Dakar Region

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Dakar Region
Région de Dakar
Official seal of Dakar Region
Location of Dakar in Senegal
Location of Dakar in Senegal
Dakar région, divided into 4 départements
Dakar région, divided into 4 départements
Coordinates: 14°45′N 17°20′W / 14.750°N 17.333°W / 14.750; -17.333Coordinates: 14°45′N 17°20′W / 14.750°N 17.333°W / 14.750; -17.333
Country Senegal
Capital Dakar
 • Regional president Abdoulaye Faye (PDS; since 2002)
 • Total 547 km2 (211 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)[1]
 • Total 2,956,023
 • Rank 1st
 • Density 5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
 • Density rank 1st
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Arrondissements 10[2]
Communes 7,[2] plus 2 communautés rurales
Communes d'arrondissement 43[2]

Dakar région is the smallest and most populated région of Senegal, encompassing the capital city of the country, Dakar, and all its suburbs along the Cap–Vert Peninsula, Africa's most westerly point.


The Dakar région is divided into four départements (administrative structures without political power, unlike the French départements).

Dakar département[edit]

The Dakar département is also a commune (city). This is a situation comparable to Paris which is both a département and a commune. The département /commune of Dakar is further divided into:

  • 4 arrondissements, which are administrative structures without much power. The arrondissements are further divided into:
    • 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. "communes of arrondissement"). The communes d'arrondissement have a lot of power, unlike the arrondissements of Paris, and are more comparable to the London boroughs.

Guédiawaye département[edit]

The Guédiawaye département is also a commune (city). This département has only one arrondissement, so that Guédiawaye is both a département and an arrondissement. The département /arrondissement/commune of Guédiawaye is further divided into:

  • 5 communes d'arrondissement

Pikine département[edit]

The Pikine département is also a commune (city). The département /commune of Pikine is further divided into:

  • 3 arrondissements, which are further divided into:
    • 16 communes d'arrondissement

Rufisque département[edit]

The Rufisque département is made up of two arrondissements and three communes directly under the département:

  • Rufisque arrondissement, which is also a commune (city). The arrondissement/commune of Rufisque is further divided into:
    • 3 communes d'arrondissement
  • Sangalkam arrondissement, which, administratively speaking, is the only rural part of the Dakar région. The Sangalkam arrondissement is further divided into:
    • 2 communautés rurales (i.e. "rural communities"): Yène and Sangalkam
  • commune of Bargny (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)
  • commune of Sébikotane (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)
  • commune of Diamniadio (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)

Table of Administrative Sub-divisions[edit]

Administrative Divisions of the Dakar Region
Département Commune Arrondissement Commune d'arrondissement Communauté rurale
Department/ County / State City Borough Neighborhood Rural Borough
Dakar Dakar Almadies Mermoz-Sacré Cœur
Almadies Ngor
Almadies Ouakam
Almadies Yoff
Dakar Plateau Fann-Point E-Amitié
Dakar Plateau Gorée
Dakar Plateau Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane
Dakar Plateau Médina
Dakar Plateau Plateau
Grand Dakar Biscuiterie
Grand Dakar Dieuppeul-Derklé
Grand Dakar Grand-Dakar
Grand Dakar Hann-Bel Air
Grand Dakar HLM
Grand Dakar Sicap Liberté
Parcelles Assainies Cambérène
Parcelles Assainies Grand Yoff
Parcelles Assainies Parcelles Assainies
Parcelles Assainies Patte d'Oie
Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Golf Sud
Guédiawaye Médina Gounass
Guédiawaye Ndiarème Limoulaye
Guédiawaye Sam Notaire
Guédiawaye Wakhinane Nimzatt
Pikine Pikine Dagoudane Dalifort
Dagoudane Djidah-Thiaroye Kaw
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Nord
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Sud
Dagoudane Pikine Est
Dagoudane Pikine Nord
Dagoudane Pikine Ouest
Niayes Keur Massar
Niayes Malika
Niayes Yeumbeul Nord
Niayes Yeumbeul Sud
Thiaroye Diamaguène Sicap Mbao
Thiaroye Mbao
Thiaroye Thiaroye Gare
Thiaroye Thiaroye Sur Mer
Thiaroye Tivaouane Diaksao
Rufisque Bargny Rufisque
Diamnadio Rufisque
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Est
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Nord
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Ouest
Sebikotane Sangalkam Sangalkam


Within the Dakar région, the only politically significant units (i.e. those who have elected officials and wield a significant power) are: the 7 communes, the 2 communautés rurales, and the 43 communes d'arrondissement.


  1. ^ Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie, Government of Senegal (2005). "Situation économique et sociale du Sénégal" (PDF) (in French). p. 163. Archived from the original on 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c As of December 2005

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