Bomi is a county in the northwestern portion of the West African nation of Liberia established in 1984. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has four districts. Tubmanburg serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 1,942 square kilometres (750 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 82,036, making it the twelfth most populous county in Liberia. Bomi is bordered by Grand Cape Mount County to the west, Gbarpolu County to the north, Montserrado County to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
Location in Liberia
|Coordinates: 6°45′N 10°45′W|
|• Superintendent||Haja Washington|
|• Total||1,932 km2 (746 sq mi)|
|• Density||42.2/km2 (109/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (GMT)|
|ISO 3166 code||LR-BM|
From 1822 until the Liberian Declaration of Independence from the American Colonization Society on July 26,1847 some 3,198 freed slaves and slaves from the Lesser Antilles, who had escaped from their slaveholders or born free left the Caribbean islands and came to Liberia with the help and support from the American Colonization Society and other organizations establishment. The former Caribbean slaves came to Liberia to live a better life, to be free and for self-government. The first batch of slaves who left the Caribbean islands was from Barbados, some 500 to 1,000 freed Caribbean slaves arrived as settlers to Liberia. The second set of settlers who came from the Caribbean islands was 345 from Trinidad and Tobago, followed by 620 from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, another 350 from Saint Kitts and Nevis, the last two groups of settlers who left the Caribbean islands was 483 from Grenada, and the last group of settlers from Saint Lucia 400 former Caribbean slaves. As job opportunities and development growth increase the former slaves moved through Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Montserrado County, Margibi County and other regions of Liberia.
Bomi is divided into four districts:
Geography and demographics
Bomi has an area of 755 square miles (2,000 km2) and a density of 36.6 persons per sq. mile.
- "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- Bomi County Profile Archived November 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine (DOC)