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As of 2011, there are a total of 497 cities in India. Of these, Mumbai has the largest population, with a total of 12,478,447 residents living there. Delhi and Bangalore follow, with populations of 11,007,835 and 8,425,970, respectively.


As of April 2014, India has 28 states and seven union territories. The newest states, which were created in 2000, are Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. Telangana is due to be become a state in June 2014, making it the 29th state.


India has an estimated total population in excess of 1.2 billion people as of 2014, making India the second most populous country in the world. The largest and capital city of India is New Delhi, which contained an estimated 22.7 million of the country's population in 2011.


The major cities in India in terms of population size are New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, based on the 2011 estimate of the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook. New Delhi is the seat of government.


As of 2013, there are 665 universities in India. These include 201 private and 290 state public universities. Thirteen are state open universities, and one is a national open university.


Mumbai is largest city in India in terms of population, with total population of 12,478,447 in 2011. The second most populous city is Delhi, the third largest is Bangalore, and the fourth largest is Hyderabad.


India is home to at least nine recognized religions. The major religions practiced in India are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Zoroastrianism, Judaism and the Baha'i Faith are also practiced in India.


According to India's census, as of 2011 there are 138,188,240 Muslims in India. That equates to roughly 13.4 percent of the country's population, which at the time was over 1 billion people, making Islam the second most popular religion in India as of 2011.


It is important to define the word "city" before beginning to answer how many there are. The United Nations has contradictory definitions in its reports. A report compiled from World Atlas calculated that there were 4,416 cities in the world with a population of over 150,000.


According to a study of the United States census completed for Walk Score, approximately 20,000 cities or metropolitan areas are located in the United States. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are the three largest cities in the country.