(MENAFN- Tribal News Network) August 25, 2017
ISLAMABAD, August 25: Pakistan's population has surged to 207.77 million with a 57 per cent increase since the last census in 1998, revealed data presented to the Council of Common Interest (CCI) on Friday.
After a gap of 19 years, the government finally carried out the sixth population census in Pakistan.
The census provisional results revealed increase in the population growth rate of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).
The results showed growth in Punjab and Sindh has slowed compared to previous results. According to the data, there are 106.45m males, 101.31m females and 10,418 transgenders.
It also shows that 30.5m people reside in KP, 5m in Fata, 47.9m in Sindh, 12.3m in Balochistan, 2m in Islamabad, while Punjab — the largest province in terms of population — houses 110 million people.
An increase in the urban-rural ratio has been observed in all administrative units except Islamabad, which nonetheless remains the second most urbanised unit of the country.
Over 52pc of Sindh's residents live in urban areas, which surpassed the capital territory as the most urbanised territory of Pakistan. Close to 36.4pc of Pakistanis live in urban areas, the provisional results reveal.
Balochistan, the least urbanised of Pakistan's provinces, has experienced the fastest average annual growth rate since 1998 of 3.37pc. Punjab's average annual growth rate remained the slowest at 2.13pc, slightly below the national average of 2.4pc.
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