Kanpur Population 2024

Kanpur is the second-largest city in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is the 12th most populous city and the 11th most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is also the second-largest city proper and the largest urban agglomeration in Uttar Pradesh. As per the census 2011, Kanpur’s urban/ metropolitan population is 2,920,496 (30 lakh)

As per provisional reports of Census India, the population of Kanpur City in 2011 is 2,765,348 ( 27.65 Lakh) and its estimated population of Kanpur City in 2024 is 31 lakh or 3.1 million.

Population of Kanpur in 2024 - 31 lakhs (approx)

Kanpur City Census 2011 2024 Estimate
Total Population 2,765,348  (27.65 Lakhs)  31 lakh ( 3.1 million)
Male Population 1,489,062 16. 40 lakh
Female Population 1,276,286 14.40 lakh
Average Literacy (%) 82.42%
% of Male Literates 84.50%
% of Female Literates 80.00%
Sex Ratio 857
Child Sex Ratio 861
Children (0-6 years) 267,136

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Kanpur Historical Population

As per Census 2011, Kanpur city has a population growth rate of 8.39% during 2001-2011. It’s expected to have a population growth rate of around 10% during 2011-2021.

At the start of the 20th century, Kanpur’s population was 2 lakh & it took 40 years to double that. With the Independence of India, the population saw steady growth & it reached 1 million in the 1970 & 2.5 million by the start of 21st century. In last two decades, population growth slowed a bit and hovering around 10%.

Let’s look at population & percentage change from  Year 1901 to 2021.

YearPopulationActual ChangePercentage Change
2021 (estimate)3,041,000275,6529.97%

Sources: Census 2011

Census 2011 Details

As per provisional reports of Census India, the population of Kanpur City in 2011 is 2,765,348 (27.65 Lakh) of which the male population is 1,489,062 and the female population is 1,276,286


The initial provisional data released by census India 2011, shows that the density of Kanpur for 2011 is 10358  people per sq. km. Kanpur city administers area is 260 sq. km & metro area is 267 sq km


The average literacy rate of Kanpur City in 2011 was 82.42%. If things are looked out at gender-wise, male and female literacy was 84.50% and 80.00% respectively. The total literate in Kanpur city was 2,059,105 of which 1,136,966 are males while 922,139 are females.


With regards to the Sex Ratio in Kanpur, it stood at 857 per 1000 males. The average national sex ratio in India is 940 as per the latest reports of the Census 2011 Directorate. In the 2011 census, the child sex ratio is 861 girls per 1000 boys


In census enumeration, data regarding children under 0-6 age were also collected. There were a total of 267,136 children under the age of 0-6 years. Of the total 143,519 are boys while 123,617 are girls. The child Sex Ratio as per the census 2011 was 9861. In 2011, Children under 0-6 formed 9.66 % of the total population of Kanpur City

Sources: Census 2011

Kanpur Nagar District Population

Kanpur District was divided into two districts, namely Kanpur Nagar and Kanpur Dehat in the year 1977. The two were reunited again in 1979 and again separated in 1981. Kanpur Nagar district (Urban Kanpur District) is one of the districts of the Uttar Pradesh state of India. It covers an area of 10,863 sq. km. As per the census 2011, Kanpur Nagar District’s population is 4,581,268  (45.81 Lakhs). 

The Estimated Population of Kanpur District in 2024 is 52 lakh.

Kanpur DistrictCensus 2011
Total Population4,581,268 
Male Population2,459,806
Female Population2,121,462
Average Literacy (%)79.65%
Sex Ratio862
Child Sex Ratio873
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