Location in Liberia
|• Superintendent||Galakpai Kortimai|
|• Total||9,982 km2 (3,854 sq mi)|
|• 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). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 270,114, making it the fourth most populous county in Liberia.
Lofa's County Superintendent is Galakpai Kortimai. 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.
As of the 1984 Census, the county had a population of 199,242. 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. 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 of Lofa County include (2008 population):
- Foya District (100,000)
- Kolahun District (59,057)
- Salayea District (22,968)
- Vahun District (16,876)
- Voinjama District (40,730)
- Zorzor District (40,352)
- "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "New ‘One UN’ office opens in northern Liberia to advance UN effectiveness in planning, coordination and programming". UNMIL. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.[dead link]
- Red Cross estimates of Lofa County populations January 2004
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