Katihar, a part of Purnia division, has total area coverage of 3057 sq km. With
a population of 2,389,533, the place is located at 25.53 degree north and 87.58
degree east. The district, with a population density of 782 persons per sq km, has
a total literacy rate of 35.29% as per the 2001 census. An independent district
since 1973, Katihar is primarily an agrarian region. Paddy is the chief commercial
crop. However, the district also houses jute and paper mills.
While the total urban population of Katihar is 2, 18,246, total rural population
is 2,171,287. Also for every 1000 males there are 919 females in the region. One
of the interesting facts about Katihar is that it has only 23% of its population
below poverty line.
Named after a tiny village dighi-katihar situated at the northeast corner, the district
has a rich heritage. Closely linked with Purnia by proper roads Katihar is well-known
for the prominent northeast railway junction.
With a steadily increasing literacy rate and declining below poverty line mark,
Katihar is surely making a mark of its own as one of the 37 districts of Bihar.