Qom is one of the 30 provinces of Iran with 11,237 km², covering 0.89% of the total area in Iran. It is in the north of the country, and its provincial capital is the city of Qom. It was formed from part of Tehran province in 1995. In 2005, this province had a population of approximately 2,000,000 out of which 91.2 % resided in urban areas and 8.8 % in rural vicinities. The province contains one city, four counties, nine rural districts, and 256 villages.