According to the 2001 census report, Davanagere had a population of 363,780 inhabitants. Males constitute 52% of the population and females constitute 48% of the population. In Davanagere, 12% of the population is less than six years of age. The national literacy rate is 59.5% and Davanagere recorded a literacy rate of 69%, which is much higher than the average rate. Literacy rate among the male population is 74% while that of the females is 64%.
This is because of the availability of good educational facilities. As a matter of fact, Davanagere is famous for its higher educational institutes. It has two dental colleges, three engineering colleges, one Ayurveda medical college, one fashion designing institute and other colleges offering courses in arts, science and commerce. Kannada is the major language spoken in Davangere.
It is famous for its textile and cotton mills and is known as the 'Manchester of Karnataka' because of the excellent quality cotton produced in its cotton mills. It is a major commercial, industrial and educational center in the district. Anagodu (16 km), Anaji (19 km), Hadali (12 km), Mayakonda and Harihar (14 km) are ideal tourist destinations. Kunduvada in Davanagere is a picturesque lake, which offers good view of sunset and is a popular picnic spot. Lord Siddeshwara temple is located near the lake.