Kokrajhar district
Stream in Raimona National Park
Map of Kokrajhar district in Assam
Map of Kokrajhar district in Assam
Country India
State Assam
Territorial Region Bodoland
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesKokrajhar (shared with Chirang district)
 • Vidhan Sabha constituenciesGossaigaon, Kokrajhar West, Kokrajhar East
 • Total3,169.22 km2 (1,223.64 sq mi)
 • Total887,142
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS

Kokrajhar district is an administrative district in Bodoland Territorial Region of Assam. It is predominantly inhabited by the Boro tribe. The district has its headquarters located at Kokrajhar Town and occupies an area of 3,169.22 km2 (1,223.64 sq mi). It has two civil sub-divisions namely Parbatjhora and Gossaigaon and five revenue circles namely Kokrajhar, Dotma, Bhaoraguri, Gossaigaon and Bagribarilll


Kokrajhar was a part the undivided Goalpara district. In 1957, under the administration of Bimala Prasad Chaliha as the Chief Minister of Assam, three sub-divisions were created one of which was Kokrajhar. This sub-division was made into a district on 1 July 1983.[1]

On 29 September 1989 Bongaigaon district was created from parts of Kokrajhar and Goalpara.[1]


Kokrajhar district occupies an area of 3,129 square kilometres (1,208 sq mi),[2] comparatively equivalent to Russia's Waigeo Island.[3] Kokrajhar district is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra river. It forms the gateway to the Seven Sister States. Kokrajhar shares its boundary with Bongaigaon (now known as Chirang), Dhubri, West Bengal, Barpeta and Bhutan. Part of the district is made up of Manas National Park.


Agriculture in Kokrajhar district

In 2006 the Indian government named Kokrajhar one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[4] It is one of the eleven districts in Assam currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[4]


There are four Assam Legislative Assembly constituencies in this district: Gossaigaon, Kokrajhar West, Kokrajhar East, and Sidli.[5] All but Gossaigaon are designated for scheduled tribes.[5] All four are in the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency.[6]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

According to the 2011 census Kokrajhar district has a population of 887,142,[8] roughly equal to the nation of Fiji.[9] This gives it a ranking of 467th in India (out of a total of 640).[8] The district has a population density of 280 inhabitants per square kilometre (730/sq mi).[8] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 5.19%.[8] Kokrajhar has a sex ratio of 958 females for every 1000 males,[8] and a literacy rate of 66.63%. 6.19% of the population lives in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 3.33% and 31.41% of the population respectively.[8]

The district is multi-ethnic, with no majority ethnic group but Bodo people form a plurality. Kokrajhar is known as a global center of Bodo culture and language and serves as the capital of Bodoland Territorial Council. Most of the indigenous communities of Kokrajhar are Hindu, with a small Christian minority and few Muslim Minority belongs to Jharua (Koch Muslim), Goria and Deshi Community. Almost all of the Bengalis are Muslim, while more than 90% of the Santhals are Christian.[10]


Religion in Kokrajhar district (2011)[11]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Population of circles by religion
Circle[11] Hindus (%) Muslims (%) Christians (%) Other
Gossaigaon (Part) 53.68 21.07 24.90 0.35
Bhowraguri 37.29 62.05 0.51 0.15
Dotoma 69.83 26.60 3.18 0.39
Kokrajhar (Part) 76.30 15.76 6.86 1.08
Golokganj (Part) 59.57 32.53 7.71 0.19
Dhubri (Part) 35.69 55.70 8.55 0.06
Bagribari (Part) 43.39 46.56 9.69 0.36
Bilasipara (Part) 30.51 69.30 0.07 0.12
Chapar (Part) 38.32 54.59 6.64 0.45


Languages spoken in Kokrajhar district (2011)[12]

  Boro (28.39%)
  Assamese (19.92%)
  Bengali (17.78%)
  Santali (11.90%)
  Rajbongshi (7.62%)
  'Other' Assamese (3.86%)
  Rabha (2.58%)
  Hindi (1.76%)
  Nepali (1.65%)
  Kurukh (1.42%)
  Garo (1.21%)
  Others (1.91%)

According to the 2011 census, 28.39% of the population spoke Boro, 19.92% Assamese, 17.78% Bengali, 11.90% Santali, 7.62% Rajbongshi, 2.58% Rabha, 1.76% Hindi, 1.65% Nepali, 1.42% Kurukh and 1.21% Garo as their first language. 3.86% of the population recorded their language as 'Others' under Assamese.[12]

Flora and fauna

In 1990 Kokrajhar district became home to Manas National Park, which has an area of 500 km2 (193.1 sq mi).[13] It shares the park with four other districts.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Assam: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. p. 1116. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. ((cite book)): |last1= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 18 February 1998. Retrieved 11 October 2011. Waigeo 3,154km2
  4. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b "List of Assembly Constituencies showing their Revenue & Election District wise break - up" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Assam website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  6. ^ "List of Assembly Constituencies showing their Parliamentary Constituencies wise break - up" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Assam website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  7. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  8. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Handbook: Kokrajhar" (PDF). censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  9. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Fiji 883,125 July 2011 est.
  10. ^ Census 2001
  11. ^ a b "Table C-01 Population By Religion: Assam". census.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Table C-16 Population By Mother Tongue: Assam". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  13. ^ Indian Ministry of Forests and Environment. "Protected areas: Assam". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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