|Nickname(s): Oil City|
|Motto: Together We Shall Fly High|
|• Mayor||Grace Mary Mugasa|
|Elevation||3,674.54 ft (1,120 m)|
|Population (2011 Estimate)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Hoima is located approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway. The coordinates of the town are:1°25'55.0"N 31°21'09.0"E (Latitude:1.431944; Longitude:31.352500).
According to the 2002 national census, the population of Hoima was about 27,930. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 40,600. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Hoima at 42,600.
Between 2000 and 2009, a considerable amount of oil deposits, estimated at between 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion barrels have been discovered in Lake Albert and on the shores of the lake, in Hoima District and neighboring Buliisa District. An oil refinery, the Uganda Oil Refinery, is planned in Kabaale Village, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Hoima. An oil pipeline, the Uganda-Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline, is also planned to evacuate crude oil to the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Lamu. Consequently, Hoima is poised to become a beehive of economic activity, as a result of the discovery of oil in the neighborhood.
As a result of the increased economic activity in the area, Hoima has been upgraded to Municipality status, with increased infrastructure to handle the new businesses and new residents. Land prices, rental rates and other real estate costs in Hoima have gone up in the recent past, as demand for real estate in the town and surrounding areas has increased.
Points of interest
The following points of interest are found within the town limits or close to the edges of town:
- The headquarters of Hoima District Administration
- The offices of Hoima Town Council
- The palace of the Omukama of Bunyoro
- A branch of Bank of Africa
- A branch of Barclays Bank
- A branch of Centenary Bank
- A branch of Crane Bank
- A branch of DFCU Bank
- A branch of Equity Bank
- A branch of Kenya Commercial Bank
- A branch of PostBank Uganda
- A branch of Stanbic Bank
- A branch of Pride Microfinance Limited
- A branch of the National Social Security Fund
- Hoima Regional Referral Hospital - A 250 bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
- Kolping Hotel - A private hospitality establishment
- Hoima Resort Hotel - Another private establishment
- Protea Hotel Hoima - In development.
- Waiswa, Baz (25 March 2013). "Uganda: Hoima Town, Heart of the Oil Kingdom". East African Business Week via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Kivabulaya, Fredrick (3 March 2011). "Hoima Elects Its First Female Mayor". Uganda Radio Network Online. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Distance Between Kampala And Hoima With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Location of Hoima At Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Estimated Population of Hoima In 2002, 2010 & 2011". Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Tullow Boosts Uganda Oil Projections". RTÉ Commercial Enterprises. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Ouga, Samuel (14 August 2013). "Uganda’s Oil Refinery – An Opportunity for Transformation". New Vision. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- "Uganda Reaches Deal With Total, CNOOC Over Refinery". Reuters via Gulf Oil and Gas. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Haywood, Katherine (17 March 2010). "Norwegians To Build Power Plant In Hoima". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Kasita, Ibrahim (21 August 2008). "Hoima Economic Activities Boom". New Vision. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Kwesiga, Pascal (15 February 2009). "MPs Go to Hoima". New Vision. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Uganda: Oil Stirs Up Business In Hoima". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- Khisa, Isaac (7 December 2013). "Hotel Chain to Develop New Properties In East Africa". The EastAfrican. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- 2,900 hectares (11 sq mi) of Land Set Aside for Oil Refinery
- Hoima Rapidly Becoming A Large Metropolis
- Oil Brings New Facelift To Hoima