As of Census 2011, Karnataka has a total population of 61,130,704, amounting to 5% of India’s population. The state has witnessed an increase of 15 percent in the decadal population growth in population between 2001 and 2011.
Overall, about 36.68 mn of the 61.13 mn Karnataka’s population (60 per cent) is in the working-age group (15 to 59 years). 55 per cent of the total workers in the state are engaged in agriculture and allied activities.
More than 51 per cent of the state’s populations live in nine districts of Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Urban, Belgaum, Bellary, Bijapur, Dakshina Kannada, Gulbarga, Mysore and Tumkur. The reason is not far to seek. These districts offer greater opportunities for employment and are equipped with good connectivity and social infrastructure.
According to census 2011, the literacy rate of Karnataka is 75.6 per cent as against 74.04% at national level. Male literacy stands at 82.5 percent while female literacy is at 68.1 percent, higher than the all India female literacy rate of 65.46%.