West Bengal Population by Religion 2021

West Bengal Population by Religion 2021

West Bengal is the fourth most populous state of India and has a diverse population of many religions & communities. At the census 2011, out of 9.12 Crore population, around 6.44 Crores (70.54%) have returned themselves as followers of Hindu religion, 2.46 crores (27.01%) as Muslims or the followers of Islam, 6.58 Lakhs (0.72%) as Christians, 2.28 lakhs (0.31%) as Christians & 1.42 % are other religions. 

Source: Census 2011

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Religion in West Bengal by population

#ReligionPopulation 2011
1Hindu64,385,546
2Muslim24,654,825
3Christian658,618
4Buddhist282,898
5Sikh63,523
6Jain60,141
7Other religions and persuasions942,297
8Religion not stated228,67
 Total91,276,115

Source: Census 2011

Religion in West Bengal by Percentage

#ReligionPercentage %
1Hindu70.54%
2Muslim27.01%
3Christian0.72%
4Buddhist0.31%
5Sikh0.07%
6Jain0.07%
7Other religions and persuasions1.03%
8Religion not stated0.25%

Source: Census 2011

Religion in West Bengal - Rural Population

#ReligionPopulation 2011Percentage %
1Hindu4133160066.47%
2Muslim1914662730.79%
3Christian4906240.79%
4Buddhist1847590.30%
5Jain109630.02%
6Sikh96000.02%
7Other religions and persuasions9183741.48%
8Religion not stated905660.15%
 Total62183113 

Source: Census 2011

Religion in West Bengal - Urban Population

#Religion Population 2011Percentage %
1Hindu2305394679.24%
2Muslim550819818.93%
3Christian1679940.58%
5Buddhist981390.34%
4Sikh539230.19%
6Jain491780.17%
7Other religions and persuasions239230.08%
8Religion not stated1377010.47%
 Total29093002 

Source: Census 2011

West Bengal Population - Caste wise

CastePopulation (%)
OBC*16%
Dalits (SCs)23.51%
Tribals (STs)5.80%
General caste25%
Muslims27%
Others<2%

*Govt has not enumerated caste-wise population other than SCs and STs in Census 2011. So OBC Percentage is not accurate & based on various estimates.