Rajkot district (Gujarati: રાજકોટ જિલ્લો) is one of the 26 districts of the Indian state of Gujarat. Rajkot city is the administrative headquarters of the district. It is the third-most advanced district in Gujarat.
This district is surrounded by Morbi district in north, Surendranagar and Botad districts in east, Amreli and Junagadh districts in south and Porbandar Jamnagar district in west. The district occupies an area of 11203 km².
Origin of name
The district is named after its headquarters, Rajkot city. The name of the city of Rajkot (literally means the city of princes) was probably derived from Raju Sandhi, the co-founder of the erstwhile princely state of Rajkot in 1610.
The city is situated between 23°08' North latitude and 20º58' North latitude and 71º40' East longitude and 70º20' East longitude. Rajkot has relatively pleasant climate. The climate does not exhibit a lot of extremities. The summer spans from March to June. The temperature at this time varies between 20°C and 40°C. The rainy season spans from July to September. The average amount of rainfall received by the place is 550 mm. The winter months are October to February.
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The district comprises 14 talukas. These are Maliya Miyana, Morbi, Wankaner, Tankara, Paddhari, Lodhika, Dhoraji, Rajkot, Jam Kandorna, Upleta, Jetpur, Kotda Sangani, Jasdan and Gondal. Panchpipla is one of the village of Rajkot Dist. from many villages.
There are 8 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district: Rajkot East, Rajkot West, Rajkot South, Rajkot Rural, Jasdan, Gondal, Jetpur and Dhoraji. Tankara, Wankaner, Rajkot East, Rajkot West, Rajkot South, Rajkot Rural and Jasdan constituencies are part of Rajkot Lok Sabha constituency. Gondal, Jetpur and Dhoraji are part of Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency. Morbi is part of Kachchh Lok Sabha constituency.
Rajkot Airport, located near Rajkot city provides air connectivity with Mumbai. The only port of this district, the Port of Navlakhi is an all-weather lighterage port located on the southwest end of the Gulf of Kutch.
According to the 2011 census Rajkot district has a population of 3,799,770, roughly equal to the nation of Liberia or the US state of Oregon. This gives it a ranking of 68th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 339 inhabitants per square kilometre (880 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.87%. Rajkot has a sex ratio of 924 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 82.2%.
It had a population of 3,169,881 of which 51.29% were urban as of 2001. The literacy rate is 74.85% (2001 census).
- Dhumaketu (1892–1965) Writer. Born in Virpur.
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Born in Porbandar, Mahatma Gandhi grew up in Rajkot and maintained his permanent home in Rajkot for majority of his life.
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