Bangalore, India Population

Population in Urban Area, now

12,518,373
  • World: 25th
  • Asia: 16th
  • India: 4th

Population in City Area, 2019-09-05

5,104,047
  • World: 39th
  • Asia: 26th
  • India: 3rd

Bangalore Urban Area Population Graph

Bangalore Population Review

Bangalore is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka and has a population of 20.1 million people in the urban area and 12.6 million people in the city area. It is the third most populous city and the fifth most populous urban agglomeration in all of India. Bangalore, dates back to 890 AD. It’s located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau. The city is known for its year-round pleasant climate and its elevation is the highest among all major cities in India. It is the fastest growing major metropolis in India and estimates of the city’s economy have ranked the city the fifth most productive metro area of India.

The Silicone Valley of India

As the Indian ecosystem matures, Bangalore—or Bengaluru as it’s officially called in the native Kannada language—has widely become regarded as the “Silicon Valley of India” or the “IT capital of India”. Due to its role as the nation’s leading IT exporter, the city is home to 35% of India’s 2.5 million IT professionals. The major Indian technological organizations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro, and HAL are also headquartered in the city. The city has one of the most highly educated workforces in the world and is home to many educational and research institutions, like the Indian Institute of Management, The International Institute of Information Technology, and the Indian Institute of Science.

Almost half the population is migrants

Almost 4 in 10 people living in Bangalore are considered migrants from outside the district or state. This number has increased by almost 12 percent in the past decade. Many of these migrants come from other urban centres, which suggests that much of the employment in the state is centered around Bangalore. With around 50% of Greater Bangalore’s population originating from outside the district of state, the rate of urban agglomeration for the city ranks high with other comparable metropolitan areas when it comes to migrant populations.

A mostly Hindu city

Hinduism is the majority religion in the city of Bangalore, with almost 78% of the population listing themselves as followers. The city also is home to many famous Hindu temples, including the ISKCON temple, the Bull temple and the Someshwara Temple—one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.

The city also has many followed of Islam, with about 13% of the population identifying as Muslim. Following this, the rest of the population is split between a variety of religions including Christianity (5.6%), Jainism (0.97%), and Sikhism (0.15%).

Adult sex ratio unchanged for a decade

The ratio of females to males in Bangalore has remained unchanged since 2001 when it was 908 females to every 1000 males. This rate lags quite a bit behind the state average of 968 females to every 1000 males. The rural district of Bangalore has a slightly better ratio of 945 females to 1000 males. What this means for Bangalore is that many males struggle to find partners. All other districts have a sex ratio of above 950 to 1000 and have continued to increase of remain stable.

An increasing literacy rate

Bangalore’s literacy rate has increased by about 6% in the past 20 years. It now hovers around 88.48% and the city’s literacy rate is second only to Dakshina Kannada, which has a literacy rate of 88.6%. This is far beyond the state average of 75.6%.

Bangalore’s impressive literacy rate can mainly be accredited to the increasing rate of literacy among women. Since 2001, the literacy rate among women has gone up by 7% to now reach 84.8%. Male literacy has also increased by 4% and is now at 91.82%. Comparatively, the state average is around 82.8% literacy for men and 68.1% for women.

Review Updated: July 26, 2020

Bangalore Urban Area Population History

1950 746,000
1951 790,000
1952 825,000
1953 862,000
1954 900,000
1955 939,000
1956 981,000
1957 1,024,000
1958 1,069,000
1959 1,117,000
1960 1,166,000
1961 1,213,000
1962 1,252,000
1963 1,292,000
1964 1,334,000
1965 1,377,000
1966 1,422,000
1967 1,468,000
1968 1,515,000
1969 1,564,000
1970 1,615,000
1971 1,678,000
1972 1,777,000
1973 1,882,000
1974 1,993,000
1975 2,111,000
1976 2,235,000
1977 2,367,000
1978 2,507,000
1979 2,655,000
1980 2,812,000
1981 2,956,000
1982 3,061,000
1983 3,169,000
1984 3,281,000
1985 3,397,000
1986 3,517,000
1987 3,642,000
1988 3,771,000
1989 3,904,000
1990 4,043,000
1991 4,182,000
1992 4,318,000
1993 4,459,000
1994 4,604,000
1995 4,754,000
1996 4,909,000
1997 5,069,000
1998 5,234,000
1999 5,405,000
2000 5,581,000
2001 5,779,000
2002 6,015,000
2003 6,262,000
2004 6,519,000
2005 6,786,000
2006 7,064,000
2007 7,354,000
2008 7,656,000
2009 7,969,000
2010 8,296,000
2011 8,636,000
2012 8,990,000
2013 9,358,000
2014 9,742,000
2015 10,141,000
2016 10,557,000
2017 10,990,000
2018 11,440,000
2019 11,883,000
2020 12,327,000

Bangalore Urban Area Population Projections

2021 12,765,000
2022 13,193,000
2023 13,608,000
2024 14,008,000
2025 14,395,000
2026 14,772,000
2027 15,140,000
2028 15,504,000
2029 15,865,000
2030 16,227,000
2031 16,590,000
2032 16,955,000
2033 17,323,000
2034 17,693,000
2035 18,066,000

Map of Bangalore, India

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