Gampaha District

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Gampaha District

ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික්කය
கம்பஹா மாவட்டம்
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Gampaha district.svg
Location within Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 07°08′N80°00′E / 7.133°N 80.000°E / 7.133; 80.000 Coordinates: 07°08′N80°00′E / 7.133°N 80.000°E / 7.133; 80.000
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western
CreatedSeptember 1978
Capital Gampaha
DS Division
Government
   District Secretary Sunil Jayalath
Area
[1]
  Total1,387 km2 (536 sq mi)
  Land1,341 km2 (518 sq mi)
  Water46 km2 (18 sq mi)  3.32%
Area rank21st (2.11% of total area)
Population
 (2012 census) [2]
  Total2,294,641
  Rank2nd (11.32% of total pop.)
  Density1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Ethnicity
(2012 census) [2]
   Sinhalese 2,079,115 (90.61%)
   Sri Lankan Moors 95,501 (4.16%)
   Sri Lankan Tamil 80,071 (3.49%)
   Malays 11,658 (0.51%)
  Other28,296 (1.23%)
Religion
(2012 census) [3]
   Buddhist 1,640,166 (71.48%)
   Christian 486,173 (21.19%)
   Muslim 114,851 (5.01%)
   Hindu 52,221 (2.28%)
  Other1,230 (0.05%)
Time zone UTC+05:30 (Sri Lanka)
Post Codes
11000-11999
Telephone Codes 011, 031, 033
ISO 3166 code LK-12
Vehicle registration WP
Official Languages Sinhala, Tamil
Website Gampaha District Secretariat

Gampaha District (Sinhala : ගම්පහ දිස්ත්‍රික්කයgampaha distrikkaya, Tamil : கம்பஹா மாவட்டம்Kampahā Māvaṭṭam) is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. It is the second most populous district of Sri Lanka after Colombo District. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary (previously known as a Government Agent) appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the town of Gampaha. Negombo however is the largest city and the commercial hub of Gampaha district. The district was carved out of the northern part of Colombo District in September 1978. [4]

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Geography

Gampaha District is located in the west of Sri Lanka and has an area of 1,387 square kilometres (536 sq mi). [1] It is bounded by Kurunegala and Puttalam districts from north, Kegalle District from east, Colombo District from south and by the Indian Ocean from west. [4] The borders of the district are the Ma Oya on the north, Kelani River on the south and 1,000 ft contour line on the east.

Administrative units

Gampaha District is divided into 13 Divisional Secretary's Division (DS Divisions), each headed by a Divisional Secretary (previously known as an Assistant Government Agent). [5] The DS Divisions are further sub-divided into 1,177 Grama Niladhari Divisions (GN Divisions). [5]

DS Division Main TownDivisional Secretary GN
Divisions
[5]
Area
(km2)
[6]
Population (2012 Census) [7] Population
Density
(/km2)
Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan
Tamil
Malays OtherTotal
Attanagalla Attanagalla D. M. Rathnayake151149154,96921,389927657874178,8161,200
Biyagama Biyagama T. D. S. P. Perera4959171,45412,1331,622677976186,8623,167
Divulapitiya DivulapitiyaH. M. L. S. Herath123202142,420801,00334334143,871712
Dompe DompeH. G. J. P. Wijesiriwardhna133176150,0162,28244352344153,137870
Gampaha Gampaha C. P. W. Gunathilaka10196194,292359942119733196,4452,046
Ja-Ela Ja-Ela Nimali De Silva5760186,2019627,7781,2324,981201,1543,353
Katana KatanaK. G. H. H. R. Kiriella79116214,2073,3619,8781,0205,388233,8542,016
Kelaniya Kelaniya W. H. V. Pushpamala3720113,1338,5887,8342,6742,464134,6936,735
Mahara Mahara Thamara D. Perera9294194,6375,4882,3263,5481,231207,2302,205
Minuwangoda Minuwangoda C. P. W. Gunathilake121128171,2545,633827243444178,4011,394
Mirigama Mirigama Y. I. M. Silva149183155,4695,592885992,121164,166897
Negombo Negombo A. K. R. Alawaththa3950107,15519,36412,5902782,289141,6762,834
Wattala Wattala Chandima Dissanayake4654123,90810,27033,0161,0256,117174,3363,228
Total1,1771,3872,079,11595,50180,07111,65828,2962,294,6411,654

Demographics

Population

Gampaha District's population was 2,294,641 in 2012. [2] The majority of the population are Sinhalese, with a minority Sri Lankan Moor and Sri Lankan Tamil population.

Ethnicity

Population of Gampaha District by ethnic group 1981 to 2012 [2] [8]
Year Sinhalese Sri Lankan Moors Sri Lankan Tamil Malays OtherTotal
No.
No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%
1981 Census1,279,51291.99%37,8262.72%48,1823.46%8,6750.62%16,6671.20%1,390,862
2001 Census1,877,54590.98%78,7053.81%65,3023.16%13,6830.66%28,4491.38%2,063,684
2012 Census2,079,11590.61%95,5014.16%80,0713.49%11,6580.51%28,2961.23%2,294,641

Religion

Population of Gampaha District by religion 1981 to 2012 [3] [9]
Year Buddhist Christian [lower-alpha 1] Muslim Hindu OtherTotal
No.
No.%No.%No.%No.%No.%
1981 Census989,21271.12%325,91523.43%48,1173.46%26,7501.92%8680.06%1,390,862
2001 Census1,479,95571.71%446,64721.64%93,4964.53%42,3562.05%1,2300.06%2,063,684
2012 Census1,640,16671.48%486,17321.19%114,8515.01%52,2212.28%1,2300.05%2,294,641

Notes

  1. Roman Catholic and Other Christian.

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