People Of District Abbottabad

Population of District Abbottabad

Culture of District Abbottabad

Occupations in District Abbottabad





Population of District Abbottabad

The total population of District Abbottabad was 881,000 according to the Census of 1998. The annual growth rate of population during 1981-1998 was 1.82%. Population density is 447.7 persons per Sq. KM in March 1998.

The ratio of urban and rural population is 18:82. The gender ratio (i.e. the number of males per hundred females) of the District is 100.2, where it is 94.96 in rural areas and 128.08 in urban areas.

The literacy rate of the District is 56.61. The table below gives the ratio by gender and rural/urban for 1998 Census.


Literacy ratio by Gender and Rural/Urban Areas, 1998

Area Male Female Both Genders
Rural 71.33 34.18 51.85
Urban 85.69 64.71 76.73
All Areas 74.52 39.11 56.61

According to the 1998 Census, out of the total educated persons 31.60% had passed primary, 19.39% middle and 18.45% matriculation. After matriculation the percentage falls to 5.54% for intermediate, 3.21% for graduate and 1.14% for postgraduate.

The economically active population of the Abbottabad District to the total population comprised about 176,000 souls or 19.99%. Out of this 97.72% are males and 2.28% are females.








Culture of District Abbottabad


Hindko is the major language of the District. According to the 1998 Census, 94.26% of the total population speaks Hindko. Other languages spoken in the District are Urdu– 1.05%, Pushto– 2.22% and Punjabi– 2.30%.











Customs and Traditions

Abbottabad is well-cultured area, modern and ancient cultures are combined here. Although the young generation is found of modern culture but religious bonds are very tight and majority of the population like the Islamic traditions and follow the path of Allah. The Hujra meetings (sitting) are also included in the customs. The Islamic traditions are outstanding in rural area and have high moral values in the society.















Common dress of the people is Shalwar Qamiz, however Government officials and students use trousers and coats. Turban, Kraquli, Patti caps are worn by the people. Men often wear Waistcoats and Coats over Shalwar Qamiz. Women’s dresses are also very simple and consist of Shalwar, Qamiz, Dopatta and Chadder.












The food of inhabitants of the District is very simple. Maize, wheat and rice are eaten everywhere. Desi Ghee and Lassi is used eagerly in the rural areas.


Occupations in District Abbottabad

A large majority of the population– (60%) depends upon agriculture for their subsistence. However, income from agriculture is too meager to support the population. As a result, many of them have found work in other parts of the country or left for abroad. Other minor professions to which people have taken to, include those of cobblers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, weavers, barbers, washermen, labourers etc.