List of districts of Turkey

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Districts of Turkey

The 81 provinces of Turkey are divided into 957 districts (ilçeler; sing. ilçe). In the early Turkish Republic and in the Ottoman Empire, the corresponding unit was the kaza.

The district bears the same name as the district capital (with the exception of the district of Antakya (in Hatay)).

A district may cover both rural and urban areas. One district of a province is the "central district" (merkez ilçe); the central district is administered by an appointed "vice-governor" and other districts by a "sub-governor" (kaymakam). Each municipality (belediye) in the urban zone (belde) of a district is an administrative division subject to elections depending on the province.

Each district (including the central district) corresponds to a specific area within the province. The area is administered from the "district center" (ilçe merkezi, not to be confused with "central district" merkez ilçe), where resides the appointed kaymakam, the head official for that district, who is responsible to the province governor. Central districts do not have kaymakams, they are administered by a vice-governor.

All district centers have municipalities (belediye), headed by an elected mayor, who administers a defined municipality area (usually matching the urban zone) for defined municipal matters. A growing number of settlements, which are outside of district centers, have municipalities as well, usually because their population requires one. These are (also) called belde. They haven't (yet) become district centers because there is one close by, or due to some other reason. A belde has a mayor (responsible for its municipal zone), but not a kaymakam, and depends administratively on the district center of the district within whose boundaries it is situated.

At the bottom end, there are villages, who have elected muhtars taking care of specific administrative matters such as residence registration. Furthermore, each quarter (mahalle) of a district center and belde has a muhtar as well, also for specific administrative questions. The designation slightly differs (köy muhtarı for village muhtar, mahalle muhtarı for quarter muhtar) and also the tasks, which are largely similar but adapted to their locality.

In some cases, a belde has become larger than the district center it depends on, and a district center larger than the central district it depends on (and many other district centers). One final note is the büyükşehir belediyesi (or greater municipality) for metropolises like İstanbul or İzmir, an extra administrative layer which has at its top an elected head mayor, who oversee a number of municipalities and mayors.

The districts and their populations (as of December 31, 2011) are listed below, by region and by province (with capital district in bold text):

However, it should be noted that, in 16 provinces with greater municipality, the total population of province is not equal to the summation of all district populations. In greater municipalities some (in case of İstanbul and Kocaeli all) districts are within the capital city. Those intracity districts are shown as " (central district) " . The population in central districts is also shown in the boldface capital city. So in greater municipalities, the actual population of the province is the sum of all district populations except the boldface capital city. (This is true only for 16 greater municipalities; Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Sakarya, Samsun. For the remaining 65 provinces the population figures for districts add up to total province population ) (see: Metropolitan centers in Turkey)

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Istanbul Region[edit]

Istanbul Subregion[edit]

Istanbul Province[edit]

Districts of İstanbul

Western Marmara Region[edit]

Tekirdağ Subregion[edit]

Tekirdağ Province[edit]

Districts of Tekirdağ

Edirne Province[edit]

Districts of Edirne

Kırklareli Province[edit]

Districts of Kırklareli

Balıkesir Subregion[edit]

Balıkesir Province[edit]

Districts of Balıkesir

Çanakkale Province[edit]

Districts of Çanakkale

Aegean Region[edit]

İzmir Subregion[edit]

İzmir Province[edit]

Districts of İzmir

Aydın Subregion[edit]

Aydın Province[edit]

Districts of Aydın

Denizli Province[edit]

Districts of Denizli

Muğla Province[edit]

Districts of Muğla

Manisa Subregion[edit]

Manisa Province[edit]

Districts of Manisa

Afyonkarahisar Province[edit]

Districts of Afyonkarahisar

Kütahya Province[edit]

Districts of Kütahya

Uşak Province[edit]

Districts of Uşak

Eastern Marmara Region[edit]

Bursa Subregion[edit]

Bursa Province[edit]

Districts of Bursa

Eskişehir Province[edit]

Districts of Eskişehir

Bilecik Province[edit]

Districts of Bilecik

Kocaeli Subregion[edit]

Kocaeli Province[edit]

Districts of Kocaeli

Sakarya Province[edit]

Districts of Sakarya

Düzce Province[edit]

