District 1 (Quận 1) is the central urban district of Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. With a total area of 7.7211 km2 (2.9811 sq mi) the district has a population of 204,899 people as of 2010. The district is divided into 10 small subsets which are called wards. District 1 is where most of the city's administrative offices, consulates, and big buildings are located. District 1 is the busiest district in the city with the highest living standards. Đồng Khởi street and Nguyễn Huệ boulevard in the district are the city's two main commercial centers. Đồng Khởi street is currently hitting its price record at $50,000 for a square meter in 2007.
District 1 and the other seven districts of Ho Chi Minh City were founded on May 27, 1959. Before 1975, the first district only had four small subsets (wards) which were Trần Quang Khải, Tự Đức, Bến Nghé, Hòa Bình (named after major historical characters) and the second district had seven different wards which were Cầu Kho, Cầu Ông Lãnh, Huyện Sĩ, Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Nguyễn Cảnh Chân, Bùi Viện, Bến Thành. In May, 1976, the first and second district combined into the District 1 we have today.
District 1 has a population of 204,899 people over the total of 7,162,864 in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam. The total area of the district is about 7.7211 km2 (2.9811 sq mi), that makes the district a very dense area. The District's density is 26,538 inhabitants per square kilometre (68,730/sq mi) very high comparing the Ho Chi Minh City's 3,419/km2 (8,860/sq mi) and Vietnam's 259/km2 (670/sq mi). Relatively, District 1 is located in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City. The district area is divided with Bình Thạnh District and Phú Nhuận District - Thị Nghè canal as border, and District 3 - Hai Bà Trưng street and Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai street as border in the north, District 2 in the east with Sai Gon River as border, District 5 to the west - Nguyễn Văn Cừ street as border, and District 4 to the south - Bến Nghé canal as border.