Counties of Iran
شهرستانهای ایران (in Persian)
  • Also known as:
  • šahrestân
    شهرستان
Found inProvinces of Iran
Number443
Subdivisions

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 (شهر šahr) and rural agglomerations (دهستان dehestân), 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.

Guide

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)
City N
RA T V1, V2, V3, V4
X City O
RA U V5, V6
Y RA V V7, V8, V9
B Central City Q

The counties are listed below, by province, with the capital and the county containing the capital of the provinces in bold:

List

Province No. of Counties Name Capital Map
Alborz 6 Eshtehard Eshtehard
Fardis Fardis
Karaj Karaj
Nazarabad Nazarabad
Savojbolagh Hashtgerd
Taleqan Taleqan
Ardabil 10 Ardabil Ardabil
Bileh Savar Bileh Savar
Germi Germi
Khalkhal Khalkhal
Kowsar Kivi
Meshgin Shahr Meshginshahr
Namin Namin
Nir Nir
Parsabad Parsabad
Sareyn Sareyn
Bushehr 10 Asaluyeh Asaluyeh
Bushehr Bushehr
Dashtestan Borazjan
Dashti Khormuj
Deyr Bandar-e Deyr
Deylam Bandar Deylam
Ganaveh Bandar Ganaveh
Jam Jam
Kangan Bandar Kangan
Tangestan Ahram
Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 9 Ardal Ardal
Ben Ben
Borujen Borujen
Farsan Farsan
Kiar Shalamzar
Kuhrang Chelgerd
Lordegan Lordegan
Saman Saman
Shahrekord Shahr-e Kord
East Azerbaijan 21 Ahar Ahar
Ajab Shir Ajab Shir
Azarshahr Azarshahr
Bonab Bonab
Bostanabad Bostanabad
Charuymaq Qarah Aghaj
Hashtrud Hashtrud
Heris Heris
Hurand Hurand
Jolfa Jolfa
Kaleybar Kaleybar
Khoda Afarin Khomarlu
Malekan Malekan
Maragheh Maragheh
Marand Marand
Mianeh Mianeh
Osku Osku
Sarab Sarab
Shabestar Shabestar
Tabriz Tabriz
Varzaqan Varzaqan
Fars 36 Abadeh Abadeh
Abadeh Tashk Abadeh Tashk
Arsanjan Arsanjan
Bavanat Surian
Beyza Beyza
Chenar Shahijan Qaemiyeh
Darab Darab
Eqlid Eqlid
Estahban Estahban
Evaz Evaz
Farashband Farashband
Fasa Fasa
Firuzabad Firuzabad
Gerash Gerash
Jahrom Jahrom
Kavar Kavar
Kazerun Kazerun
Khafr Bab Anar
Kharameh Kharameh
Khonj Khonj
Khorrambid Safashahr
Lamerd Lamerd
Larestan Lar
Mamasani Nurabad
Marvdasht Marvdasht
Mohr Mohr
Neyriz Neyriz
Pasargad Saadat Shahr
Qir and Karzin Qir
Rostam Masiri
Sarchehan Korehi
Sarvestan Sarvestan
Sepidan Ardakan
Shiraz Shiraz
Zarqan Zarqan
Zarrin Dasht Hajjiabad
Gilan 16 Amlash Amlash
Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh
Astara Astara
Bandar-e Anzali Bandar-e Anzali
Fuman Fuman
Lahijan Lahijan
Langarud Langarud
Masal Masal
Rasht Rasht
Rezvanshahr Rezvanshahr
Rudbar Rudbar
Rudsar Rudsar
Shaft Shaft
Siahkal Siahkal
Sowme'eh Sara Sowme'eh Sara
Talesh Hashtpar
Golestan 14 Aliabad Aliabad-e Katul
Aqqala Aqqala
Azadshahr Azadshahr
Bandar-e Gaz Bandar-e Gaz
Galikash Galikash
Gomishan Gomishan
Gonbad-e Kavus Gonbad-e Kavus
Gorgan Gorgan
Kalaleh Kalaleh
Kordkuy Kordkuy
Maraveh Tappeh Maraveh Tappeh
Minudasht Minudasht
Ramian Ramian
Torkaman Bandar Torkaman
Hamadan 10 Asadabad Asadabad
Bahar Bahar
Famenin Famenin
Hamadan Hamadan
Kabudarahang Kabudarahang
Malayer Malayer
Nahavand Nahavand
Qorveh-e Darjazin Qorveh-e Darjazin
Razan Razan
Tuyserkan Tuyserkan
Hormozgan 12 Abumusa Abu Musa
Bandar Abbas Bandar Abbas
Bandar Lengeh Bandar Lengeh
Bashagard Sardasht
Bastak Bastak
Hajjiabad Hajjiabad
Jask Jask
Khamir Banda Khamir
Minab Minab
Parsian Parsian
Qeshm Qeshm
Rudan Rudan
Ilam 11 Abdanan Abdanan
