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Capital of Meghalaya
A view of Shillong
A view of Shillong
Scotland of the East
Shillong is located in Meghalaya
Location in Meghalaya
Shillong is located in India
Location in India
Shillong is located in Asia
Location in Asia
Country  India
State Meghalaya
District East Khasi Hills
Named for Deity
 • Capital of Meghalaya 64.36 km2 (24.85 sq mi)
1,495-1,965 m (4,908-6,449 ft)
 • Capital of Meghalaya 143,229
 • Density 234/km2 (610/sq mi)
 • Metro
Demonym(s) Nong sor and Shillongite
 • Official English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
793 001 – 793 102
Telephone code 0364
Vehicle registration ML-05
Climate Cwb

Shillong (Khasi: Shillong, Hindi: शिलांग) is a city in India. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya. The East Khasi Hills district is in Shillong. In 2001, the city had a population of 260,520. Shillong is a major place in north-east India for education, because it has many schools and universities.


As of the 2001 India census, Shillong had a population of 232,946. Males and females are both 50% of the population. About 80% of people in Shillong can read, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%. 83% of males can read, and 78% of women can read. In Shillong, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Khasis make up most of the population. However, the percentage of Khasi people is decreasing because many other people are moving there. People of all the other northeast Indian tribes live in Shillong. Many Bengali, Nepali, Assamese, Biharis and Marwaris also live there.

Christianity is the main religion in the city. Protestants make up 75% of the Christian population of Shillong and Catholics make up the remaining 25%. A lot of people in Shillong follow the original Khasi religion. There are also many other religions in the city.

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