Women from small cities contribute to 65% crypto sign ups in India

India’s regulatory uncertainties have not affected the investor’s sentiment towards crypto as the latest data from crypto exchanges suggests a rising influx of users. 

Binance-owned Indian crypto exchange WazirX reported a 2,648% growth to date in user signups from smaller cities across India, also known as tier-II and tier-III cities, that can host up to 100,000 citizens. The Mumbai-based exchange reported:

“Tier-II and tier-III cities have driven almost 55% of total user signups on WazirX in 2021.”

The data also highlighted a rise in the number of women investors and enthusiasts across the country. Out of all the sign ups attributed to Indian women on WazirX, 65% of the accounts are based out of India’s tier-II and tier-III cities.

Citing pandemic-induced lockdown as a primary catalyst, WazirX reported a an average growth of 2,950% in tier-II cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Patna, followed by a similar 2,455% spike in tier-III cities like Ranchi, Imphal and Mohali.

A fiat payments gateway provider out of Bengaluru, Razorpay, also showed that smaller cities were responsible for around 54% of traffic on its network, highlighting a 92% growth in digital transactions.

Based on an immediate follow up with female traders, WazirX reported that investors are looking to crypto as a means to attain financial independence, a higher standard of living and a source of secondary income.

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