Alor Setar is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. It sits along the country's longest expressway, located 400 km (250 mi) from Kuala Lumpur and 79 km (49 mi) north of George Town, Penang. The city is home to the Central State Administration Centre and is the administrative centre of Kota Setar District. Its location along the main travel route from Malaysia to Thailand has long made it a major transportation hub in the northern Malay Peninsula. The city covers a land area of 666 km2 (257 sq mi), which is occupied by more than 300,000 people. At the local-government level, Alor Setar is administered by the Alor Setar City Council.