Chaharmahal Bakhtiari Province
Chaharmahal Bakhtiari, covering 10,273.12 square miles (1,653,300 hectares), makes 1% of the total country area. This province is bounded on the north by Isfahan, on the west by Khuzestan, on the northwest by Lorestan, on the south and southwest by Kohgiluyeh & Boyerahmad. Based on the latest administrative division, this province is composed of 7 municipalities, 17 counties, 26 townships, 39 villages and 925 countries. Considering the population distribution of this province, 51% of the population (418,564 people) resides in the urban areas and 48.6% of the population (419,020 people) in the rural areas. The highest population density belongs to Shahrekord with 5.44% of the population, and the lowest population density belongs to Koohrang with 3.3% of the population.
About 33% of the employed population is involved in the agriculture sector. Cattle raising is the most effective subsector of agriculture in this province. More than four million livestock units exist in this province. In 2009, the per capita production of milk in the province and the country was 68.42 and 34.34 gallons, respectively―which is twice as much as the average production of the country. In the same year, the per capita production of red meat in the province and the country was 72.31 and 27.77 pounds, respectively―which is 2.6 times as much as the average production of the country. Comparing the statistics for the province and the country indicates the relative superiority and high capability of this province in both agriculture and cattle raising sectors.