Dimapur District
stone pillars in a grass field under blue sky
Dimapur District in Nagaland
Dimapur District in Nagaland
Coordinates: 25°48′N 93°47′E / 25.800°N 93.783°E / 25.800; 93.783Coordinates: 25°48′N 93°47′E / 25.800°N 93.783°E / 25.800; 93.783
Country India
State Nagaland
 • Deputy CommissionerRajesh Soundararajan, IAS
 • Total70 km2 (30 sq mi)
260 m (850 ft)
 • Total170,000
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
797112, 797113, 797116
ISO 3166 codeIN-NL-DI
Major highways AH1, AH2,
NH 29, NH 129, NH 129A

Dimapur District (Pron:/ˌdɪməˈpʊə/) is a district of Nagaland state in India. With an area of about 70 km2 (27 sq mi), it is the smallest district in the state of Nagaland.[1]


Assam lease Dimapur to Nagaland

In 1918, Dimapur was leased to then Naga Hills district (Now Nagaland) by then erstwhile Assam Province of British of India for 30 years for construction of Railways lines (unclear from which district). In 1963, It was again leased to now state of Nagaland for 99 years. Though, there is refute of this claim, as both state government has not come forward to comment on the matter.

On 18th of December, 2021 two new districts were craved out of Dimapur namely Niuland District and Chümoukedima District which became the 14th and 15th district of Nagaland respectively.


According to the 2011 census Dimapur district has a population of 378,811,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Maldives.[2] This gives it a ranking of 563rd in India (out of a total of 640).[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 0%.[1] Dimapur has a sex ratio of 916 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 85.44%.[1]


Religion in Dimapur district (2011)

  Christianity (61.84%)
  Hinduism (28.75%)
  Islam (8.24%)
  Jainism (0.57%)
  Buddhism (0.34%)
  Sikhism (0.15%)
  Other (0.04%)
  Not stated (0.08%)

According to the 2011 official census, Christianity is major religion in Dimapur district, with 234.239 Christians (61.84%), 108.900 Hindus (28.75%), 31.212 Muslims (8.24%), 2.148 Jains (0.57%), 1.270 Buddhists (0.34%), 567 Sikhs (0.15%), 157 did others (0.04%) and 319 did not stated (0.08%).[3]


The district has ample number of institutions devoted for providing quality education to the residents. Most schools have English as their medium of instruction and are affiliated to the Nagaland Board of School Education.


Dimapur is also home to Dimapur United a soccer club which plays in Nagaland Premier League. Most schools in Dimapur held friendly football matches and tournaments. Apart from football, many other games are also played in the district. Cricket, Badminton, Wrestling and Angling are other sports played in Dimapur.

Esports is also becoming popular and various tournaments are being held. Dota 2 and CSGO are some of the popular online games played in Dimapur. Currently, mobile gaming is quite popular among the youths since most people are not capable of affording desktop or gaming consoles.


  1. ^ a b c d e f https://censusindia.gov.in/2011census/dchb/DCHB_A/13/1305_PART_A_DCHB_DIMAPUR.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Maldives 394,999 July 2011 est.
  3. ^ "Dimapur Population 2022". www.indiacensus.net. Retrieved 9 July 2022.