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Map of Centrally governed cities in Vietnam

On the first tier, Vietnam is divided into 58 provinces (Vietnamese: tỉnh) and 5 municipalities (Vietnamese: thành phố trực thuộc trung ương). Municipalities are the highest-ranked cities in Vietnam.[1] Municipalities are centrally-controlled cities and have special status equal to the province.

The municipalities are divided into urban districts (quận), municipal cities (thành phố thuộc thành phố trực thuộc trung ương), towns (thị xã) and rural districts (huyện) as the second-tier units. At the third tier, urban districts are divided into wards (phường), towns are divided into wards (phường) and communes (), while rural districts are divided into townships (thị trấn) and communes ().

Current municipalities

Municipalities of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Municipality Vietnamese name Class Region Established Population
(2019 census)
Population density Area
Hanoi Hà Nội Special Red River Delta 1945 8,053,663 2,300 3,344.7 List
Ho Chi Minh City Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh Special Southeast 1955 8,993,082 4,100 2,095 List
Cần Thơ Cần Thơ I Mekong Delta 2003 1,235,171 890 1,389.6 List
Da Nang Đà Nẵng I South Central Coast 1997 1,134,310 1,200 1,256 List
Haiphong Hải Phòng I Red River Delta 1955 2,028,514 1,500 1,507.57 List

Future municipalities

See also


  1. ^ ISO 3166-2:VN
  2. ^ Nguyễn, Thuấn (2023-03-03). "Tỉnh Thừa Thiên Huế sẽ mang tên gì khi là thành phố trực thuộc Trung ương?". Nhịp sống kinh tế Việt Nam & Thế giới (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  3. ^ Bùi, Toàn. "Khánh Hòa được định hướng là thành phố trực thuộc Trung ương". VnExpress (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  4. ^ "Bắc Ninh strives to become a centrally run city -". 26 December 2023. Retrieved 18 April 2024.