Greater Dhaka is the conurbation surrounding the Bangladeshi capital city of Dhaka, which has grown into one of the world's largest megacities, and shows a very rapid rate of expansion. Dhaka not only grows because it is the capital and largest urban center, but also due to massive internal displacement from millions of people living in a perennially flood-prone river delta.
The area of Dhaka Statistical Metropolitan Area was 1,353 square kilometers, of which Dhaka City Corporation occupied 276 square kilometers at the 2001 census. The Dhaka Statistical Metropolitan Area (SMA) covers Savar Upazila, Keraniganj Upazila of Dhaka District (note: only a portion of the district is part of the metropolitan area), Narayanganj Sadar Upazila and Bandar Upazila of Narayanganj District and parts of the Gazipur District.
Since 2001, Dhaka has grown tremendously as evidenced by 2011 census figures. However, definitions between the two censuses have changed. The following table is a revision of the metropolitan area, shown in blue and red on map, based on 2011 figures:
|Administrative district||Included area||Area (km²) 2011**||Population 2001 Census (Adjusted)||Population 2011 Census (Adjusted)||Population density (/km² 2011)|
|Dhaka District||Dhaka Municipal Corporation & Surrounding Thanas (blue on map)||300.97||6,881,025||9,254,473||30,748.8|
|Narayanganj District||Narayanganj Sadar Upazila||100.74||946,205||1,381,796||13,716.5|
|Gazipur District||Gazipur Sadar Upazila||457.67||925,454||1,899,575||4,150.5|
|Narsingdi District||Narsingdi Sadar Upazila||213.43||606,474||737,362||3,454.8|
Notes: ** Areas may differ from 2001 due to accuracy or natural changes in land boundaries.
- Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics - Community Report
- ^ Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Statistical Pocket Book, 2008 (pdf-file) 2008 Population Estimate. View Page 7 for the population of Dhaka Metropolitan Area.