Sitapur has a total population of 1,77,234 and ranks 108th in term of Hindi speakers. Major employment in Sitapur is in Agriculture sector, Carpet and Durri industry, Shoe and leather industry and in Zari Zardozi industry. Out of entire workforce, 73% are employed in Agriculture sector, 22% are employed in the above mentioned industrial segment and remaining 5% Household workers. Sitapur has a good agricultural belt because of the availability of water and better soil for cultivation. Sarayan, Sharada, Ghaghara, Chauka, Katana, Sarayan and Gomati are the important rivers of the district. Sitapur is located on 138 meters above sea level. The history of Sitapur goes back to the epic period. According to the stories, Sitapur was established by the King Vikramaditya after the name of Lord Rams wife Sita. This continuity of this place can be traced from ancient, medical to the modern period. Purans was written by Rishi Ved Vyas on the ancient location called Namisharanya. Sitapur is one of the five sacred places, the Hindu have to visit in their Panch Dham Yatra Journey. This region was under the rule of Parsis which later taken over by the Rajputs. Under the early kings of Muhammadan kings of Delhi, this region was normally ruled by the Governor of Bahraich, but little authority was exercised. In the 15th century, the district was included in the new kingdom of Jaunpur. About 1527, Humayun occupied Khairabad, then the chief town; but it was not until the accession of Akbar that the Afghans were driven out of the neighbourhood. Under Akbar, the present district formed the part of four Sarkars - Khairabad, Bahraich, Oudh, and Lucknow - all located in the Subah of Oudh. Khairabad was held for some time by the rebels of Oudh in 1567 but throughout the Mughal period and the rule of Nawabs and Kings of Oudh.