Category:People of Kerala
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According to 2001 Census of India, 31.8 million People of Kerala (also called Keralites) are predominantly of Malayali descent, while the rest is mostly made up of Jewish and Arab origin in both culture and ancestry, and 321,000 indigenous tribal Adivasis and a large number of social groups. Kerala is home to 3.44% of India's population; at 819 persons per km², its land is nearly three times as densely settled as the rest of India. Women comprise 51.42% of the population. Kerala's human development indices — primary level education, health care and elimination of poverty — are among the best in India. According to a 2005/6 national survey, Kerala has one of the highest literacy rates (90.92%) among Indian states and life expectancy (73 years) was among the highest in India in 2001. Among others, these changes stem largely from efforts begun in the late 19th century by the kingdoms of Cochin and Travancore to boost social welfare. Kerala's principal religions are Hinduism (56.2%), Islam (24.70%), and Christianity (19.00%). Jainism has a considerable following in the Wayanad district. Buddhism was dominant at the time of Ashoka but vanished by the 8th century AD.
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