Badreh Badreh
Chardavol Sarableh
Darreh Shahr Darreh Shahr
Dehloran Dehloran
Eyvan Eyvan
Holeylan Towhid
Ilam Ilam
Malekshahi Arkavaz
Mehran Mehran
Sirvan Lumar
Isfahan 24 Aran va Bidgol Aran o Bidgol
Ardestan Ardestan
Borkhar Dowlatabad
Buin va Miandasht Buin va Miandasht
Chadegan Chadegan
Dehaqan Dehaqan
Falavarjan Falavarjan
Faridan Daran
Fereydunshahr Fereydunshahr
Golpayegan Golpayegan
Isfahan Isfahan
Kashan Kashan
Khansar Khansar
Khomeyni Shahr Khomeyni Shahr
Khur and Biabanak Khur
Lenjan Zarrin Shahr
Mobarakeh Mobarakeh
Nain Nain
Najafabad Najafabad
Natanz Natanz
Semirom Semirom
Shahreza Shahreza
Shahin Shahr and Meymeh Shahin Shahr
Tiran and Karvan Tiran
Kerman 23 Anar Anar
Anbarabad Anbarabad
Arzuiyeh Arzuiyeh
Baft Baft
Bam Bam
Bardsir Bardsir
Fahraj Fahraj
Faryab Faryab
Jiroft Jiroft
Kahnuj Kahnuj
Kerman Kerman
Kuhbanan Kuhbanan
Manujan Manujan
Narmashir Narmashir
Qaleh Ganj Qaleh Ganj
Rabor Rabor
Rafsanjan Rafsanjan
Ravar Ravar
Rigan Mohammadabad
Rudbar-e Jonubi Rudbar
Shahr-e Babak Shahr-e Babak
Sirjan Sirjan
Zarand Zarand
Kermanshah 14 Dalahu Kerend-e Gharb
Eslamabad-e Gharb Eslamabad-e Gharb
Gilan-e Gharb Gilan-e Gharb
Harsin Harsin
Javanrud Javanrud
Kangavar Kangavar
Kermanshah Kermanshah
Paveh Paveh
Qasr-e Shirin Qasr-e Shirin
Ravansar Ravansar
Sahneh Sahneh
Salas-e Babajani Tazehabad
Sarpol-e Zahab Sarpol-e Zahab
Sonqor Sonqor
Khuzestan 26 Abadan Abadan
Aghajri Aghajri
Ahvaz Ahvaz
Andika Qaleh-ye Khvajeh
Andimeshk Andimeshk
Bagh-e Malek Bagh-e Malek
Bavi Mollasani
Behbahan Behbahan
Dasht-e Azadegan Susangerd
Dezful Dezful
Gotvand Gotvand
Haftkel Haftkel
Hendijan Hendijan
Hoveyzeh Hoveyzeh
Izeh Izeh
Karun Kut-e Abdollah
Khorramshahr Khorramshahr
Lali Lali
Mahshahr Bandar-e Mahshahr
Masjed Soleyman Masjed Soleyman
Omidiyeh Omidiyeh
Ramhormoz Ramhormoz
Ramshir Ramshir
Shadegan Shadegan
Shush Shush
Shushtar Shushtar
Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 9 Bahmai Likak
Basht Basht
Boyer-Ahmad Yasuj
Charam Charam
Dana Sisakht
Gachsaran Dogonbadan
Kohgiluyeh Dehdasht
Landeh Landeh
Margown Margown
Kurdistan 10 Baneh Baneh
Bijar Bijar
Dehgolan Dehgolan
Divandarreh Divandarreh
Kamyaran Kamyaran
Marivan Marivan
Qorveh Qorveh
Sanandaj Sanandaj
Saqqez Saqqez
Sarvabad Sarvabad
Lorestan 10 Aligudarz Aligudarz
Azna Azna
Borujerd Borujerd
Delfan Nurabad
Dorud Dorud
Dowreh Sarab-e Dowreh
Khorramabad Khorramabad
Kuhdasht Kuhdasht
Pol-e Dokhtar Pol-e Dokhtar
Selseleh Chaqabol
Markazi 12 Arak Arak
Ashtian Ashtian
Delijan Delijan
Farahan Farmahin
Khomeyn Khomeyn
Khondab Khondab
Komijan Komijan
Mahallat Mahallat
Saveh Saveh
Shazand Shazand
Tafresh Tafresh
Zarandieh Mamuniyeh
Mazandaran 22 Abbasabad Abbasabad
Amol Amol
Babol Babol
Babolsar Babolsar
Behshahr Behshahr
Chalus Chalus
Fereydunkenar Fereydunkenar
Galugah Galugah
Juybar Juybar
Kelardasht Kelardasht
Mahmudabad Mahmudabad
Miandorud Surak
Neka Neka
North Savadkuh Shirgah
Nowshahr Nowshahr
Nur Nur
Qaem Shahr Qaem Shahr
Ramsar Ramsar
Sari Sari
Savadkuh Pol-e Sefid
Simorgh Kiakola
Tonekabon Tonekabon
North Khorasan 8 Bojnord Bojnord
Esfarayen Esfarayen
Faruj Faruj
Garmeh Garmeh
Jajarm Jajarm
Maneh and Samalqan Ashkhaneh
Raz and Jargalan Raz
Shirvan Shirvan
Qazvin 6 Abyek Abyek
Alborz Alvand
Avaj Avaj
Buin Zahra Buin Zahra
Qazvin Qazvin
Takestan Takestan
Qom 1 Qom Qom
Razavi

