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Nepal’s population reaches 29.1 million with 0.92 percent growth rate

The Nepal Weekly
March 28, 2023

The Central Bureau of Statistics has released the National Census-2078 B.S. (2021) on Friday amidst a function. According to the census, the total population of Nepal has reached 29. million 64 thousand and 578. According to the data, the population has increased by 0.92 percent in 078 as compared to 1.35 percent a in 068 (decade ago). In the latest data, there are more women than men.

The number of men is 14.2 million 53 thousand and 551 where as the number of women is 14.9 million 11 thousand and 27. The number of other genders in the country is 2 thousand and 928.The number of families in the census is 6.6 million 60 thousand and 841.

According to the data, Kathmandu has the largest population. At present, the population of Kathmandu has reached 2.0 million 41 thousand and 587. Bhaktapur accounts for the highest population growth rate where as Rramechhap recorded the lowest population growth rate. According to the  census, the population of the Himalayan region has reached 1.7 million 72 thousand and 948, the population of the hills has reached 11.7million 57 thousand and 624 and the population of the Terai has reached 15.6 million 34 thousand and 6.

Province- wise speaking 4.9 million 61 thousand and 412 population reside in Kosi, 6.1 million 14 thousand  and 600 in Madhes, 6.1 million 16 thousand  and 866 in Bagmati, 2.4 million 66 thousand and 427 in Gandaki, 5.1 million 22 thousand and 78 in Lumbini, 1.6 million 88 thousand and 412 in Karnali and Sudurpaschim Province has a population of 2.6 million 94 thousand and 783.

In 2068, 67.3 percent of households had access to electricity, and at present the access has increased to 92.2 percent of households. Likewise, the number of households with mobile phones has also increased from 65 percent to 73 percent within 10 years period. Families owning a motorcycle has increased From 10 percent to 27 percent  at present. 95.5 percent of households use toilets, while 10 years ago the number of households without access to toilets was 38.2 percent.

10 years ago, the literacy rate among the population aged five years and above was 65.9 percent, but now it has increased to 76.3 percent. Male literacy rate increased from 75.1 to 83.6 and female literacy rate increased from 57.4 to 69.4 percent. According to the results of the census, 23.8 percent of families have houses or land or both in the name of women. According to the latest census, 2.1 million 90 thousand five hundred and 92 Nepalese are living abroad. According to the census data of 068, 1.9 million 21 thousand and 494 people were living abroad.

In the ten-year data collection conducted by the department, the population of married people in the age group of 15-20 years is 213,320. Similarly, the number of people who got married within 20 to 24 years is 920,665. At present, most people get married at the age of 20-25. During last ten years, 1.1 million 70 thousand and 480 people got married. Similarly, in ten years, 736,918 people in the 45-49 age group got married.

The population dependent on agriculture, which is considered the main occupation of Nepalese, is decreasing. According to Census, 57.3 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture. The number of men in this sector is 3.9 million and 83,417. The number of women involved is 4.6 million and 3,146.

2.2 percent of the total population has some form of disability. 54.2 percent of men and 45.8 percent of women with disabilities. Among the persons with disabilities, the highest number is physical disability at 37.1 percent. 17.1 percent have low vision disability, 8.9 percent have multiple disabilities, 8.0 percent have hearing loss, and 6.4 per cent have speech-related disabilities. The first census was conducted in 1968 during the time of the then Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher. It has been 110 years since the census started in Nepal.