3,141,053 (20% Urban & 80% Rural according to 1998 Census)..
The total population of Rahim Yar Khan district was 3,141,053 as enumerated in march, 1998 with an intercensal percentage increase of 70.6 since March, 1981 when it was 1,841,451 souls. The average annual growth rate was 3.2 percent during this period. The total area of the district is 11,880 square kilometers which gives population density of 264 persons per square kilometer as against 155 persons observed in 1981 indicating a fast growth rate of the district.
The urban population was 616,582 or 19.6 percent of the total population of the district which grew at an average rate of 4.3 percent during 1981-98 and had decreased from 4.7 percent observed during 1972-81. There are three Municipal Committees and five Town Committees in the district.
The population of the district is predominantly Muslims i.e. 96.7 percent. The next higher percentage is of Hindu (Jati) with 1.8 percent, followed by Scheduled Castes 0.6 percent. While other minorities like Christians, Ahmadi etc. are very small in number. The proportion of population of Muslims is higher in urban than rural areas. Christians are mostly living in urban areas representing 1.2 percent as compare to 0.2 percent in rural areas. Ahmadis are equal in proportion in urban and rural areas.
Siraiki is the predominant language being spoken in the district, representing 62.6 percent of the population, followed by Punjabi and Urdu spoken by 27.3 and 2.9 percent respectively and Sindhi by 2.0 percent while others speak Pushto, Balochi, Bravi, Dari etc.
Literacy And Education Attainment Literacy
The literacy ratio in the district has increased from 20.0 percent in 1981 to 33.1 percent in 1998. The literacy ratio for males is 43.4 percent as against 21.8 percent for females. The ratio is much higher in urban when compared with rural areas both for male and female.
Area (Square Kilometers)
Population Density (per sq.Km.)
Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Khan Pur, Liaquat Pur,
Mianwali Qureshian, Tarinda Sawai Khan, Kot Samaba, Chowk Bahadurpur, Bagh-O-Bahar, Ghauspur, Nawan Kot, Fatehpur, Zahirpir, Sehja, Jehtha Butha, Tarinda Muhammad Pannah, Feroza, Khanbela, Tanwari Allahabad, Jamal Din Wali, Ahmedpur Lamma, Goth Alo, Dhendi, Machi Goth and Bhong.
Sugarcane, Cotton, Wheat, Rice and Rape/Mustard Seed.
Citrus, Mangoes, Dates and Guavas
Onion, Cauliflower, Tomato, Carrot, Turnip and Ladyfinger.
49,167 Area in Acres , 1921 Miles Canal Sides, 615.80 Km Road Sides
Total Metalled Roads (Km)
No. of Grid Stations
No. of Telephone Exchanges
Number of Industrial Units
Beverage, Cotton Ginning & Pressing, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Fertilizer, Flour Mills, Fruit Juices, G.I./M.S. Pipes, Hatchery, Oil Mills, Packages, Paper & Paper Board, Poultry Feed, Seed Processing, Soap & Detergent, Sugar, Sulphuric Acid, Textile Spinning, Textile Weaving and Vegetable Ghee & Cooking Oil
Detail of Land
Area in Acres
Total Geographical area
Total Reported Area
Non available for cultivation
(area under buildings & roads)
Unreported area (Cholistan)
I- Canal (Perennial area sub soil (water brackish zone)
II- Canal + Tubewells
902,000 (60.81% Irrigated Area )
132,372(8.92%Irrigated Area )
Total Area under Garden
Area under Mango Gardens
( Highest area under Mango Gardens as compared to others District in Punjab)