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Katihar district
कटिहार जिला
Bihar district location map Katihar

Location of Katihar district in Bihar
State Bihar, Flag of India.svg India
Administrative division Purnia
Headquarters Katihar
Area 3,056 km2 (1,180 sq mi)
Population 2,389,533 (2001)
Literacy 36.19 per cent[1]
Lok Sabha Constituencies Katihar
Assembly Seats Katihar, Kadwa, Balrampur, Pranpur, Manihari, Barari, Korha
Major highways NH 31, NH 81
Official website

Katihar district is one of the thirty-seven districts of Bihar state, India, and Katihar town is the administrative headquarters of this district. The district is a part of Purnia Division.


Katihar became a fully-fledged district when it was split from Purnia in 1976.[2]


Katihar district occupies an area of 3,057 square kilometres (1,180 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to Canada's Akimiski Island.[4]

Rivers: Mahananda, Ganges, Koshi, Righa

Katihar district is situated in the plains of North Eastern part of Bihar State, surrounded by Purnea district (Bihar) in the north and the west, Bhagalpur district (Bihar) and Sahebganj district (Jharkhand) in the south and Malda district and Uttar Dinajpur district (Paschim Bengal) in the east.


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Katihar one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[5] It is one of the 36 districts in Bihar currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[5]


The district comprises three sub-divisions: Katihar, Barsoi and Manihari. Katihar sub-division is further divided into 10 blocks: Katihar, Korha, Falka, Sameli, Barari, Kursela, Pranpur, Hasanganj, Dandkhora and Mansahi. Barsoi sub-division consists 4 blocks: Barsoi, Kadwa, Azamnagar and Balrampur. Manihari sub-division has 2 blocks: Manihari and Amdabad. Hasanganj being the largest block which was under the zamindari rule with accres of land under the possession of then Late Shri Jogendranarayan Roy Choudhury. The entire landmass with school, temple and market has been donated to the people from the predecessors who remain in Katihar now with little of the possession under the Paul Choudhury fame. Mansahi was also very active zamindari estate which was at par with Kursela and Falka.


According to the 2011 census Katihar district has a population of 3,068,149,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Oman[7] or the US state of Iowa.[8] This gives it a ranking of 117th in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 1,004 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,600 /sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 28.23 %.[6] Katihar has a sex ratio of 916 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 53.56 %.[6]

Angika is the main language spoken in Katihar district.

Surjapuri language, a variant of Angika, is spoken in Barsoi subdivison of Katihar district .


  1. ^ "District-specific Literates and Literacy Rates, 2001". Registrar General, India, Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (2011-09-25). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Bihar: 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. pp. 1118–1119. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. 
  4. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 1998-02-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. "Akimiski Island 3,001km2" 
  5. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme". National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. "Oman 3,027,959" 
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. "Iowa 3,046,355" 

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