Districts of Meghalaya
The state of Meghalaya in India is divided into * divisions as follows:
Meghalaya currently has 7 districts. These are: East Garo Hills,
East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi, South Garo Hills, West
Garo Hills and the West Khasi Hills.
The East Garo Hills district was formed in 1976 and has a population
of 247,555 as per the 2001 census. It covers an area of 2603 square
kilometres. The District Headquarters are located at Williamnagar,
earlier known as Simsangiri.
The East Khasi Hills district was carved out of the Khasi Hills on
28 October 1976. The district has covers an area of 2,748 square
kilometres and has a population of 660,923 as per the 2001 census.
The headquarters of East Khasi Hills are located in Shillong.
The Jaintia Hills district was created on 22nd February 1972. It has
a total geographical area of 3819 square kilometres and a population
of 295,692 as per the 2001 census. The district headquarters are
located at Jowai. Jaintia Hills district is the largest producer of
coal in the state. Coal mines can be seen all over the district.
The Ri-Bhoi district was formed by further division of East Khasi
Hills district on 4th June 1992. It has an area of 2448 square
kilometres. The total population of the district was 192,795 as per
the 2001 census. The district headquarters are located at Nongpoh.
It has a hilly terrain and a large part of the area is covered with
forests. The Ri-Bhoi district is famous for its pineapples and is
the largest producer of pinapples in the state.
The South Garo Hills district came into existence on 18th June 1992
after the division of the West Garo Hills district. The total
geographical area of the district is 1850 square kilometres. As per
the 2001 census the district has a population of 99,100. The
district headquarters are located at Baghmara.
The West Garo Hills district lies in the western part of the state
and covers a geographical area of 3714 square kilometres. The
population of the district is 515,813 as per the 2001 census. The
district headquarters are located at Tura.
The West Khasi Hills district is the largest district in the state
with a geographical area of 5247 square kilometres. The district was
carved out of Khasi Hills District on 28th October 1976. The
district headquarters are located at Nongstoin.