Education & Language
Khon Kaen is ranked the fifteenth largest in terms of physical
area, it is in fact the fourth largest province in population
size. Statistics in 1998 estimated the total population to
be 1,738,532 and it is noted to be growing annually.
of the populace live within eight major urban centers, including
the provincial capital, Khon Kaen city - which is home to
some 140,000 people. The remainder are located within twelve
rural centers and within the 1,732 small villages and settlements
scattered throughout the province’s twenty districts and five
of the population of Khon Kaen province belong to the Phaw
Thai (Isaan Thai) ethnic group and the Laos-Wieng sub-group,
who migrated from Laos.
occupation is farming and agricultural based professions.
In the capital, people of Chinese-Thai origin dominate commerce
and industry. In recent years, a large number of people from
other provinces have been attracted to work in the public
service sector and at the large Khon Kaen University. Khon
Kaen province now has the highest population growth in the
whole northeastern region of Thailand.
the province is a well-developed network of schools and higher
educational institutions. In 1996, it was reported that there
were 1,260 schools with 12,713 classrooms and some 15,693
teachers for 319,302 students. Although slightly below the
national average, the literacy rate in the province is relatively
high and it is estimated that more than 87% of all students
now complete compulsory primary education.
language in Khon Kaen province is standard Thai - as it is
throughout the rest of the country.
standard Thai is widely understood, many people living in
Khon Kaen will in fact speak their own version of the Thai
language simply known as Isaan, which is very similar to Laotian.
In fact many people from this northeastern province will proudly
stick to their Isaan dialect, even if they come to live in
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