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As of 2003 the district had a population of 134,584. The district covers an area of 189 km². The district capital lies at Chợ Lách. The district capital lies on Provincial Highway 57 and is 45 km west of Bến Tre and 20 km east of Vĩnh Long.
The district capital was formed by Decree No. 41/HĐBT on March 14 1984 by the Vietnamese Cabinet. The capital comprises the following hamlets: Sơn Quy, 2/3 Bình An, 1/6 Phụng Châu of the commune of Sơn Định. Chợ Lách's name means "Lách Market", and is derived from the presence of a market in the area in the vicinity of many "lau lách" trees.