Gangtok: One in every four persons in
Sikkim now lives in urban areas, according to a provisional
"A total of 1,51,726 people out of Sikkim`s total
population of 6,07,688 live in nine towns of the Himalayan
state. This is 24.97 per cent of the state`s total
population," data released here yesterday by Directorate of
Census Operations said.
A total of 79,539 men and 72,187 women live in the
towns of the state, according to the data.
East district of Sikkim with four major towns has the
largest urban population which is 79.59 per cent of the total
The percentage of decadal growth stands at 12.36 per
cent. While the rural population has fallen by 5.2 per cent,
the urban population of Sikkim has shot up by 153.43 per cent,
the officials said.
The population of North district of Sikkim has fallen
by 2.7 per cent in rural areas in the past 10 years while the
urban population has grown by 272.44 per cent.
The maximum urbanisation has taken place in South
district of the state at 434.44 per cent and the minimum in
East district at 128.47 per cent.
The growth population in the two other districts of
North and West are 272.44 per cent and 187.23 per cent
A total of 4.55 lakh of Sikkim`s population resides in