The Population and Socio-Economic Atlas of Nepal 2011


This atlas provides an extensive set of maps at relatively disaggregated levels on the population and socio-economic conditions of the people of Nepal. Various themes like population, literacy and education, economic activity and employment, gender, household and amenities, water sanitation environment and health, agriculture, and industry have been presented. Moreover, population trends between 1971 and 2011, and projections from 2001 to 2031 have also been presented. The majority of the information published is based on the results of the Population and Housing Census 2011, while in some cases information is derived from other sources. Although some socio-economic indicators were mapped in Nepal in the recent past, the current publication is a comprehensive reference document of this size and volume published in Nepal. Altogether, this is a commendable contribution in the field of geographically referenced socio-economic information in Nepal. It is hoped that this work will support all in policy making and in addressing the larger economic and social development challenges of the country

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the members of the Editorial Board and the Technical Task Force composed of the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Survey Department of Government of Nepal for their efficient and excellent works. All the academicians and the renowned scholars in the Panel of Advisors who could spare some time to look through the results and give their valuable comments deserve my special appreciation.

At the end, I would once again hope that this publication finds value in all levels of policy making and development planning. I would also hope that the National Geographic Information Infrastructure Project (NGIIP) of Government of Nepal comes out with more geographically referenced information in future to support planning and resource management in Nepal.

Prof. Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel


National Planning Commission

September 18, 2015


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Content of the atlas is organized in two sections. The first section provides background information including a brief on the Population Census 2011, data sources and hierarchy of the administrative and ecological units. The second section consists of maps grouped in ten chapters as listed below. Altogether 210 thematic indicators are included in this publication. The characteristics of data including definition of indicators, range, source etc. are given in respective maps. Most of the indicators are mapped at three levels viz. district, region and eco-development region. Some indicators are mapped at VDC level as well depending upon the availability of data.

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General:Transportation Network

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02.Basic Population and Characteristics

Basic Population and Characteristics:Predominant Caste/Ethnicity

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03.Literacy and Education

Literacy and Education:Ratio of Girls to Boys in Secondary Level of Education

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04.Economic Activity and Employment

Economic Activity and Employment:Distribution of Own Account Holder by Broad Group of Occupation

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05.Gender Aspects

Gender Aspects:Distribution of Households having  Female Ownership of Fixed Assets in Urban Areas

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06.Household and Amenities

Household and Amenities:Distribution of VDCs/Municipalities by Number of Households

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07.Environment, Health, Water and Sanitation

Environment, Health, Water and Sanitation:Distribution of Households by Source of Drinking  Water in Urban Areas

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Agriculture:Distribution of Area of Holdings Affected by Soil Erosion

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Industry:Distribution of Manufacturing  Establishments by Ownership Type

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10.Trend and Projection

Trend and Projection:Population Projection 2011 - 2031

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