The results from the houselisting exercise that was conducted as part of the 2011 census have been online for a while now. Most of us know that India’s population is over a billion (1.2 billion to be precise) but some lesser known facts are that the population lives in 244.6 million houses, spread across 0.6 million villages and 7933 towns.
The listing exercise also has collects data on possession of some household assets for communication and transportation. The top 3 modes of communication were: mobile/telephone (63%), television (47%) and radio/transistor (20%), while the top 3 modes of transportation are: bicycle (45%), scooter/moped/motorcycle (21%) and car/jeep/van (5%).
However, the most interesting data point was that 18% of the households do not possess any of the assets i.e. no mobile/telephone, no TV, no radio, no computer, no bicycle nor any vehicle.
The following spreadsheet summarizes the distribution of various household assets:
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