The growth of population is an important demographic characteristic which not only helps in understanding the population change that a society has undergone, but also helps in predicting the future demographic characteristics of an area. Therefore, it is useful to study and analyze the pattern of population growth. The purpose of this study is to examine the decadal variation of population growth in Western Himalayan States of India i.e. Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand sprawling over an area of 3,31,392 sq km. It
constitutes about one-tenth area of India but supports merely 2.44 percent of India's population (Census 2011). The
present study is based on secondary data collected at district level for four Census years i.e. 1981, 1991, 2001 and
2011. The simple percentage method and choropleth technique have been used to present the temporal and spatial variations in growth of population. In order to identify the regions of high, low and moderate growth rate the decadal growth rate of population has been calculated for these decades (1981-1991, 1991-2001 and 2001-2011). The study reveals that the study area as a whole experienced declining trend in growth of population. However, there were marked regional variations at the district level. The majority of districts of Jammu and Kashmir have recorded sizable growth of population, whereas, the central and southern parts of the study area which comprise Himachal
Pradesh and Uttrakhand have conversely registered low growth rate in population.