Shinyanga Region

Shinyanga Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Shinyanga. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,534,808.[1]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also the tenth most densely populated region with 81 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6 With a size of 50,781 square kilometres (19,607 sq mi),[2] the region is slightly smaller than Costa Rica (51,100 square kilometres (19,700 sq mi)).

Shinyanga Region

Mkoa wa Shinyanga  (Swahili)
Williamson diamond Pud stroker mine in Mwadui
Regional map before partition in 2012
  Regional CommissionerAli Rufunga
  Total18,901 km2 (7,298 sq mi)
  Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)028
WebsiteRegional website

The region is bordered to the north by the Mwanza, Mara, and Kagera Regions and to the south by the Tabora Region. Kigoma Region borders to the west, and the Simiyu Region to the east.


As of 2012, the region is administratively divided into five districts:[3]

Districts of Shinyanga Region
Map with main roads in green District Population (2012 Census)
Kahama Rural 523,802
Kahama Urban 242,208
Kishapu 272,990
Shinyanga Rural 334,417
Shinyanga Urban 161,391
Total 1,534,808


The predominant tribes of the Shinyanga region are the Sukuma, Nyamwezi, and Sumbwa tribes.


The traditional agriculture in the area varies as follows;

Food crops

  1. Maize
  2. Rice

Cash crops

  1. Cotton


  1. Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived June 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Statistical Abstract 2011, Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  3. "Census 2012". National Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.

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