List of cities and towns in Bangladesh

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This article presents a list of cities and towns in Bangladesh, a country in South Asia. According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives of Bangladesh, there are 532 urban centres in Bangladesh.[1][2][3]

The bureau defines an urban centre with a population of 100,000 or more as a "city". A city with a population of more than 500,000 is defined as a "megacity". Dhaka is the only megacity in Bangladesh according to this definition. Besides Dhaka, there are 10 other major cities. Dhaka and the 10 other major cities are governed by "City Corporations". All of the major cities have a population of more than 200,000.[2]

Besides Dhaka and 10 other major cities, there are 31 other non-City corporation cities in Bangladesh. Altogether, there are 42 cities in Bangladesh. An urban centre with a population of less than 100,000 is defined as a "town". In total, there are 490 such towns in Bangladesh.[2]

The 31 non-City Corporation cities and 287 towns are governed by 318 "Municipal Corporations". These are called "Paurashava"s in Bengali language. In addition, there are another 203 towns which are Upazila centres (and other urban centres) and not governed by any Municipal Corporation or "Paurashava". These are the non-Municipal Corporation or "non-Paurashava" towns.[2][3]

In 1951, Bangladesh was mostly a rural country and only 4% of the population lived in urban centres. The urban population rose to 19% in 1991 and to 26% by 2005. As of 2011, Bangladesh has an urban population of 28%.[2] The rate of urban population growth is estimated at 2.8%. At this growth rate, Bangladesh’s urban population will reach 79 million or 42% of the population by 2035. The urban centers of Bangladesh have a combined area of about 10600 square kilometers, which is 7% of the total area of Bangladesh. As such, Bangladesh has a very high urban population density: 4028 persons per square kilometer (2011), whereas the rural density is significantly lower: 790 persons per square kilometer (2011).[1]

Major cities[edit]

There are 11 major cities in Bangladesh which are governed by 12 City Corporations. These are: Dhaka North, Dhaka South, Chittagong, Comilla, Khulna, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Barisal, Rangpur, Gazipur and Narayanganj. Among these, Dhaka is a megacity, governed by 2 City Corporations. The remaining 10 major cities are considered metropolitan areas.

Rank City Area(km2)[2] Population (2011)[2] District Division
1. Dhaka 316 8,906,039 Dhaka Dhaka Division
2. Chittagong 155 2,592,439 Chittagong Chittagong Division
3. Khulna 51 664,728 Khulna Khulna Division
4. Sylhet 42 526,412 Sylhet Sylhet Division
5. Rajshahi 97 451,425 Rajshahi Rajshahi Division
6. Mymensingh 70.98 389,918 Mymensingh Mymensingh Division
7. Barisal 69 339,308 Barisal Barisal Division
8. Rangpur 50.69 307,053 Rangpur Rangpur Division
9. Comilla 23.44 296,010 Comilla Chittagong Division
10. Narayanganj 12.69 286,330 Narayanganj Dhaka Division
11. Gazipur 47.23 213,061 Gazipur Dhaka Division

Gallery of major cities in Bangladesh[edit]


These are other cities of Bangladesh which are governed by Municipal Corporations .

Bogra City
Tangail City
Rank City Area(km2) Population(2011) District Division
1. Bogra 69.56[4] 540,000[5] Bogra Rajshahi Division
2. Kushtia 42.79[6] 375,149[7] Kushtia Khulna Division
3. Jessore 28.56 237,478 Jessore Khulna Division
4. Cox's Bazar 24.45 223,522 Cox's Bazar Chittagong Division
5. Brahmanbaria 22.49 193,814 Brahmanbaria Chittagong Division
6. Dinajpur 22.00 191,329 Dinajpur Rangpur Division
7. Nawabganj 32.09 180,731 Chapai Nawabganj Rajshahi Division
8. Tangail 33.80 167,412 Tangail Dhaka Division
9. Sirajganj 31.27 167,200 Sirajganj Rajshahi Division
10. Feni 22.00 156,971 Feni Chittagong Division
11. Jamalpur 55.25 150,172 Jamalpur Mymensingh Division
12. Pabna 27.27 144,442 Pabna Rajshahi Division
13. Noakhali 23.79 130,842 Noakhali Chittagong Division
14. Faridpur 19.78 122,425 Faridpur Dhaka Division

Source: 2011 Bangladesh census[8]


The following is a list of towns in Bangladesh governed by Municipal Corporations.

Division Number Towns
Barisal Division 11
Chittagong Division 27
Dhaka Division 23
Khulna Division 9
Mymensingh Division 13
Rajshahi Division 15
Rangpur Division 7
Sylhet Division 9

Urban areas by population[edit]

Dhaka is by far the largest urban area as well as the largest metropolitan area in Bangladesh. Chittagong is the second largest city and urban area in Bangladesh as well as second largest metropolitan in Bangladesh while Khulna is the third largest metropolitan in Bangladesh. Other major cities with a population of more than 300,000 include Mymensingh, Narayanganj, Sylhet, Rajshahi,Rangpur,Bogra, Barisal and Comilla. The following table shows the largest populated area within a local government area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Us, Local Government Engineering Department, Ministry of Local Government, Bangladesh
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Population and Housing Census 2011 - Volume 3: Urban Area Report (PDF), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Aug 2014
  3. ^ a b Statistical Pocketbook Bangladesh 2017 (PDF), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 2018
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  8. ^ "Population Census 2011: National Volume-3: Urban Area Report" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. p. 24–25. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  9. ^ Population and Housing Census 2011 - Volume 3: Urban Area Report (PDF), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Aug 2014

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