Lofa County

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Lofa County
County
Flag of Lofa County
Flag
Location in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 7°55′N 10°0′W / 7.917°N 10.000°W / 7.917; -10.000Coordinates: 7°55′N 10°0′W / 7.917°N 10.000°W / 7.917; -10.000
Country  Liberia
Capital Voinjama
Districts 6
Established 1964
Government
 • Superintendent Galakpai Kortimai
Area
 • Total 9,982 km2 (3,854 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 270,114
 • Density 27.1/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Lofa is a county in the northernmost portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has six districts. Voinjama serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,982 square kilometres (3,854 sq mi).[1] As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 270,114, making it the fourth most populous county in Liberia.[1]

Lofa's County Superintendent is Galakpai Kortimai.[2] The county is bordered by Bong County to the south and Gbarpolu County to the west. The northwestern parts of Lofa border the nation of Sierra Leone and the northeastern parts border Guinea. Mount Wuteve, the highest mountain in Liberia, lies in the north-central part of the county.

History[edit]

As of the 1984 Census, the county had a population of 199,242.[1] Many people left the area as refugees in 1999 and the early 2000s as it became a main focus of fighting during the Liberian civil war. The Red Cross said that in January 2004 many people had begun to return from refugee camps in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. At that time the county's population was estimated to be 34,310.[3] The largest city and county capital is Voinjama with a population of 4,945. Foya is the second largest city (population 1,760). Lofa produced one of the nations most respected leaders in the late vice president Dr. Harry F. Moniba who served from 1984 - 1990.

Districts[edit]

Districts of Lofa County include (2008 population):[1]

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