The population of the city is between 896,090 and 2.8 million, which makes it the 6th largest city in Pakistan.
Quetta is considered as the capital and largest city of Baluchistan province of Pakistan. It is also known as the Fruit Garden of Baluchistan due to the variety of its plants and animal wildlife, Quetta is situated at an average altitude of 1680 meters (5,500 ft) above sea level, making it Pakistan’s only high altitude
Sitting in northern Baluchistan near the Durand Line border with Afghanistan and close to Kandahar province, Quetta is a trade and communication center between the two countries as well as an important military location which occupies a strategic position for the Pakistani Armed Forces. The city lies on the Bolan Pass route which was once the only gateway to and from South Asia.
Quetta has a number of institutions of higher education. Group of Islamia Schools which was quoted by Quid e Azam as Chota (Small) Federal Government (FG) Degree College Madrassa Road Quetta CanntAli Garh University (Which was one of highest rated university of Indo Pak). Famous Tameer-e- Nau Public College which has always led in HSSC Board position Top spots in Baluchistan Board of Education. The military Command and Staff College was founded by the British in 1905, its centennial was celebrated in 2005.
The city is home to the University of Baluchistan established in 1974, Baluchistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, (BUITAMS) Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University, Bolan Medical College, Agricultural institute, the Geological Survey of Pakistan, and Historic the Sandeman Library and many government and private colleges.