The city has shown an impressive improvement in the female sex ratio and their literacy rate, according to the statistics from the 2011 census.
The data reveals that the female sex ratio of city has gone up by 41 points. There are 818 females per 1000 males, which was 777 in the last census conducted in 2001.
The data also shows that the sex ratio in the rural areas has increased to 690 from 621 in 2001, thus registering an improvement of 69 points. Also, the sex ratio in the urban regions of city is 822 females as compared to 796 recorded in the last census. The female population up to six years of age is 54,766, which was 52,949 in 2001.
The literacy rate among females has also seen an upward trend. The figures show that 86% population of the city was literate now. Of that, male and female literacy stands at 90% and 81.2%, which was 88% and 75%, respectively, in 2001.
There was also a considerable increase in the number of working women. Of the 4,04,136 working population in the city, 3,28,159 are men and 75,977 women. In 2001, the figures were 2,84,419 and 56,003 for males and females, respectively.
"Improvement in the female literacy rate and sex ratio are positive signs," said director census operation, Chandigarh, TN Bindhyeshwar, while interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of release of data on Friday.
The city has a population of 10.54 lakh, of which 5,80,282 are males and 4,74,404 females. In 2001, the total population was 9,00,635, of which 5,06,938 were males 3,93,697 females. The city is second most densely populated city in the country after New Delhi.