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A slum is a heavily populated urban informal settlement characterized by substandard

housing and squalor.
While slums differ in size and other characteristics from country
to country, most lack reliable sanitation services, supply of clean water, reliable
electricity, timely law enforcement and other basic services. Slum residences vary
from shantyhouses to professionally-built dwellings that because of poor-quality design
or construction have deteriorated into slums.
Slums were common in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and
More recently slums have been predominantly found in urban regions of
developing and undeveloped parts of the world, but are also found in developed

According to UN-HABITAT, around 33% of the urban population in the developing
world in 2012, or about 863 million people, lived in slums.
The proportion of urban
population living in slums was highest in Sub-Saharan Africa(61.7%), followed by South
Asia (35%), Southeast Asia (31%), East Asia (28.2%), West
Asia (24.6%), Oceania(24.1%), Latin America and the Caribbean (23.5%), and North
Africa (13.3%). Among individual countries, the proportion of urban residents living in
slum areas in 2009 was highest in the Central African Republic (95.9%). Between 1990
and 2010 the percentage of people living in slums dropped, even as the total urban
population increased.
The world's largest slum city is in Mexico City.

Slums form and grow in many different parts of the world for many different reasons.
Some causes include rapid rural-to-urban migration, economic stagnation and depression,
high unemployment, poverty, informal economy, poor planning, politics, natural disasters
and social conflicts.
Strategies tried to reduce and transform slums in different
countries, with varying degrees of success, include a combination of slum removal, slum
relocation, slum upgrading, urban planning with city wide infrastructure development,
and public housing projects.
Slum Population in India - Slum Population simply refers to people living in slum areas
below the poverty line. As India is still on the path of development, there is large number
of people living below the poverty line. These people usually live in slum areas
connected to the city. According to Government sources, the Slum Population of India
have exceeds the population of Britain. It has doubled in last two decades. According to
last census in 2001, the slum-dwelling population of India had risen from 27.9 million in
1981 to 61.8 million in 2001. Indian economy has achieved a significant growth of 8
percent annually in last four years, but there is still large number of people nearly 1.1
billion still survives on less than 1 $ (around 46 INR) in a day.

Increase in Indian Population over a period of time has also resulted in slum population
growth. Despite of Government efforts to build new houses and other basic
infrastructure, most of the people living in slum areas do not have electricity, water
supply and cooking gas.
Slum Population in Mumbai - The financial capital of India known as Mumbai is home
to estimated 6.5 million slum people. Nearly half of Mumbai's Population lives in small
shacks surrounded by open sewers. Nearly 55% of Mumbai's population lives in Slum

Slum Population in Delhi - After Mumbai, Delhi has the second largest slum Population
in India. Nearly 1.8 million people lives in slum areas in capital of India - New Delhi.
These people are mostly unemployed or daily wage workers who cannot even afford
basic necessities of life.

Future Slum Population in India
According to recent estimates, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya
Pradesh will be having largest share of slum population in India by 2017. These states are
already home to a large number of slum populations which mostly lives in and around
urban areas. By 2017, Maharashtra will be home to more than 20 million of slum
population in India followed by Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It is
estimated that by 2017, India's total Slum population will be 104 million.