GUWAHATI, July 27 � The Census of India-2011 Provisional Population Totals (Rural-Urban Distribution Assam) which was released on Monday has recorded a decadal urbanisation growth of 27.61, which is much lower than the corresponding figure of 38.24 per cent of the previous decade.
The urban population of Assam now stands at 43,88,756 and accounts for a percentage of 14.08 of its total population. This share was 12.90 per cent in the previous decade.
On the other hand, the rural population stands at 2,67,80,516 with an overall population percentage of 85.92, which is a little less than the previous decade's percentage of 87.28.
The census figures reveal that maximum urbanisation has taken place in the district of Kamrup (Metro) having an urban population of 82.09 per cent, while Baksa district recorded the minimum urban populace with a count of just 1.28 per cent.
Significantly, there are 15 districts with more than 90 per cent rural areas and six districts with 85-90 per cent rural areas. Kamrup (Metro) is the only district with a rural area share of less than 20 per cent.
Data also revealed that the State's rural population has recorded an increase of 15.35 per cent during the decade 2001-2011. Among the districts, Dhubri district has recorded the highest growth of rural population of 27.13 per cent per cent during the decade, while Kamrup (Metro) has registered the lowest growth rate of 2.93 per cent.
Nalbari district with a decadal urban population growth percentage of 200.34 tops the list, Kamrup (144.51 per cent) and Goalpara (106.01) follow next.
The child population (0-6 years) in the State stands at 45,11,307, with the break-up for male and female being 23,05,088 and 22,06,219 respectively. The proportion of child the population to overall population at 14.47 per cent has come down from the previous decade's figure of 16.87 per cent.