Dhaka Division

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Dhaka Division
ঢাকা বিভাগ
Division of Bangladesh
Official seal of Dhaka Division
Seal
Dhaka in Bangladesh.svg
Coordinates: 24°10′N 90°25′E / 24.167°N 90.417°E / 24.167; 90.417Coordinates: 24°10′N 90°25′E / 24.167°N 90.417°E / 24.167; 90.417
Country  Bangladesh
Capital Dhaka
Area
 • Total 20,508.8 km2 (7,918.5 sq mi)
  (as reduced in 2015 by new Mymensingh Division)
Population (2011 Census - as reduced by creation of new division)
 • Total 36,433,505
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
ISO 3166 code BD-C
Website dhakadiv.gov.bd

Dhaka Division (Bengali: ঢাকা বিভাগ, Ḑhaka Bibhag) is an administrative division within Bangladesh.[1] The capital and largest city is Dhaka. The Division as constituted prior to 2015 covered an area of 31,051 km²,[1] and had a population of 47,424,418 at the 2011 Census. However, following the separation of the new Mymensingh Division in 2015, the area has been reduced to 20,508.8 km² with a population at the 2011 Census of 36,433,505.

Dhaka Division is bounded by Mymensingh Division to the north, Barisal Division to the south, Chittagong Division to the east and south-east, Sylhet Division to the north-east, Rangpur Division to the north-west, and Rajshahi Division to the west and Khulna Divisions to the south-west.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Dhaka Division, formerly Dacca Division of East Pakistan province, consisted before 2015 of four city corporations, 17 districts, 123 upazilas and 1,248 union parishads. However, four of the most northerly of the 17 districts were removed in 2015 to create the new Mymensingh Division, and another five districts (those situated to the south of the Ganges/Padma River) are in the process of being removed to create a new Faridpur Division.

Name Capital Area (km²) Population
1991 Census
Population
2001 Census
Population
2011 Census
Dhaka District Dhaka 1,463.60 5,839,642 8,511,228 12,043,977
Gazipur District Gazipur 1,806.36 1,621,562 2,031,891 3,403,912
Kishoreganj District Kishoreganj 2,688.59 2,306,087 2,594,954 2,911,907
Manikganj District Manikganj 1,383.66 1,175,909 1,285,080 1,392,867
Munshiganj District Munshiganj 1,004.29 1,188,387 1,293,972 1,445,660
Narayanganj District Narayanganj 684.37 1,754,804 2,173,948 2,948,217
Narsingdi District Narsingdi 1,150.14 1,652,123 1,895,984 2,224,944
Tangail District Tangail 3,414.35 3,002,428 3,290,696 3,605,083
North of the Ganges
(proposed reduced Dhaka Division)
13,595.36 18,540,942 23,077,753 29,976,567
Faridpur District Faridpur 2,052.68 1,505,686 1,756,470 1,912,969
Gopalganj District Gopalganj 1,468.74 1,060,791 1,165,273 1,172,415
Madaripur District Madaripur 1,125.69 1,069,176 1,146,349 1,165,952
Rajbari District Rajbari 1,092.28 835,173 951,906 1,049,778
Shariatpur District Shariatpur 1,174.05 953,021 1,082,300 1,155,824
South of the Ganges
(proposed new Faridpur Division)
6,913.44 5,423,847 6,102,298 6,456,938
Total Division * Dhaka 20,508.80 23,964,789 29,180,051 36,433,505

Note: * revised area and its population after excluding the districts transferred to the new Mymensingh Division.

Sources[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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