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The ward is subordinates to the second-level units including county-level town or the provincial city or the urban district of central-controlled municipality. Currently, for management the urban areas and associating families, each ward is divided into neighborhoods (Vietnamese: khu phố), the neighborhoods is the organization of population.
Till December 31, 2008, Vietnam had 1,327 wards. In which, Ho Chi Minh City has 259 wards and Hanoi has 147 wards.