Districts of Düzce

Bolu Province[edit]

Districts of Bolu

Yalova Province[edit]

Districts of Yalova

Western Anatolia[edit]

Ankara Subregion[edit]

Ankara Province[edit]

Districts of Ankara

Konya Subregion[edit]

Konya Province[edit]

Districts of Konya

Karaman Province[edit]

Districts of Karaman

Mediterranean Region[edit]

Antalya Subregion[edit]

Antalya Province[edit]

Districts of Antalya

Isparta Province[edit]

Districts of Isparta

Burdur Province[edit]

Districts of Burdur

Adana Subregion[edit]

Adana Province[edit]

Districts of Adana

Mersin Province[edit]

Districts of Mersin

Hatay Subregion[edit]

Hatay Province[edit]

Districts of Hatay

Kahramanmaraş Province[edit]

Districts of Kahramanmaraş

Osmaniye Province[edit]

Districts of Osmaniye

Central Anatolia[edit]

Kırıkkale Subregion[edit]

Kırıkkale Province[edit]

Districts of Kırıkkale

Aksaray Province[edit]

Districts of Aksaray

Niğde Province[edit]

Districts of Niğde

Nevşehir Province[edit]

Districts of Nevşehir

Kırşehir Province[edit]

Districts of Kırşehir

Kayseri Subregion[edit]

Kayseri Province[edit]

Districts of Kayseri

Sivas Province[edit]

Districts of Sivas

Yozgat Province[edit]

Districts of Yozgat

Western Black Sea Region[edit]

Zonguldak Subregion[edit]

Zonguldak Province[edit]

Districts of Zonguldak

Karabük Province[edit]

Districts of Karabük

Bartın Province[edit]

Districts of Bartın

Kastamonu Subregion[edit]

Kastamonu Province[edit]

Districts of Kastamonu

Çankırı Province[edit]

Districts of Çankırı

Sinop Province[edit]

Districts of Sinop

Samsun Subregion[edit]

Samsun Province[edit]

Districts of Samsun

Tokat Province[edit]

Districts of Tokat

Çorum Province[edit]

Districts of Çorum

Amasya Province[edit]

Districts of Amasya

Eastern Black Sea Region[edit]

Trabzon Subregion[edit]

Trabzon Province[edit]

Districts of Trabzon

Ordu Province[edit]

Districts of Ordu

Giresun Province[edit]

Districts of Giresun

Rize Province[edit]

Districts of Rize

Artvin Province[edit]

Districts of Artvin

Gümüşhane Province[edit]

Districts of Gümüşhane

Northeast Anatolia[edit]

Erzurum Subregion[edit]

Erzurum Province[edit]

Districts of Erzurum

Erzincan Province[edit]

Districts of Erzincan

Bayburt Province[edit]

Districts of Bayburt

Ağrı Subregion[edit]

Ağrı Province[edit]

Districts of Ağrı

Kars Province[edit]

Districts of Kars

Iğdır Province[edit]

Districts of Iğdır

Ardahan Province[edit]

Districts of Ardahan

Central-Eastern Anatolia[edit]

Malatya Subregion[edit]

Malatya Province[edit]

Districts of Malatya

Elazığ Province[edit]

Districts of Elazığ

Bingöl Province[edit]

Districts of Bingöl

Tunceli Province[edit]

Districts of Tunceli

Van Subregion[edit]

Van Province[edit]

Districts of Van

Muş Province[edit]

Districts of Muş

Bitlis Province[edit]

Districts of Bitlis

Hakkâri Province[edit]

Districts of Hakkâri

Southeastern Anatolia[edit]

Gaziantep Subregion[edit]

Gaziantep Province[edit]

Districts of Gaziantep

Adıyaman Province[edit]

Districts of Adıyaman

Kilis Province[edit]

Kilis

Şanlıurfa Subregion[edit]

Şanlıurfa Province[edit]

Districts of Şanlıurfa

Diyarbakır Province[edit]

Districts of Diyarbakır

Mardin Subregion[edit]

Mardin Province[edit]

Districts of Mardin

Batman Province[edit]

Districts of Batman

Şırnak Province[edit]

Districts of Şırnak

Siirt Province[edit]

Districts of Siirt

See also[edit]