District location in Uganda
|• Land||673 km2 (260 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,200 m (3,900 ft)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|• Density||744.9/km2 (1,929/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Jinja District is bordered Kamuli District to the north, Luuka District to the east, Mayuge District to the southeast, Buvuma District to the south, Buikwe District to the west and Kayunga District to the northwest. The district headquarters at Buwenge are located 96 kilometres (60 mi), by road, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city. The coordinates of the district are: 00 30N, 33 12E. (Latitude:0.5000; Longitude:33.2000).
In 1991, the national population census estimated the district population at about 289,500. The national census in 2002 estimated the population of the district at about 387,600, with an annual population growth rate of 2.7%. In 2012, the population of Jinja District was estimated at approximately 501,300. The table below illustrates the population growth in the district, between 2002 and 2012. All figures are estimates.
|Jinja District Population Trends|
Jinja District is part of Busoga sub-region, which includes the districts listed below, and was home to an estimated 2.5 million people in 2002, according to the national census. The majority of the people in Jinja District belong to the Basoga ethnic group and Lusoga is the most widely spoken language. The districts in the sub-region include the following:
The primary activity is agriculture with a focus on food crops such as beans, groundnuts, sorghum, millet, cassava, and sweet potatoes. Coffee and cotton are the main cash crops. Fruits and vegetables grown in the district include tomatoes, onions and cabbage.