Can Tho city locates in the center of the Mekong Delta Region. It lies across 65 km along the west bank of the Hau River with 1,401 km2 in area. According to the 2009 census data, Can Tho has 1,188,435 people, of which 65.89% lives in urban areas; Kinh people account for 96.95%; The population density is 848 persons/km2, Ninh Kieu district has the highest population density with 8,407 people/km2 and the lowest is Vinh Thanh district with 274 persons/km2. Can Tho has 9 administrative units including 5 urban districts (Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, Cai Rang, O Mon and Thot Not) and 4 rural districts (Vinh Thanh, Co Do, Thoi Lai, Phong Dien) with a total of 85 communes and towns.
As one of five central administrative cities, Can Tho City is a prominent place to live, work and visit. The geography and landscapes that created the background for more than two centuries of development have created the city that we have today. However, Can Tho is not just a center, it is a dynamic city and a city that needs change to satisfy the needs of the coming years.
We want to have modern and outstanding development projects that locate besides the existing buildings in the city center, as well as development projects in other areas to create a sense of place. To achieve this, urban planning and management play a decisive role. Over the past twenty years, the Can Tho Planning Institute (CAPI) has contributed significantly to complete the annual task of the Department of Construction in urban planning and management, which contribute to the sustainable development of Can Tho city. The continuous development of the Institute has also provided highly qualified staff for the construction industry to support the urban management and development in Can Tho City.