Busia, Uganda

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For the Kenyan town, see Busia, Kenya.
Busia, Uganda
Busia, Uganda is located in Uganda
Busia, Uganda
Busia, Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°28′01″N 34°05′24″E / 0.46694°N 34.09000°E / 0.46694; 34.09000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Busia District
Elevation 3,870 ft (1,180 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 55,958[1]

Busia is a town in Eastern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial center of Busia District and the district headquarters are located there. The district is named after the town.


Busia is located in Busia District, Eastern Uganda, at the border with the Republic of Kenya. It sits across the International border with Kenya, adjacent to its similarly named town of Busia, Kenya. Busia, Uganda lies approximately 202 kilometres (126 mi), by road, east of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in the country.[2] The coordinates of Busia, Uganda are:0°28'01.0"N, 34°05'24.0"E (Latitude:0.466944; Longitude:34.090000).[3]


According to the 2002 national census, the population of Busia, Uganda was about 36,630. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at about 45,700. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Busia, Uganda at 47,100.[4] In 2014, the national population census put the population of Busia, Uganda at 55,958.[1]

Economic activity[edit]

The town, together with its sister city Busia, Kenya across the border, are busy commercial centers with heavy commercial traffic in both directions. Goods from Uganda include cash crops like coffee, cotton and timber destined for the Kenyan port of Mombasa for export. Foodstuffs like fish, bananas, pineapples and mangoes, maize, beans, groundnuts, sorghum destined for the Kenyan market also come across. In the opposite direction, Uganda imports petroleum products, manufactured goods and household items like cooking oil, soap, clothing, electronics and automobiles.

In 2005, Busia was the busiest border crossing between the two neighboring member countries of the East African Community.[5] The border town of Malaba approximately 46 kilometres (29 mi) to the north, is the second busiest crossing point between Uganda and Kenya, along their common border. See table below:

Uganda Border Towns' Market Share of Crossborder Trade in 2005
Rank Border Town Share of Exports Share of Imports
1 Busia 42.7% 54.3%
2 Mpondwe 25.0% 10.6%
3 Malaba 7.8% 19.9%
4 Paidha 9.3% 2.2%
5 Others 15.2 % 13.0 %
Total 100.0% 100.0%

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest are found in the town or near its orders:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (27 August 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Citypopulation.de Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Travel Distance Between Kampala And Busia With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Location of Busia, Uganda At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estimated Population of Busia, Uganda In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Muwanga, David (10 August 2006). "Busia Leads In Border Trade". New Vision. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°28′01″N 34°05′24″E / 0.46694°N 34.09000°E / 0.46694; 34.09000