Quetta (Pashto: کوټه; Balochi: کویته; Urdu: کوئٹہ; pronunciation (help·info)) is the provincial capital and largest city of Balochistan, Pakistan. It has a population of 1,001,205 according to the 2017 census, while Quetta District has a population of 2,275,699. The city is known as the fruit garden of Pakistan, due to the numerous fruit orchards in and around it, and the large variety of fruits and dry fruits produced there.  The immediate area has long been one of pastures and mountains, with varied plants and animals relative to the dry plains to the west. Quetta is at an average elevation of 1,680 meters (5,510 feet) above sea level, making it Pakistan's only high-altitude major city.