Uttar Pradesh - The Land of Unlimited Potential

Uttar Pradesh
Parameters Uttar Pradesh India
Population* (Million)
Most populous State (16.5%)
200 1,210
Urban population (%) 22.3 27.8
Area (sq kms)
5th Largest State in size (7.3%)
2,41,041 3,287,240
GSDP (in USD billion)
3rd Largest economy (8%)
71.67 886.41
Literacy rate (%) 70 74

Key Facts

Second largest producer of sugarcane in India

The state is the second largest producer of sugarcane in the country, trailing only Maharashtra. In 2012-13, 2.2 million hectares of area in the state was under sugarcane cultivation and total production was at around 132.4 million tonnes*.

Second largest producer of vegetables in the country

Uttar Pradesh is the second largest producer of vegetables in the country. It is the largest producer of pointed gourd, peas, potato, muskmelon, watermelon and pumpkin in India. The state is also the third largest producer of sweet potato.

Third largest hub for MSMEs in the country

Uttar Pradesh has the third highest number of micro, medium and small enterprises (MSMEs) in India. With an investment of over US$ 4 billion, over 175,000 MSME units were set up during the 11th Five Year Plan.

Largest consumer base with increasing per capita income

The state has the largest consumer base in the country of more than 200 million people. The per capita income is increasing steadily in Uttar Pradesh, giving rise to one of the biggest markets for industrial houses.

Large skilled workforce

Uttar Pradesh has a large number of business schools, engineering colleges and polytechnic institutes providing a steady pool of skilled workforce. The state stands second, third and fourth in the number of ITIs/ITCs, business schools and engineering colleges, respectively.

Largest milk producing state in the country

Uttar Pradesh is the largest milk producing state, accounting for nearly 17.6 per cent (23.3 million tonnes) of the total milk produced in the country in 2012-13.

Leading tourist destination

Uttar Pradesh is one of the most favoured tourism destinations as the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is located in Agra. The state was ranked second and fourth in terms of domestic and foreign tourists, respectively, in 2013. Nearly 226.5 million domestic and 2.1 million foreign tourists visited the state in 2013.

Growth comparison of GSDP Vs. National GDP

Growth comparison of GSDP Vs. National GDP

Growth comparison(%) of Per capita Income of UP Vs. All India

Growth comparison(%) of Per capita Income of UP Vs. All India
  • Growth rate of service sector GSDP - CAGR of 9.3%
  • Primary sector contributes 29.1% in UP’s GSDP against 19.7% in India’s GDP
  • Percentage of services sector in State GSDP has increased by from 48% to 55%
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