Chittagong Division

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Chittagong Division
Map of Chittagong Division
Map of Chittagong Division
Coordinates: 22°55′N 91°30′E / 22.917°N 91.500°E / 22.917; 91.500Coordinates: 22°55′N 91°30′E / 22.917°N 91.500°E / 22.917; 91.500
Country Bangladesh
Capital Chittagong
 • Total 33,771.18 km2 (13,039.13 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 28,423,019
 • Density 840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
ISO 3166 code BD-B

Chittagong Division (Bengali: চট্টগ্রাম) is geographically the largest of the seven administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It covers the south-easternmost areas of the country, with a total area of 33,771.18 km2 (13,039.13 sq mi)[1] and a population at the 2011 census of 28,423,019.

Chittagong Division is home to Cox's Bazaar, one of the world's longest natural beaches; as well as St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh's sole coral reef.

Colonial predecessor[edit]

The precursor to the modern-day division was an administrative unit of British India. The Chittagong Division of the Bengal Presidency, with its capital in the port city of Chittagong, comprised the present-day districts of southeastern Bangladesh and the princely state of Hill Tippera.

Administrative districts[edit]

Chittagong division is subdivided into eleven districts (zilas) and thence into 99 sub-districts (upazilas). The first six districts listed below comprise the north-western portion (37.6%) of the division, while the remaining five comprise the south-eastern portion (62.4%), the two portions being separated by the lower (or Bangladeshi) stretch of the Feni River; the upland districts of Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban together comprise that area previously known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Before 1995, the six districts of Sylhet Division were also a part of Chittagong Division.

Name Capital Area (km²) Population
1991 Census
2001 Census
2011 Census
Brahmanbaria District Brahmanbaria 1,881.20 2,141,745 2,398,254 2,840,498
Comilla District Comilla 3,146.30 4,032,666 4,595,539 5,387,288
Chandpur District Chandpur 1,645.32 2,032,449 2,271,229 2,416,018
Lakshmipur District Lakshmipur 1,440.39 1,312,337 1,489,901 1,729,188
Noakhali District Noakhali 3,685.87 2,217,134 2,577,244 3,108,083
Feni District Feni 990.36 1,096,745 1,240,384 1,437,371
Chittagong District Chittagong 5,282.92 5,296,127 6,612,140 7,616,352
Khagrachhari District Khagrachhari 2,749.16 342,488 525,664 613,917
Rangamati District Rangamati 6,116.11 401,388 508,182 595,979
Bandarban District Bandarban 4,479.01 230,569 298,120 388,335
Cox's Bazar District Cox's Bazar 2,491.85 1,419,260 1,773,709 2,289,990
Total Division Chittagong 33,908.55 20,552,908 24,290,384 28,423,019

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sajahan Miah (2012). "Chittagong Division". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 


Census figures for 1991, 2001 and 2011 are from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Population Census Wing. The 2011 Census figures are based on preliminary results.