Ratlam District is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The town of Ratlam is administrative headquarters of the district.
Ratlam District has an area of 4,861 square kilometres (1,877 sq mi). It is bounded by Mandsaur District to the north, Jhalawar District of Rajasthan state to the northwest, Ujjain District to the west, Dhar District to the south, Jhabua District to the southeast, and Chittorgarh District of Rajasthan to the east. It is divided into five tehsils and is home to 9 towns and 1063 villages (as of 2001). The district is part of Ujjain Division.
Ratlam District was created after Indian independence in 1947, out of the territory of several princely states, including Ratlam State, Jaora, Sailana, Piploda, and portions of Dewas Junior, Dewas Senior, and Gwalior, as well as the former province of Panth-Piploda. Ratlam District was part of the new state of Madhya Bharat. In 1956, Madhya Bharat was merged into Madhya Pradesh state.
According to the 2011 census Ratlam District has a population of 1,454,483,roughly equal to the nation of Swaziland or the US state of Hawaii.This gives it a ranking of 342nd in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 299 inhabitants per square kilometre (770/sq mi) .Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.67%.Ratlam has a sex ratio of 973 females for every 1000 males,and a literacy rate of 68.03%.