- "Known for its bountiful orchards, District 11's workers spend their days among rustling fruit trees and sizeable farms."
- ―Description from The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide[src]
District 11 is one of the poorer of the thirteen Districts of Panem. Their industry is agriculture; orchards, fields of wheat, and cotton surround the District. Almost everything they grow goes to the Capitol, despite their starvation; if any citizen of District 11 is caught eating any of the crops, they are to be whipped in public. Its inhabitants are described as having dark brown skin as described in the physical traits of Rue, Thresh, Seeder (film) and Chaff.
The following jobs are offered in District 11:
Government and Security
- "Hearing this, District 12 feels like some kind of safe haven. Of course, people keel over from starvation all the time, but I can't imagine the peacekeepers murdering a simple-minded child."
Rue mentioned that a boy named Martin was once killed for trying to keep a pair of night vision goggles in order to play with them, even though he was harmless and only "acted like a three-year old". If any worker stole crops, they were publicly whipped, a common occurrence that the Mayor was described as strict on. In general, the Capitol tried to keep a tighter grip on District 11 because of it being the main food supplier, and as such was vital to the Capitol's existence.
According to Suzanne Collins, District 11 is near Atlanta. It appears to be south of District 12, because its weather was comfortably warm while snow was falling in 12. This warm weather would lengthen District 11's growing season and provide an ideal climate for growing food.
Relation to The Games
District 11 tributes are usually underfed and unprepared for the games, and generally place low. However, some have occupational skills that are useful in the arena, such as Rue, who could leap between trees. Others, like Thresh, are extremely large/muscular and have a large amount of strength because of physical labor, and the ability of both to recognize edible plants.
During the 74th Games (in the film), after Rue's death was shown, a riot was started in District 11.
- Rue - Placed 7th in the 74th Hunger Games.
- Thresh - Placed 4th in the 74th Hunger Games.
- Chaff - Placed 9th in the 75th Hunger Games, Victor of the 45th Hunger Games.
- Seeder - Died during Day 1 in the 75th Hunger Games, but won the 33rd Hunger Games. She placed 20th out of 24.
Usually, tributes from District 11 die early, making Rue and Thresh real exceptions when they both reached the final eight, Thresh reaching the final five. Chaff and Seeder, as victors in their respective Games, were selected in the reaping to participate in the 75th Hunger Games, the third Quarter Quell. Although Seeder was killed in the bloodbath, presumably trying to keep Katniss from getting killed, Chaff, her District partner, placed 8th.
Every known tribute of District 11 died at the hands of a Career. However, in the movie, Thresh died from the wolf muttations set on them by the Gamemakers, though it was presumed he and Cato were fighting and the mutts were set on half way through.
Way of Life
District 11 specializes in agriculture, growing wheat and managing orchards. The signature bread from this District is a dark, crescent-shaped roll dotted with seeds. There are many tracker jacker nests in District 11, causing workers to keep medical leaves on hand. In the orchards small children are sent to high branches to pick the highest fruits. They have long hours: from sunrise to sunset, the people work the fields to send food off to the Capitol.
During the harvest they often work until well after dark, using torchlight and night vision goggles. District 11 is many times larger than District 12. The citizens of District 11 live in small shacks. The people of this District are described as having "dark hair and dark skin". Due to this, they may be of African American, Latin American, Native American, or South Asian decent. However, due to the location of District 11 being confirmed by Suzanne Collins as "the Deep South" it is likely that they are mostly African American, or of Latin American decent.
- District 11 is possibly the biggest District which is not a surprise because they would need a big space for farm/garden, also it is shown they travel through a lot on the train to the square.
- All known tributes from District 11 are of African-American decent.
- In the 74th Hunger Games, District 11 has both the tallest tribute (Thresh), and both smallest and youngest tribute (Rue).
- After being the second District to pry from the Capitol's rule, communications went out in Districts 3, 7, and 12 to rebel. Afterwards, District 11 sends food to rebelling Districts in hopes of winning the war.
- It is revealed in Mockingjay that District 11 has 5 victors.
- According to the Capitol.PN, District 11 has a cultivated acreage of 12 with a population of 138,546, making it the fourth largest District, in terms of population.
- According to the Capitol.PN, District 11 claims 822,568 in tesserae, making it the second most impoverished District.
- It is considered a very poor District.