The country’s total population is now 152.51 million with a growth of 1.37 per cent as assessed in the 5th Population and Housing Census 2011.
President Zillur Rahman Monday released the data of the latest census completed on March 19, 2011 showing the figures of male and female population at 76.35 million and 76.16 million respectively.
The census report says the literacy rate of the country is 51.8 per cent with the rate of males being 54.1 per cent and that of females 49.4 per cent.
The number of the males per 100 females is now 100.3.
The density of population is 1,015 per square kilometre.
The census enumerated 32.7 million households in the country in 2011 with 0.08 per cent of those as institutional. The number of general households of the country is 31.86 million while that of institutional ones being only 26,677. The average household size is however 4.4.
The census which is done every 10 years also listed 2.0 million people with disabilities, 1.4 per cent of the total population.
Total ethnic population was calculated at 1.58 million which is 1.10 per cent of the population. The male and female percentage of them is 50.28 and 49.72 per cent.
Some 1.11 per cent of the national households belong to the ethnic population.
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) conducted the five-day-long census dividing the country into 130 enumerating districts.
The census is done to count each and every person living in the country to find accurate and concrete data on their growth, age, sex, ethnicity, religion and socio-economic status.
The country’s population stood at 149.77 million as on March 15, 2011.
Source : FT / BBS @ rrajowan