1.2.0 Karnataka State: Location and Demography Details:
Karnataka state extends over an area of 1.92 lakh sq.kms. of the total geographical area of the country. It occupies about 5.84%. The state is situated in the West-Central part of the deccan peninsula of the Indian union and is stretched between 130 3' and 180 45' north latitudes & 740 12' and 780 40' east longitudes. Major portion of Karnataka lies in the elevation range between 450 and 900 metres above the mean sea level. With a population of 4,49,77,201 accounts for 5.4% of the country's population. For administrative purpose, the state has been divided into divisions, districts and taluks. There are 27,024 villages spread over 175 taluks. 69.07% of population resides in rural area (3,10,69,413 persons). Economy of the state is predominantly agriculture based with around 45% state domestic product being accounted by this primary sector (Government of Karnataka 1990).
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