West Sikkim district

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West Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim. The capital is Geyzing. It is also known as Gyalshing. The district is a favourite with trekkers due to the high elevations. Other important towns include Pelling and Yuksom.

Demographics[change | change source]

According to the 2011 census West Sikkim district has a population of 136,299,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Grenada.[2] This gives it a ranking of 608th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 117 inhabitants per square kilometre (300/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 10.58%.[1] West Sikkim has a sex ratio of 941 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 78.69%.[1]

The people are mainly of Limbu descent. Other ethnic groups include the Lepcha and Limbu, Bhutia communities. Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the district.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Grenada 108,419 July 2011 est.

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