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Hamirpur district
हमीरपुर जिला
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Location of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh
State Himachal Pradesh,  India
Headquarters Hamirpur
Area 1,118 km2 (432 sq mi)
Population 3,69,128 (2001)
Population density 330.17 /km2 (855.1/sq mi)
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Hamirpur district (Hindi: हमीरपुर जिला) is one of the 12 districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The headquarters of the district is in the Hamirpur town. The district occupies an area of 1,118 km².

It is most educated District of Himachal and has highest density of roads amongst all districts of India

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History

Carved out from the Kangra district in 1972, the district is closely associated with the Katoch dynasty. It was the part of old Jalandhar-Trigarta empire. Panin referred to the people of this kingdom as great warriors and fighters. Even today Army is the largest employer for Hamirpuris, who form large bulks of Dogra, Granadiers, Jakrif regiments as well as paramillitary forces especially Assam Rifles. In addition to their repute for being brave and professional soldiers they are well known for the hardiness characteristic of hill people thus earning the name VeerBhumi for Hamirpur as rest of Himachal calls itself Dev Bhumi.

The Katoch dynasty predominated during the period of Raja Hamir Chand who ruled from 1700 to 1740. It was Raja Hamir Chand who built the fort at Hamirpur and the present town derived its name from this ruler.

Geography

Hamirpur District is situated between 76º18' and 76º 44' east longitudes and between 31º25' and 31º 52' north latitudes. Situated at an altitude of 785 meters, Hamirpur is the district Headquarters.

Climate

It is not a typical "Hilly & Chilly" type of climate in district Hamirpur as it is more closer to plains. During winter, the climate is cold but pleasant when woollens are required. During summer the temperature is hot and cottons are recommended.

Divisions

The district comprises 4 sub-divisions: Hamirpur, Barsar, Nadaun and Bhoranj. Hamirpur sub-division consists 2 tehsils: Hamirpur and Sujanpur. Barsar, Nadaun and Bhoranj sub-divisions comprise only one tehsil: Barsar, Nadaun and Bhoranj respectively.

There are five Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district: Bhoranj, Sujanpur, Hamirpur, Nadaun and Barsar. All of these are part of Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency.

Demography

The district has a population of 412,009 (male 195,971, female 216,038) (2001 census). Literacy rate is 83.16% (2001 census).

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