|Counties of Iran|
شهرستانهای ایران(in Persian)
|Found in||Provinces of Iran|
|Government of Islamic Republic of Iran|
The counties of Iran, called shahrestan (Persian : شهرستان, also Romanized as "šahrestân"), are administrative divisions of larger provinces (ostan). The word shahrestan comes from the Persian words šahr ("city, town") and stân ("province, state"). "County", therefore, is a near equivalent to shahrestan.
Iranian counties are divided into one or more baxš (بخش), or districts. A typical county includes both cities (شهرšahr) and rural agglomerations (دهستانdehestân), which are groupings of adjacent villages. One city within the county serves as the capital of that county.
Each county is governed by an office known as farmândâri, which coordinates different public events and agencies and is headed by a farmândâr, the governor of the county and the highest-ranking official in the division.
Among the provinces of Iran, Fars has the highest number of shahrestans (36), while Qom uniquely has only one, being coextensive with its namesake county. In 2005, Iran had 324 shahrestans, while in 2021, Iran had 443 shahrestans.
To better understand these subdivisions, the following table is useful. Assume that province P is divided into two counties: A and B. County A has 3 districts: Central, X, and Y. The Central district is the district that contains City M, the capital of the county. Each district contains one or more cities and/or one or more RAs (rural agglomerations). In our example, the Central district contains City M, City N, and RA T, which is composed of the villages V1, V2, V3, and V4; district X contains City O and RA U; and district Y has no cities and one RA V. The minimal county consists of only one city as the only district, named Central. The county B in the following table is of such type, containing only one city Q.
|Ostan (province)||Shahrestan (county)||District||City / RA*||Villages|
|P||A||Central||City M (c)|
|RA T||V1, V2, V3, V4|
|RA U||V5, V6|
|Y||RA V||V7, V8, V9|
The counties are listed below, by province, with the capital and the county containing the capital of the provinces in bold:
|Province||No. of Counties||Name||Capital||Map|
|Bileh Savar||Bileh Savar|
|Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari||9||Ardal||Ardal|
|Ajab Shir||Ajab Shir|
|Abadeh Tashk||Abadeh Tashk|
|Qir and Karzin||Qir|
|Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh||Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh|
|Bandar-e Anzali||Bandar-e Anzali|
|Sowme'eh Sara||Sowme'eh Sara|
|Bandar-e Gaz||Bandar-e Gaz|
|Gonbad-e Kavus||Gonbad-e Kavus|
|Maraveh Tappeh||Maraveh Tappeh|
|Qorveh-e Darjazin||Qorveh-e Darjazin|
|Bandar Abbas||Bandar Abbas|
|Bandar Lengeh||Bandar Lengeh|
|Darreh Shahr||Darreh Shahr|
|Isfahan||24||Aran va Bidgol||Aran o Bidgol|
|Buin va Miandasht||Buin va Miandasht|
|Khomeyni Shahr||Khomeyni Shahr|
|Khur and Biabanak||Khur|
|Shahin Shahr and Meymeh||Shahin Shahr|
|Tiran and Karvan||Tiran|
|Qaleh Ganj||Qaleh Ganj|
|Shahr-e Babak||Shahr-e Babak|
|Eslamabad-e Gharb||Eslamabad-e Gharb|
|Gilan-e Gharb||Gilan-e Gharb|
|Qasr-e Shirin||Qasr-e Shirin|
|Sarpol-e Zahab||Sarpol-e Zahab|
|Bagh-e Malek||Bagh-e Malek|
|Masjed Soleyman||Masjed Soleyman|
|Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad||9||Bahmai||Likak|
|Pol-e Dokhtar||Pol-e Dokhtar|
|Qaem Shahr||Qaem Shahr|
|Maneh and Samalqan||Ashkhaneh|
|Raz and Jargalan||Raz|
|Buin Zahra||Buin Zahra|
|Torbat-e Heydarieh||Torbat-e Heydarieh|
|Torbat-e Jam||Torbat-e Jam|
|Torqabeh and Shandiz||Torqabeh|
|Sistan and Baluchistan||21||Bampur||Bampur|
|Nik Shahr||Nik Shahr|
|Qasr-e Qand||Qasr-e Qand|
|Sib and Suran||Suran|
|Robat Karim||Robat Karim|
|Chaypareh||Qarah Zia od Din|
|Shahin Dezh||Shahin Dezh|
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Firuzkuh County is a county (shahrestan) in Tehran Province of Iran. It has an area of 2,386 km2. The administrative centre of the county is the city of Firuzkuh. At the 2011 census, the county's population was 38,712, but the provisional results of the 2016 census showed a decline to 33,558. The county is subdivided into two districts: the Central District and Arjomand District. The county has two cities: Firuzkuh and Arjomand.
