Mallappally - 10.69 per 1,000
- Kozhenchery - 10.86 per 1,000
- Chengannur - 10.93 per 1,000
- Adoor - 11.09 per 1,000
Highest Birth Rate (2011):
- Tirurangadi - 19.99 per 1,000
- Ernad - 19.68 per 1,000
- Perinthalmanna - 19.43 per 1,000
- Tirur - 19.16 per 1,000
- Nilambur - 18.34 per 1,000
Vital stats for the year 2011:
|Community||Pop||Births||Birth Rate||Deaths||Death Rate||NGR%|
- 7.0 deaths/1,000 population (2006-10)
- In 2007, 61.55% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 17.50% from Muslims and, 19.75% from Christians.
- In 2008, 61.01% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 17.82% from Muslims and, 20.06% from Christians.
- In 2010, 60.79% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 18.31% from Muslims and, 20.36% from Christians.
- In 2011, 60.45% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 18.48% from Muslims and, 20.56% from Christians.
Net migration rate
- (-)3.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1991 est.)
Of the emigrants from Kerala, 42.2% were Muslims, 36.6% were Hindus and 21.2% were Christians in 1992-93. The most preferred destination was USA (37.8%), followed by UAE (25.9%), Other Gulf countries (13.0%), Oman (11.8%), Other Countries (7.5%) and Saudi Arabia(3.8%). 
Infant mortality rate
- Total: 12 deaths/1,000 live births (2011-2012)
Maternal mortality rate
- Total: 1.3 deaths/1,000 live births (1990)
Life expectancy at birth
- 76.3 years
- 1.70 children born/woman (2001 Cen)
In 1991, Kerala had the lowest TFR (Children born per women) in the whole of India. Hindus had a TFR of 1.66, Christians had 1.78 and Muslims had 2.97. In 2000, the TFR was 1.73 with Muslims having 2.28, Nairs having a TFR of 1.47 and Syrian Christians having TFR of 1.55. TFR for Scheduled Castes was 1.52 in 1997-98 and 1.37 in 1992-93. The lowest Fertility rate recorded anywhere in India is TFR of 1.17 for Vettuvan caste in Kerala. 
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