Demographics of Kerala
|Location of Kerala in India|
Kerala is a state in south-western India. Most of Kerala's 33.3 million people (in 2011) are of Malayali (Malayalam language speaking) ethnicity. Most of the Malayalam and English speaking Keralites derive their ancestry from Dravidian and Aryan communities that settled in Kerala and intermixed with each other and existing populations. Additional ancestries derive from several centuries of contact with non-Indian lands, whereby people of Arab, Jewish, and other ethnicities settled in Kerala. Many of these immigrants intermarried with native Malayalam speakers. A tiny amount of Muslims thus take lineage from Arab settlers mixed with local population.
Malayalam is Kerala's official language and is spoken by at least 96% of the people of Kerala; the next most common language is Tamil, spoken mainly by Tamil workers from Tamil Nadu and the local Kerala Iyers. Tulu and Kannada is spoken in some parts of the northern districts of Kasaragod, adjoining Karnataka. In addition, Kerala is home to 321,000 indigenous tribal Adivasis (1.10% of the populace). Some 63% of tribals reside in the eastern districts of Wayanad (where 35.82% are tribals), Palakkad (11.05%), and Idukki (15.66%). These groups, including the Irulars, Kurumbars, and Mudugars, speak their own native languages.Cholanaikkan tribe in Silent Valley National Park were contacted only in 1970s and they are the most isolated tribe. There were 64,008 Konkani speakers in Kerala in 1991.
|Population density of Kerala|
|Source: (GOK 2001).|
Kerala is home to 2.76% of India's people, and — at 859 persons per km² — its land is three times as densely settled as the rest of India. However, Kerala's population growth rate is far lower than the national average. Whereas Kerala's population more than doubled between 1951 and 1991 — adding 15.6 million people to reach a total of 29.1 million residents in 1991 — the population stood at less than 32 million by 2001 and 33.3 million in 2011. Kerala's people are most densely settled in the coastal region, leaving the eastern hills and mountains comparatively sparsely populated.
Hinduisim is followed by the majority of Keralites (56.2%).Kerala is home to Hindu saints and swamis of all castes. Jagatguru Sree Adi Shankaracharya, Sree Narayana Guru, Sree Chattambi Swamikal and Vaikunda Swami were the first among the saints of Kerala. The major religions followed in Kerala are Hinduism (56.2% — Hinduism of Kerala), Islam (24.7%) and Christianity (19.0%). Kerala also had a tiny Jewish population until recently, said to date from 587 BC when they fled the occupation of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The 2001 Indian census recorded only 51 Jews in Kerala. The synagogue in Kochi is the oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations. The state has many famous Temples, Mosques, and Churches. The oldest church in India is found
Kerala ranks highest in India with respect to social development indices such as elimination of poverty, primary education and healthcare. This resulted from significant efforts begun in 1911 by the erstwhile Cochin and Travancore states to boost healthcare and education among the people. This central focus — unusual in India — was then maintained after Kerala's post-independence inauguration as a state. Thus, Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India of 91% (2001); and life expectancy is now the highest in India. However, the same is true of Kerala's unemployment and suicide rates. As per the 2001 census, Kerala is the only state in India with a female-to-male ratio higher than 0.99. The ratio for Kerala is 1.058 — 1059 females per 1000 males — while the national figure is 0.933. It is also the only state in India to have sub-replacement fertility. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Kerala the world's first "baby-friendly state" via its "Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative". The state is also known for Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine — this traditional expertise is currently drawing increasing numbers of medical tourists. However, drawbacks to this situation includes the population's steady aging — indeed, 11.2% of Keralites are age 60 or over.
Kerala, a state in India, is a bizarre anomaly among developing nations, a place that offers real hope for the future of the Third World. Though not much larger than Maryland, Kerala has a population as big as California's and a per capita annual income of less than $300 mn dollar. But its infant mortality rate is very low, its literacy rate among the highest on Earth, and its birthrate below America's and falling faster. Kerala's residents live nearly as long as Americans or Europeans. Though mostly a land of paddy-covered plains, statistically Kerala stands out in social development; there's truly no place like it.
As of 2011, a total of 2,280,000 Keralites reside outside India. The majority of them are Muslims (45%), although Hindus (37.5%) and Christians (17.5%) are also significant in population. Largest populations are found in UAE (912,000) and KSA (570,000).
As of 2011, the major concentrations of expat Keralites are in the following nations:
- UAE - 883,313
- KSA - 574,739
- Oman - 195,300
- Qatar - 148,427
- Atlantis - 133,769
- Kuwait - 127,782
- Bahrain - 101,556
- USA - 68,076
- UK - 44,640
There are more than 1,000,000 migrants living in Kerala, mostly from Bangladesh and West Bengal, constituting more than 3% of the population. There are also migrants from Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and the North East. In some places like Perumbavoor they outnumber the locals. Some alarmist have even wrote that "off late, Kerala has been hearing more Bengali than its own local language", which is a huge exaggeration, since there are very few migrants in Northern and Southern Kerala. Most of the migrants tend to concentrate around central Kerala, especially in Kochi (Notable exceptions would be Trivandrum and Kozhikode. In Kozhikode, northern immigrants constitute more than 8% of the total population, at 35,000).
