Nearly 50,000 people are concentrated near the kingdom's principal urban center and capital, Gangtok. The capital is important commercially as well as administratively. Gangtok is the center point of the state's political and economic core.
Tibetan Buddhism is the state religion and is followed by 28 percent of the population. Another 60 percent of the people are Hindu.
See also Lepcha
Karan, Pradyumna, and William M. Jenkins (1963). The Himalayan Kingdoms: Bhutan, Sikkim, and Nepal. Princeton: D. Van Nostrand.