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As of 2003 the district had a population of 63,118. The district covers an area of 199 km². The district capital lies at An Khê.
Located on the main highway, QL-19 between Qui Nhơn on the coast and Pleiku in the Central Highlands, An Khe was of strategic significance during the Vietnam War. From mid-1965 to 1968, the American 1st Cavalry Division was based there. The 1st Cav saw ongoing action in the war. The Army 25th Ordnance Detachment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) also was located at the base camp and provided disposal support. Later in 1968 the 1st Cavalry Division relocated, and the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade took over the base camp.