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Papum Pare district
Dikrong river near Itanagar
Papum Pare district
Location in Arunachal Pradesh
Country India
StateArunachal Pradesh
 • Total2,875 km2 (1,110 sq mi)
 • Total176,573
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Literacy82.1%
 • Sex ratio950
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)

Papum Pare district (Pron:/ˌpæpəm ˈpæɹɪ or ˈpɑ:ɹeɪ/) is an administrative district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. As of 2011, it is the most populous district of Arunachal Pradesh (out of 20).


The district was formed in 1999 when it was split from Lower Subansiri district.[1]


The district headquarters are located at Yupia. Papum Pare district occupies an area of 2,875 square kilometres (1,110 sq mi).[2] The capital of the state is Itanagar.


The district is divided into three subdivisions: Itanagar capital complex, Yupia, and Sagalee. The district is further divided into 15 administrative circles, namely, Balijan, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Doimukh, Toru, Sagalee, Leporiang, Mengio, Kimin, Banderdewa, Tarasso, Kakoi, Gumto, Parang, and Sangdupota.[3]

There are 3 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies located in this district: Itanagar, Doimukh and Sagalee. All of these are part of Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.[4]

Itanagar capital complex

Itanagar capital complex is administered by its own Deputy Commissioner,[3] and contains the three circles of Itanagar, Naharlagun, and Banderdewa.[5] In January 2013 the Arunachal Pradesh government approved in principle the creation of a "Capital district".[6] The capital complex is currently treated as its own district by some government departments, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises for example,[7] and the Arunachal Pradesh State portal in particular.[8]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

Religion in Papum Pare District (2011)[10]

  Christianity (47.8%)
  Hinduism (32.3%)
  Donyi-Polo (12.79%)
  Islam (3.48%)
  Buddhism (2.7%)
  Sikhism (0.18%)
  Jainism (0.08%)
  Not Stated (0.68%)

According to the 2011 census Papum Pare district has a population of 176,573,[citation needed] roughly equal to the nation of São Tomé and Príncipe.[11] This gives it a ranking of 594th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 51 inhabitants per square kilometre (130/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 44.57%. Papumpare has a sex ratio of 950 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 82.14%.

Papum Pare is inhabited by members of the Nyishi, who are traditionally followers of Donyi-Polo. Some members of the Nyishi tribe are followers of Christianity.[12]


Christianity is the largest religion in the district, followed by over 47% of people. Hinduism is the second-largest religion in the district with over 32.3% adherents. Other religions such as Donyi-Polo, Islam and Sikhism are followed by 3.48% and 0.18% people respectively.[10]

Flora and fauna

In 1978 Papum Pare district became home to the Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, which has an area of 140 km2 (54.1 sq mi).[13]


  1. ^ Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Arunachal Pradesh: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. p. 1113. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7. ((cite book)): |last1= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ a b "District Census Handbook, Papum Pare" (PDF). Government of India. 16 June 2014. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Assembly Constituencies allocation w.r.t District and Parliamentary Constituencies". Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh website. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Itanagar Capital Complex". District Administration Itanagar Capital Complex.
  6. ^ "Arunachal to get four new districts". The Times of India. 16 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ "State Profile of Arunachal Pradesh" (PDF). Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India. 2014. pp. 12–15.
  8. ^ "Districts". Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
  9. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  10. ^ a b "2011 Papum Pare district Religion Census". Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  11. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison: Population". Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 1 October 2011. Sao Tome and Principe 179,506 July 2011 est.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Indian Ministry of Forests and Environment. "Protected areas: Arunachal Pradesh". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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