Dhar district is a district of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. The historic town of Dhar is administrative headquarters of the district.

The district has an area 8,153 km². It is bounded by the districts of Ratlam to the north, Ujjain to the northeast, Indore to the east, Khargone (West Nimar) to the southeast, Barwani to the south, and Jhabua to the west. It is part of the Indore Division of Madhya Pradesh. The population of the district is 1,740,577 (2001 census), an increase of 24% from its 1991 population of 1,367,412. Pithampur is a large industrial area comes under Dhar District.

The Vindhya Range runs east and west through the district. The northern part of the district lies on the Malwa plateau. The northwestern portion of the district lies in the watershed of the Mahi River and its tributaries, while the northeastern part of the district lies in the watershed of the Chambal River, which drains into the Ganges via the Yamuna River. The portion of the district south of the ridge of the Vindhyas lies in the watershed of the Narmada River, which forms the southern boundary of the district.

According to the 2011 census Dhar District has a population of 2,184,672, roughly equal to the nation of Latvia or the US state of New Mexico.This gives it a ranking of 208th in India (out of a total of 640).The district has a population density of 268 inhabitants per square kilometre (690/sq mi).Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 25.53%.Dhar has a sex ratio of 961 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 60.57%.