Maharashtra is most Urbanised state in India

Hiranandani_Gardens_skylineBy Accommodation Times Research

While doing demand assessment Research for residential units in urban centres in India, Accommodation Times Education and Research Foundation found that Maharashtra is the state where maximum population stays in urban centres. Almost 50818259 people are staying in urban areas and cities while rural Maharashtra is accommodating 61556074 people according to 2011 census.

25 cities in Maharashtra are developing faster then in last fifty years. Migration to urban centres have been witnessed in recent years and now 72% of Maharashtra’s population lives in these 25 cities.


Rank Name District Population
1 Mumbai City Mumbai 12,442,373
2 Pune & Pimpri-Chinchwad together Pune 5,057,709
3 Nagpur City Nagpur 2,497,870
4 Thane City Thane 1,886,941
5 Nashik including Extended Area Nashik 1,862,769
6 Aurangabad including Extended Area Aurangabad 1,589,376
7 Solapur City Solapur 1,284,863
8 Kalyan-Dombivali City Thane 1,246,381
9 Vasai-Virar City Palghar 1,221,233
10 Navi Mumbai City Thane 1,121,330
11 Ichalkaranji including Extended Area kolhapur 325,499
12 Kolhapur City Kolhapur 549,236
13 Amravati together Amravati 103,1100
14 Akola including Extended Area Akola 721,349
15 Bhiwandi-Nizampur City Thane 711,329
16 Dhule including Extended Area Dhule 675,559
17 Jalgaon including Extended Area Jalgaon 567,911
18 Latur City Latur 510,000
19 Panvel City Raigad 509,901
20 Ulhasnagar City Thane 506,098
21 Sangli-Miraj & Kupwad together Sangli 502,697
22 Malegaon City Nashik 471,006
23 Ahmednagar including Extended Area Ahmednagar 350,905
24 Nanded-Waghala City Nanded 550,564
25 Chandrapur City Chandrapur 321,036

Demand for Housing increasing as rural population rapidly migrating to cities where water is available. Large part of eastern Maharashtra is affected by water scarcity. Vidharbh including Nagpur division is least preffered areas to migrate. In Pune and many parts of Nashik, Aurangabad, people from other states are coming for better accommodation, facilities and amenities. Medical and education being one of the major cause to migrate into these cities.

Housing being the first need to migrate, these cities are rapidly expanding city limits and outskirts are galloping villages and country side areas. Farm land are being converted into residential zones and demand for affordable housing is increasing day by day.

By 2026, Urban Maharashtra will need more 15 million houses to house the growing populations. The state is having one of the lowest density of population as 365 people/km and its industries gives huge employment for skilled labour, is one of the reason where real estate market will be bullish for next 25 years.


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