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District
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CategorySecond-level administrative division
LocationStates and union territories of India
Number740 (as of 2020)
PopulationsGreatest: Thane, Maharashtra—11,060,148 (2011 census)
Least: Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh—8,004 (2011 census)
AreasLargest: Kutch, Gujarat—45,652 km2 (17,626 sq mi)
Smallest: Mahé, Puducherry—8.69 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
GovernmentDistrict Administration
SubdivisionsTehsil, Taluka, Mandal
Blocks

A district (zilā) is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. In some cases districts are further subdivided into sub-divisions, and in others directly into tehsils or talukas. As of 2020 there are a total of 739 districts,[1] up from the 640 in the 2011 Census of India and the 593 recorded in the 2001 Census of India.[2]

District officials include:

Each of these officials is aided by officers from the appropriate branch of the state government.

Most districts have a distinct headquarters; but the districts of Mumbai City, in Maharashtra,[3] Hyderabad in Telangana and Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, are examples where there is no distinct district headquarters, although there are district collectors.

# Code[5] District[6] Headquarters Population
(2011)
Area
(km²)
Density
(/km²)[6]
1 AN Anantapur Anantapur 4,083,315 19,130 213
2 CH Chittoor Chittoor 4,170,468 15,152 275
3 EG East Godavari Kakinada 5,151,549 10,807 477
4 GU Guntur Guntur 4,889,230 11,391 429
5 CU YSR Kadapa Kadapa 2,884,524 15,359 188
6 KR Krishna Machilipatnam 4,529,009 8,727 519
7 KU Kurnool Kurnool 4,046,601 17,658 229
8 PR Prakasam Ongole 3,392,764 17,626 192
9 NE Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore Nellore 2,966,082 13,076 227
10 SR Srikakulam Srikakulam 2,699,471 5,837 462
11 VS Visakhapatnam Visakhapatnam 4,288,113 11,161 384
12 VZ