List of Districts in Meghalaya 2023

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 24, 2023, 20:17

Meghalaya is a state in northeastern India that was formed on 21 January 1972. There are a total of 12 districts of Meghalaya, which are divided into 3 administrative divisions. The state of Meghalaya covers a total area of 22,429 sq km. It was a part of Assam until 1972 when it was announced as a separate state.

We have shared the names of all 12 districts of Meghalaya here, along with the divisions they belong to. Additionally, we have also included information about the date of formation of each district of Meghalaya here.

How Many Districts in Meghalaya

The total number of districts of Meghalaya is 12. These districts are supervised by a number of officials. For each district, a District Magistrate or a Commissioner is appointed, who works along with a Superintendent of Police to look after the situation of law and order in the district.

When the state of Meghalaya was separated from Assam on 21 January 1972, there were only two Meghalaya districts: United Khasi Hills & Jaintia Hills district and the Garo Hills district. However, over time, the total number of districts of Meghalaya has increased to 12.

Districts of Meghalaya - Complete List

The complete list of Meghalaya districts has been shared here. Check the names of all 12 districts of the state, along with details about the total population and area covered by each district. Refer to the table shared below to get the details about the districts of Meghalaya

District

Headquarters

Area

(km²)

Population

(2011)

Established

North Garo Hills

Resubelpara

1,113

118,325

2012

East Garo Hills

Williamnagar

1,490

199,592

1976

South Garo Hills

Baghmara

1,850

142,334

1992

West Garo Hills

Tura

2,855

472,497

1976

South West Garo Hills

Ampati

822

172,495

2012

West Jaintia Hills

Jowai

1,693

270,352

2012

East Jaintia Hills

Khliehriat

2,040

122,939

2012

East Khasi Hills

Shillong

2,752

825,922

1976

West Khasi Hills

Nongstoin

3,890

252,010

1976

South West Khasi Hills

Mawkyrwat

1,341

110,152

2012

Eastern West Khasi Hills

Mairang

1,356.77

131,451

2021

Ri-Bhoi

Nongpoh

2,378

258,840

1992

Meghalaya Districts and Administrative Divisions

Here, we have shared the details about the administrative divisions in Meghalaya and the districts they consist of. Check out which of the Meghalaya districts fall in which administrative division from the table below

Divisions

Khasi Hills

Garo Hills

Jaintia Hills

Districts of Meghalaya

Ri-Bhoi,

East Khasi Hills,

West Khasi Hills,

South West Khasi Hills,

Eastern West Khasi Hills

North Garo Hills,

South Garo Hills,

East Garo Hills,

West Garo Hills,

South West Garo Hills

East Jaintia Hills,

West Jaintia Hills

 

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FAQs on Districts of Meghalaya

Q1. How many districts are there in Meghalaya?

There are total of 12 districts in Meghalaya. The Indian state of Meghalaya was previously a part of Assam. However, it was constituted as a separate state on 21 January 1972 with the United Khasi Hills & Jaintia Hills district and the Garo Hills district.

Q2. Which is the largest district of Meghalaya?

In terms of the total area covered, the largest district of Meghalaya is West Khasi Hills, which covers an area of around 3,890 square kilometres. In fact, because of its large area, the West Khasi Hills was bifurcated in 2021 to form another district of Eastern West Khasi Hills.

Q3. What are the names of the 12 districts of Meghalaya?

The names of the 12 districts of Meghalaya are Ri-Bhoi, East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Eastern West Khasi Hills, East Jaintia Hills, West Jaintia Hills, North Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills.

Q4. Which is the newest district of Meghalaya?

The newest district of Meghalaya is the Eastern West Khasi Hills district. This district was formed in 2021 after the Meghalaya Cabinet approved its creation. The existing West Khasi district was bifurcated into Eastern West Khasi Hills and it was officially inaugurated on 10 November 2021.

Q5. Which is the smallest district in Meghalaya in terms of area?

The smallest district in Meghalaya in terms of total area is the South West Garo Hills district. South West Garo Hills only covers an area of 822 square kilometres. However, the population of this district of Meghalaya is 172,495, which is much more densely populated than many other districts.

Q6. Where can I get the list of districts of Meghalaya?

The list of districts of Meghalaya is shared here. There are 12 districts in Meghalaya, which are divided into 3 administrative divisions. To find out the names of the districts of Meghalaya, along with information about the total area covered by each district, refer to the table shared here.