According to the 2011 census Dakshin Dinajpur district has a population of 1,676,276. roughly equal to the nation of Guinea-Bissau. or the US state of Idaho. This gives it a ranking of 295th in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 753 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,950/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 11.16%. Dakshin Dinajpur has a sex ratio of 954 females for every 1000 males and a literacy rate of 73.86%. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 28.80% and 16.43% of the population respectively.


Bengali is the principal language of the district. The dialect of the region is variously known as Dinajpuri, Rangpuri or Rajbongshi.


Dakshin Dinajpur district has a majority Hindu population with over 73% people following Hinduism. Islam is the second-largest religion in the district with over 24% adherents. Christianity is followed by 1.48% of people. Other religions in the district are Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists and make up a minuscule percentage.


Dakshin Dinajpur University has started functioning from 2021. It is located at Mahinagar, Balurghat. There is a government nursing college at Balurghat. There is one JNV present.There is one D.A.V group school (Atreyee DAV Public School) and a Techno Group school at Balurghat. There are a few good schools in Balurghat and Gangarampur. There are four CBSE affiliated and one CISCE affiliated school in Balurghat. Of late, The Green View English Academy is the only CISCE affiliated school in the entire district. The Atreyee D.A.V Public School has earned several accolades, giving the entire district an honorable position in the academic map of the country. VVM Junior Level National Champion (2018–19), Saswata Bose, is a student of The ADAVPS. Many government schools exist throughout the district.


The erstwhile Dinajpur District, at the time of the partition of India, was split up into West Dinajpur district and East Dinajpur. The East Dinajpur district, now called Dinajpur, became part of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The West Dinajpur district was enlarged in 1956, when States Reorganisation Act recommendations were implemented, with the addition of some areas of Bihar. The district was bifurcated into Uttar Dinajpur and Dakshin Dinajpur on 1 April 1992.

Source – wikipedia

Historical population
year pop ±% p.a.
1901 340,163
1911 363,212 +0.66%
1921 319,170 −1.28%
1931 342,245 +0.70%
1941 383,042 +1.13%
1951 448,275 +1.59%
1961 563,598 +2.32%
1971 772,618 +3.20%
1981 989,294 +2.50%
1991 1,230,608 +2.21%
2001 1,503,178 +2.02%
2011 1,676,276 +1.10%
Religions of Dakshin Dinajpur District (2011)
Religion Percent
Hindus 73.55%
Muslims 24.63%
Christians 1.48%
Other or not stated 0.34%
Languages of Dakshin Dinajpur District (2011)
Bengali (84.41%)t
Santalis (9.68%)
Kurukh (1.31%)
Sadri (1.25%)
Hindi (1.05%)
Otherss (2.30%)
Demographic Label
Area 2162 sq km
Population 16,70,931
Literacy Rate 73.86%
Subdivision 2
Block 8
Gram Panchayat 65
Villages 1637
Municipality 3
Police Station 8
Higher Eductaion Institutions
Institution Type Institution Name Institution Location
University Dakshin Dinajpur University Balurghat
Agricultural Universities (India) Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya Majhian
Balurghat College Balurghat
Buniadpur Mahavidyalaya Buniadpur
Dewan Abdul Goni College Harirampur, West Bengal
Gangarampur B.Ed College Gangarampur
Gangarampur College Gangarampur
Jamini Majumdar Memorial College Patiram
Kumarganj College Kumarganj
Kushmandi Government College Kushmandi
Nathaniyal Murmu Memorial College Tapan, Dakshin Dinajpur
General College S.B.S. Government College, Hili Hili, Dakshin Dinajpur
Jamini Majumdar Memorial College Patiram
Dakshin Dinajpur B.Ed College Fulbari
Balurghat B.Ed.College Balurghat
Vidyasagar College Of Education Gangarampur
Dakshin Dinajpur D.Ed College Tapan, Dakshin Dinajpur
Tebhaga Teachers Training College Margram
Bahadurpur B.Ed College Dhkshin Bahadurpur
Bangarh Scholar Teacher's Training Institute Bolla
Atryee College Of Education Dangi
Buniadpur Teachers' Training College Buniadpur
Polytechnic College Gangarampur Government Polytechnic Buniadpur
Hilli Government Polytechnic Hili, Dakshin Dinajpur
Banshihari Government ITI Bansihari (community development block)
Balurghat Government ITI Balurghat
Harirampur Government ITI Harirampur, West Bengal
Industrial training institute Hili Government ITI Hili, Dakshin Dinajpur
Kumarganj Government ITI Kumarganj
Tafijuddin Ahamed Memorial,Kushmandi Government ITI Kushmandi
Tapan Government ITI Tapan, Dakshin Dinajpur
Law College Balurghat Law College Balurghat
Nursing College Nursing Training School Dakshin Dinajpur Nursing College