Location of Latehar district in Jharkhand
|• Deputy Commissioner||Zeeshan Qamar, IAS|
|• Lok Sabha constituencies||Chatra (shared with Chatra district)|
|• Vidhan Sabha constituencies||2 Latehar (Vidhan Sabha constituency), Manika (Vidhan Sabha constituency)|
|• Latehar MLA||Baidyanath Ram, JMM|
|• Manika MLA||Ramchandra Singh, INC|
|• Total||3,659.59 km2 (1,412.98 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|• Literacy||61.23 per cent|
|• Sex ratio||964|
|Time zone||UTC+05:30 (IST)|
The territory covered by the present district became a part of Palamu district, when it formed on 1 January 1928. Latehar district was created on 4 April 2001 by separating the erstwhile Latehar subdivision of Palamu district. It is currently a part of the Red Corridor.
Latehar district consists of 9 blocks. The following are the list of the blocks in Latehar district:
- Latehar Block
- Chandwa Block
- Balumath Block
- Manika Block
- Barwadih Block
- Garu Block
- Mahuadanar Block
- Bariyatu Block
- Herhanj Block
- Latehar district has two of the highest waterfalls in Jharkhand – Lodh Falls and Lower Ghaghri Falls, along with several others.
- Betla National Park is located in this District.
In 2006 the Indian government named Latehar one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the districts in Jharkhand currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
There are 9 development blocks, namely Latehar, Chandwa, Balumath, Bariyatu, Herhanj, Manika, Barwadih, Garu and Mahuadanr
According to the 2011 census Latehar district has a population of 726,978. Roughly equal to the nation of Bhutan or the US state of Alaska. This gives it a ranking of 499th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 200 inhabitants per square kilometre (520/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 29.38%. Latehar has a sex ratio of 964 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 61.23%. Schedule Caste (SC) constitutes 21.3% while Schedule Tribe (ST) were 45.5% of total population. At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 75.18% of the population in the district spoke Hindi, 18.30% Kurukh, 5.09% Urdu and 0.68% Mundari as their first language.
- Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
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- Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
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- "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
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