Samba district

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Samba district
Location of Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir
Location of Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates: 32°33′N 75°07′E / 32.550°N 75.117°E / 32.550; 75.117Coordinates: 32°33′N 75°07′E / 32.550°N 75.117°E / 32.550; 75.117
Union TerritoryJammu and Kashmir
DivisionJammu Division
HeadquartersSamba, Jammu and Kashmir
 • Total1,002 km2 (387 sq mi)
 • Total318,898
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Literacy81.41%
 • Sex ratio886
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationJK-21

Samba District is a district in the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir formed in 2006.[1] Before its formation, this area was part of Jammu district and Kathua district.


The district covers Samba town and adjoining tehsils: Vijaypur and village Supwal and Garhwal tehsil of Kathua. The district is separated from the Jammu district by "Purmandal Bridge". Samba is situated on the bank of Basantar River.

Samba district consists of four blocks: Samba, Vijay Pur, Purmandal, and Ghagwal.[2] Each block consists of GREF panchayats. The biggest village in Rajpura.

Samba district in J & K


Historically Samba consisted of 22 towns (also known as Mandi), each headed by a separate family. Prior to 1947, Samba was a tehsil.[3]


Samba District has two assembly constituencies: Samba and Vijaypur.[4] Both are part of Jammu (Lok Sabha constituency).[5]


According to the 2011 census, Samba District had a population of 318,898,[citation needed] roughly equal to The Bahamas.[6] It is the 568th largest in India (of 640). The district has a population density of 318 inhabitants per square kilometre (820/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade of 2001 to 2011 was 16.9%. Samba has a sex ratio of 886 females for every 1,000 males, and a literacy rate of 81.4%.[citation needed]


Religion in the Samba district (2011)[7]

  Hinduism (86.33%)
  Islam (7.2%)
  Sikhism (5.63%)
  Christianity (0.72%)
  Not stated (0.09%)
  Buddhism (0.02%)
  Jainism (0.01%)

Samba district has an overwhelming Hindu majority, spread among Muslims, Sikhs, and others are the minority in the Samba district.


  1. ^ "History". Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ Statement showing the number of blocks in respect of 22 Districts of Jammu and Kashmir State including newly Created Districts Archived 10 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine dated 2008-03-13, accessed 2008-08-30
  3. ^ Snedden, Christopher (2015), Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris, Oxford University Press, p. xxi, ISBN 978-1-84904-342-7
  4. ^ "ERO's and AERO's". Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir". Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  6. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Bahamas, The 313,312
  7. ^ "C-1 Population By Religious Community". Census. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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