Rudbar County is a county in Gilan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Rudbar. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 101,884, in 27,902 families. The county is subdivided into four districts: the Central District, Rahmatabad and Blukat District, Amarlu District, and Khorgam District. The county has seven cities: Rudbar, Barehsar, Jirandeh, Lowshan, Manjil, Rostamabad, and Tutkabon.
Kaleybar County is a county in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Kaleybar. In addition to the capital city, the county is noted for the Arasbaran forests protected area and the Bazz Galasi, the fortress of Babak Khorramdin.
Urmia County is a county in West Azerbaijan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Urmia city. At the 2016 census, the county's population was 1,040,565, in 304,306 households. The county has five cities: Urmia, Qushchi, Silvaneh, Serow, and Nushin.
Mahabad County is a county in West Azerbaijan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Mahabad. Because of its strategic position and its proximity with the border the city is a stop for many travelers. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 197,441, in 42,493 families. The county is subdivided into two districts: the Central District and Khalifan District. The county has one city: Mahabad.
Marivan County is a county in Kordestan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Marivan. The county is subdivided into three districts: the Central District, Khav and Mirabad District, and Sarshiv District. The county has three cities: Marivan, Chenareh, Bardeh Rasheh and Kani Dinar. Marivan County is bordered by Saqqez County to the north, Sanandaj County to the east and southeast, Paveh County to the south, and Iraq to the west and northwest.
Bastak County is a county in Hormozgan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Bastak. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 65,716, in 13,563 families. The county is divided into three districts: the Central District, Jenah District, and Kukherd District. The county has three cities: Bastak, Janah, and Kukherd.
Shahr-e Babak County is a county in Kerman Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Shahr-e Babak. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 100,192 in 22,973 families. The county is subdivided into two districts (bakhsh): the Central District and Dehaj District. The county has five cities: Shahr-e Babak, Khorsand, Khatunabad, Dehaj, and Jowzam.
Golpayegan County is a county in Isfahan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Golpayegan. As of the 2016 census, the county's population was 90,086, in 30,419 households. The county has one district: the Central District. The county has three cities: Golpayegan, Guged, and Golshahr.
Damghan County is a county (shahrestan) in Semnan Province, Iran. The capital of the county is Damghan. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 81,993, in 23,020 families.
Amol County is a county in Mazandaran Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Amol. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 343,747, in 93,194 families. The county is subdivided into three districts: the Central District, Larijan District, and Dabudasht District. The county has five cities: Amol, Rineh, Gazanak, Dabudasht and Amamzadeh Abdallah.
Babol County is a county in Mazandaran Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Babol. At the 2012 census, the county's population was 495,472, in 149,363 families. The county is subdivided into Seven districts: the Central District, Bandpey-ye Gharbi District, Bandpey-ye Sharqi District, Lalehabad District, Gatab District, Babol Kenar District and Amirkola District. The county has seven cities: Babol, Amirkola, Galugah, Gatab, Khush Rudpey, Marzikola and Zargarmahalleh.
Kalat County is a shahrestan (county) in Razavi Khorasan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Kalat. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 39,560, in 9,489 families. The County has two districts: Central District and Zavin District. The County has two cities: Kalat and Shahr-e Zow.
Nehbandan County or Nahbandan County is a county in South Khorasan Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Nehbandan. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 56,089, in 13,541 families. The county has two districts: Shusef District and Central District. The county has two cities: Shusef and Nehbandan. The majority of people are Persians speaking a Farsi dialect called Nehi, and there are minorities like Balochs.
The first level of country subdivisions of Iran are the provinces.
Poldasht county is a county (Shahrestan) in West Azerbaijan Province in north-western Iran. Its capital is the city of Poldasht. At the 2006 census, the county's population was 38,586, in 8,758 families. The county is subdivided into two districts: the Central District and Aras District. The county has one city: Poldasht.
Asaluyeh County is a county in Bushehr Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Asaluyeh. At the 2011 census, the county's population was 65,584, in 1,364 families. The county is subdivided into two districts: the Central District and Chah-e Mobarak District. The county has two cities: Asaluyeh and Nakhl Taqi. The county's establishment was officially announced on 12 December 2012.