Akola is the 105th most populous city in India with a total population of 4,25,817. Highest employment in Akola is in Agriculture, Food products & Beverages, Textile, Chemical, Rubber/Plastic, Metal and other household industries. The district has 68% of the workforce employed in the Agricultural Sector, 31% in the Industrial Sector and the remaining 1% are Household workers. The major crops produced in the district are Cotton, Soybean, Green Gram, Black Gram, Pigeon Pea, Gram, Wheat. Apart from these, other horticultural crops like Orange, Banana, Papaya, Fenugreek, Brinjal etc. are also produced. Akola is called the Cotton City; it is the largest cotton-producing district in India. The city of Akola is located in the north-central part of Maharashtra state, western India, on the banks of Morna River and it is an important district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra State. It is an important historical, cultural, political, agricultural and industrial city. Akola is the administrative headquarters of Akola District located in Amravati Division. Akola city is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. After India gained its independence in 1947, the states and provinces were reorganized in 1956. Berar was divided among different states. Akola became a part of bilingual Bombay state which was further divided into two states in 1960. Akola became a part of the new Maharashtra State. The Narnala fort, Akot fort, Akola fort and Balapur Fort are some of the famous monuments in Akola.