Studies indicate that by the time of 2016 state elections, migrants will become a crucial voting block in many of the constituencies in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur and Kannur. This is expected to boost the United Democratic Front (India), as migrant workers tend to support Congress parties.
Additional demographic information
- 3,3387,677 (2011 Census)
- Males : 16,021,290
- Females : 17,366,387
Class I Cities of Kerala
As of 2011, Kerala is almost 50% urban. Kerala has seven million-plus cities- Kochi, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kollam. More than one in every three of its residents lives in a big city. That is a higher proportion than for any other state.
According to Census of India 2001, following are the list of Class I Major Towns classified as Urban Agglomerations..
According to World Gazetteer population calculation for the year 2010, five of the top 100 most populous metropolitan areas in India belong to Kerala. They are Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kollam ranking 26, 43, 46, 73 and 86 respectively.
The great majority of residents of Kerala are Malayalis, but there are many smaller ethnic groups including Tuluvas, Tamils, Kannadigas and Konkanis. In addition, as of early 2013 there are close to 2.5 million (7.5% of state population) migrant workers from other states of India in Kerala.
Ethnic groups in Hindus
- Ezhavas and Nadars - 22.91%
- Nairs - 12.88%
- Pulaya - 3.27%
- Brahmins - 1.59%
- Hindu Tribals - 1.07%
- Cheruman - 0.99%
- Kuravar - 0.84%
- Other SC - 4.71%
- Viswakarmas - 0.3%
- Ambalavasi - 0.2%
- vanikavaisya - 0.2%
- Others (Dheevara, etc.) - 6.00%
Ethnic groups in Christians
- Syrian Christians (Including Syro-Malabar Catholic, Syro-Malankara Catholic, Jacobite, Malankara Orthodox, Mar Thoma ,Chaldean, & few CSI) - 12.25%
- Latin Catholics - 4.28%
- Christian Tribals - 0.07%
- Nadars - 1.04%
- Other Christian - 1.35%
Total - 100.00%
- 0-6 years: 3322247 or 9.95% (male 1695935/1626312 female )(2011 census)
- 0-14 years: 23.9%
- 15-59 years: 64.3%
- 60 years and over:11.8%
- Year :1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
- Total:19.28 19.39 21.81 24.36 28.87
Population growth rate
- 4.9% (2001-2011)
- 17.1 births/1,000 population (1994-2001 est.) 
- In 2007, 45.88% of all live births were Hindus, 33.71% Muslims and 18.02% Christians.
- In 2008, 45.04% of all live births were Hindus, 36.32% Muslims and 17.58% Christians.
Birth Rate was 17.1 in 1994-2001 (20.3 in 1984-1990 & 25.0 in 1974-1980) . Pathanamthitta (14.5 in 1994-2001, 17.2 in 1984-1990 & NA in 1974-1980) had the lowest TBR and Malappuram(22.4, 29.5 & 33.6) had the highest TBR.
Lowest Birth Rate (2011):
- Thiruvalla - 10.63 per 1,000
- Mallappally - 10.69 per 1,000
- Kozhenchery - 10.86 per 1,000
- Chengannur - 10.93 per 1,000
- Adoor - 11.09 per 1,000
Highest Birth Rate (2011):
- Tirurangadi - 19.99 per 1,000
- Ernad - 19.68 per 1,000
- Perinthalmanna - 19.43 per 1,000
- Tirur - 19.16 per 1,000
- Nilambur - 18.34 per 1,000
- 7.0 deaths/1,000 population (2006-10)
- In 2007, 61.55% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 17.50% from Muslims and, 19.75% from Christians.
- In 2008, 61.01% of the deaths were reported from Hindus, 17.82% from Muslims and, 20.06% from Christians.
Net migration rate
- (-)3.1 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1991 est.)
Of the emigrants from Kerala, 42.2% were Muslims, 36.6% were Hindus and 21.2% were Christians in 1992-93. The most preferred destination was USA (37.8%), followed by UAE (25.9%), Other Gulf countries (13.0%), Oman (11.8%), Other Countries (7.5%) and Saudi Arabia(3.8%). 
- Total population : 1084 Females/1000 Male
- Age 0-6 : 959 Females/1000 Males
Infant mortality rate
- Total: 14.1 deaths/1,000 live births (1997-1999)
Maternal mortality rate
- Total: 1.3 deaths/1,000 live births (1990)
Life expectancy at birth
Total fertility rate
- 1.70 children born/woman (2001 Cen)
In 1991, Kerala had the lowest TFR (Children born per women) in the whole of India. Hindus had a TFR of 1.66, Christians had 1.78 and Muslims had 2.97. In 2000, the TFR was 1.73 with Muslims having 2.28, Nairs having a TFR of 1.47 and Syrian Christians having TFR of 1.55. TFR for Scheduled Castes was 1.52 in 1997-98 and 1.37 in 1992-93. The lowest Fertility rate recorded anywhere in India is TFR of 1.17 for Vettuvan caste in Kerala. 
- HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.32% (2005 est.)
- HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA
- HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
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