Semnan Province

Semnan Province (Persian: استان سمنان, Ôstâň-e Śemnân ) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the north of the country, and its center is Semnan. The province of Semnan covers an area of 96,816 square kilometers and stretches along the Alborz mountain range and borders to Dasht-e Kavir desert in its southern parts.

Semnan Province
استان سمنان
The entrance of Bayazid Shrine
Semnan counties
Location of Semnan Province in Iran
Coordinates: 35.5769°N 53.3953°E / 35.5769; 53.3953
CountryIran
RegionRegion 1[1]
CapitalSemnan
Counties8
Government
  Governor-generalAlireza Ashnagar
Area
  Total97,491 km2 (37,641 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[2]
  Total631,218
  Density6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+03:30 (IRST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+04:30 (IRST)
Main language(s)Semnani languages, Persian
HDI (2017)0.822[3]
very high · 6th

The province was made part of Region 1 following the division of the provinces into 5 regions, solely for coordination and development purposes, on June 22, 2014.[1]

Counties of the province include Semnan County, Aradan County, Damghan County, Shahrud County, Mehdishahr County, Meyami County, Sorkheh County& Garmsar County. In 1996, the province had a population of about 501,000 (631,218 in 2011[2]), and in 2005 the city of Semnan (the capital of the province) had a population of 119,778, while the city of Shahrud, which is actually the largest city of this province, had a population of 231,831.