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According to the 2001 census (provisional) the total population of Sikkim is 540493.There has been increase of 134036 compared to population of 1991 which was 406457.The literacy  rate is 69.6 in 2001 as compared to 56.4of 1991.About 30% of the total population reside in urban areas of Sikkim. The increase in economic activities in all sectors and increase in the literacy rate play important role in the urbanization of the State. In the absence of industries in the State, towns and bazaars are the main places for the economic activities of the State. The rural products are brought to the towns, bazaars and the rural marketing centres for which the basic infrastructure has to be matched. There are eight notified towns and 46 rural marketing centers. The eight notified towns are Gangtok,  Singtam and  Rangpo in the East , Mangan in the North , Jorethang ,  Naya bazaar and Namchi in the South and Gyalshing in the West. 

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The urban population according to 1991 census district wise in the notified town areas is as under:
Districts Total Male Female Urban Total Male Female
East 178452 95986 82466 31872 18124 13748
South 98604 52105 46499 2569 1517 1052
West 98161 51246 46915 1762 1001 761
North 31240 17090 14150 803 508 295
Total 406457 216427 190030 37006 21150 15856

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