Meerut Population and Demography

Meerut is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city lies 70 km (43 mi) northeast of New Delhi & is the 33rd most populous urban agglomeration and the 26th most populous city in India. 

As per provisional reports of Census India, the population of Meerut City in 2011 is 1,305,429 (13.05 Lakhs) and its estimated population of Meerut in 2024 is 16 lakh (1.6 million)

Population of Meerut in 2024 - 16 lakh (approx)

Meerut CityCensus 20112024 Estimate
Total Population1,305,42916 lakh
Male Population688,1188.41 lakh
Female Population617,3117.59 lakh
Meerut Demography2011 Census
Average Literacy (%)75.66%
% of Male Literates80.97%
% of Female Literates69.79%
Sex Ratio897
Child Sex Ratio847
Children (0-6 years)170,823

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Meerut Historical Population

As per Census 2011, Meerut has a population growth rate of 22% during 2001-2011.  It’s expected to have a population growth rate of 15% during 2011-2021.

At the start of the 20th century, the Meerut population was 1.25 lakh & it don’t show any major growth until the 1940s.  After the 1940s it saw a good population growth rate and reached 1 million in 2001;  1.5 million in 2021.

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

YearPopulationActual ChangePercentage Change
2021 (estimate) 1,490,000184,57114.14%

Sources: Census 2011

Census 2011 Details

As per provisional reports of Census India, the population of Meerut City in 2011 is 1,305,429 (13.05 Lakhs) of which the male population is 6,88,118 and the female population is 6,17,311. 


The initial provisional data released by census India 2011, shows that the density of Meerut for 2011 is 3500 people per sq. km. Meerut city administers area is 450 sq. km


The average literacy rate of Meerut City in 2011 was 75.66%. If things are looked out at gender-wise, male and female literacy was 80.97% and 69.79% respectively. The total literate in Meerut city was 8,58,441 of which 4,82,308 are males while 3,76,133 are females.


With regards to the Sex Ratio in Meerut, it stood at 897 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 847 girls per 1000 boys


In census enumeration, data regarding children under 0-6 age were also collected. There were a total of 1,70,823 children under the age of 0-6 years. Of the total 92,472 are boys while 78,351 are girls. The child Sex Ratio as per the census 2011 was 847. In 2011, Children under 0-6 formed 13.09 % of the total population of Meerut City.

Sources: Census 2011

Meerut District Population

Meerut district is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh state of India. The district was established under British rule in 1818 and, & has tehsils of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hastinapur, Baghpat, Sardhana, and Hapur. These now constitute the districts of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bagpat, Muzaffarnagar, Bulandshahr, and a part of Gautam Buddh Nagar district.

As per the census 2011, the Meerut district population is 34,43,689 (34.43 Lakhs) of which 18,25,743 are males and 16,17,946 are females. The literacy rate is 72.84% & the Male-Female Sex ratio is 886. The child sex ratio is 852

Population of Meerut 2024 | Meerut District Population

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