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Puducherry Population 2024

Puducherry earlier Pondicherry is a union territory in the southern part of India. It was formed out of four territories of former French India, namely Pondichéry, Karikal (Karaikal), Mahé, and Yanaon (Yanam). It’s the 29th most populous and the third most densely populated of the states and union territories of India. 

As per provisional reports of Census India, the population of Puducherry in 2011 was 1,247,953 (12.48 Lakhs) and the estimated population in 2024 was 1,683,000 (16.8 lakh)

YearPopulation% Growth
20111,248,000
20161,402,00012.34%
20211,571,00012.05%
20261,757,00011.84%
20311,961,00011.61%
20362,184,00011.37%
Census 2011-2021

Puducherry has a population growth rate during 2011-2021 of 13.27%. Its estimated population in 2021 is 15.71 Lakhs* an increase of around 2.23 Lakhs from 2011.

PuducherryCensus 2011
Total Population1,247,953 (12.48 Lakhs)
Male Population612,511
Female Population635,442
Total Area483 km2 
Area Rank34th
Population Density2900/km2
Population Rank29th
Average Literacy (%)85.8%
Sex Ratio1037
Capital CityPondicherry
Formation16 August 1962

Source: Census 2011 & UIAI for 2021 Estimates

Puducherry Population by Religion 2023

Puducherry has a diverse population of many religions & communities. At the census 2011, out of 12.48 lakhs population, around 10.90 Lakhs (87.30%) have returned themselves as followers of Hindu religion, 78.5 thousand (6.29%) as Christians and 75.5 thousand (6.05%) as Muslims. In addition 0.17% Stated as no religion & 0.18% are other religions.

Religion in Puducherry by population

#ReligionPopulation 2011
1Hindu1,089,409
2Christian78,550
3Muslim75,556
4Jain1400
5Buddhist451
6Sikh297
7Other religions and persuasions168
8Religion not stated2122
 Total1,247,953

Source: Census 2011

Religion in Puducherry by population

#ReligionPopulation 2011
1Hindu1,089,409
2Christian78,550
3Muslim75,556
4Jain1400
5Buddhist451
6Sikh297
7Other religions and persuasions168
8Religion not stated2122
 Total1,247,953

Source: Census 2011

Top Cities in Puducherry by Population

#CityPopulationMetropolitan population
1Ozhukarai300,104300,104
2Puducherry244,377654,392
Districts in Puducherry

As of 2021, there are 4 Districts in Puducherry.

  • Karaikal 
  • Mahé 
  • Puducherry 
  • Yanam 

Source: Census 2011

Puducherry Population 2024 | Religion in Puducherry