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Davanagere District,Karnataka

Davanagere District is an administrative district of Karnataka state in India. The city of Davanagere is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,946,905 of which 32.31% was urban as of 2011. This district was carved out of Chitradurga district in 1997 by then Chief minister of Karnataka J. H. Patel with annexation of parts of Shimoga and Bellary districts.

The district lies in the central plains of the state with its unique features of having dual cultures of the north and the south of the state. The prominent towns in this district are Harihara, Harapanahalli, jagaluru, Honnali and Channagiri; these also happen to be its five other taluks. It is bound by Shimoga District and Haveri District on the west, Chitradurga District on the east, Bellary District on the north and Chikmagalur district on the south.

The Davanagere district has 6 taluk panchayats, 24 hoblies, 230 gram panchayats, 803 villages,1334 habitations, and 2 city municipal councils and one City Corporation

Geography
Davanagere district lies in the plain region on the Deccan Plateau locally known as Bayalu Seeme. The district is bounded by Shimoga district and Haveri district in the west, Chitradurga district in the east, Bellary district in the north and Chikmagalur district in the south. The district lies in the center of Karnataka between the latitudes 13°5′ and 14°50′ N and between the longitudes 75°30′ and 76°30′ E. There are many windy places within the district favouring the recent growth of wind energy industry across the district. The district has an area of 5,926 km2 (2,288 sq mi).
Economy
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Davanagere one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640). It is one of the five districts in Karnataka currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
Demographics
As of the 2011 census, Davangere city had a population of 435,125. Males constitute 52% of the population, and females 48%. Davangere has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 74.04%: male literacy is 89% and, female literacy is 81%. In Davangere, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Davangere is a mixed community centre. The majority are Lingayats with different sub-castes within the community. The mixed culture had previously developed very good tolerance for each other’s religious practices.
Languages Spoken
Kannada is the major language spoken.The Kannada particular to Davangere has mild regional influences. Hindi and Urdu languages are spoken by certain sections of the people. English owing to the presence of a sizable student population, hailing from across India and overseas.