Khorasan

32 Bajestan Bajestan
Bakharz Bakharz
Bardaskan Bardaskan
Chenaran Chenaran
Dargaz Dargaz
Davarzan Davarzan
Fariman Fariman
Firuzeh Firuzeh
Gonabad Gonabad
Joghatai Joghatai
Joveyn Neqab
Kalat Kalat
Kashmar Kashmar
Khaf Khaf
Khalilabad Khalilabad
Khoshab Soltanabad
Kuhsorkh Rivash
Mahvelat Feyzabad
Mashhad Mashhad
Nishapur Nishapur
Quchan Quchan
Roshtkhar Roshtkhar
Sabzevar Sabzevar
Salehabad Salehabad
Sarakhs Sarakhs
Sheshtamad Sheshtomad
Taybad Taybad
Torbat-e Heydarieh Torbat-e Heydarieh
Torbat-e Jam Torbat-e Jam
Torqabeh and Shandiz Torqabeh
Zaveh Dowlatabad
Zeberkhan Qadamgah
Semnan 8 Aradan Aradan
Damghan Damghan
Garmsar Garmsar
Mehdishahr Mehdishahr
Meyami Meyami
Semnan Semnan
Shahrud Shahrud
Sorkheh Sorkheh
Sistan and Baluchistan 21 Bampur Bampur
Chabahar Chabahar
Dalgan Galmurti
Dashtiari Negur
Fanuj Fanuj
Hamun Mohammadabad
Hirmand Dust Mohammad
Iranshahr Iranshahr
Khash Khash
Konarak Konarak
Mehrestan Zaboli
Mirjaveh Mirjaveh
Nik Shahr Nik Shahr
Nimruz Adimi
Qasr-e Qand Qasr-e Qand
Saravan Saravan
Sarbaz Rask
Sib and Suran Suran
Zabol Zabol
Zahedan Zahedan
Zehak Zehak
South Khorasan 11 Birjand Birjand
Boshruyeh Boshruyeh
Darmian Asadiyeh
Ferdows Ferdows
Khusf Khusf
Nehbandan Nehbandan
Qaen Qaen
Sarayan Sarayan
Sarbisheh Sarbisheh
Tabas Tabas
Zirkuh Hajjiabad
Tehran 16 Baharestan Nasimshahr
Damavand Damavand
Eslamshahr Eslamshahr
Firuzkuh Firuzkuh
Malard Malard
Pakdasht Pakdasht
Pardis Pardis
Pishva Pishva
Qarchak Qarchak
Qods Qods
Ray Ray[1]
Robat Karim Robat Karim
Shahriar Shahriar
Shemiranat Shemiran[2]
Tehran Tehran
Varamin Varamin
West Azerbaijan 17 Bukan Bukan
Chaldoran Siah Cheshmeh
Chaypareh Qarah Zia od Din
Khoy Khoy
Mahabad Mahabad
Maku Maku
Miandoab Miandoab
Naqadeh Naqadeh
Oshnavieh Oshnavieh
Piranshahr Piranshahr
Poldasht Poldasht
Salmas Salmas
Sardasht Sardasht
Shahin Dezh Shahin Dezh
Showt Showt
Takab Takab
Urmia Urmia
Yazd 10 Abarkuh Abarkuh
Ardakan Ardakan
Ashkezar Ashkezar
Bafq Bafq
Behabad Behabad
Khatam Herat
Mehriz Mehriz
Meybod Meybod
Taft Taft
Yazd Yazd
Zanjan 8 Abhar Abhar
Ijrud Zarrinabad
Khodabandeh Qeydar
Khorramdarreh Khorramdarreh
Mahneshan Mah Neshan
Soltaniyeh Soltaniyeh
Tarom Ab Bar
Zanjan Zanjan

See also

References

  1. ^ The capital, Ray, is part of the city of Tehran.
  2. ^ Semiran and Tajrish are part of Tehran.