Literacy rate within India's slum population by gender 2001-2011

The statistic displays the literacy rate within the slum population in India in 2001 and 2011, distributed by gender. In 2001, more than 80 percent of the male population living in slum households were able to read or write. The male literacy rate has increased by 2011 to just under 84 percent. A high share of females living in slum households were illiterate.

Literacy rate within slum population in India in 2001 and 2011, by gender

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Release date

September 2013



Survey time period

2001 and 2011

Supplementary notes

According to the Indian census, slums are defined as residential areas with poorly built households which are unhygienic and unfit for human habitation because of dilapidation, overcrowding, lack of sanitation, water and infrastructure.

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