Masaka

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Masaka
Masaka is located in Uganda
Masaka
Masaka
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°20′24″S 31°44′24″E / 0.34000°S 31.74000°E / -0.34000; 31.74000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Central Uganda
District Masaka District
Elevation 3,900 ft (1,200 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 74,100

Masaka is a town in Central Uganda, lying west of Lake Victoria. It is the chief town of Masaka District. Besides being the headquarters of Masaka District, the town is the regional headquarters and largest metropolitan area in the districts of Lyantonde, Sembabule, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Masaka, Rakai, and Kalangala.[1]

Location[edit]

Masaka lies approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) to the southwest of Kampala, on the highway to Mbarara.[2] The town lies very close to the Equator, as can be seen from the latitude values. It was Uganda's second-biggest town for a long time. Today this status has changed, as the city was largely destroyed in the Uganda-Tanzania War of 1979 and again in the 1981-1986 civil war that removed Obote from power for the last time. The coordinates of the town are:0° 20' 24.00"S, 31° 44' 24.00"E (Latitude:0.3400; Longitude:31.7400).

Population[edit]

According to the 2002 national census, the population of Masaka was about 67,800. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 73,300. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Masaka at 74,100.[3]

Economic activities[edit]

Most of the people are farmers with both cattle and other crops. Masaka used to be the highest producer of the indigenous banana food (locally referred to as Matooke). Other economic activities include:

  • Meat & Fish Processing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Manufacture of Footwear
  • Manufacture of Baked Products

One of the economic activities in Masaka is "gathering grasshoppers" that can potentially earn a collector over US$20,000 (UGX:50 million) annually. (US$1 = UGX:2,500)

Landmarks[edit]

The landmarks in Masaka or close to its borders include:

Other points of interest[edit]

Other points of interest within the town limits include the following:

See also[edit]

Photos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fields, Megan (December 2009). "Masaka: Big Shoes, Small Feet". Wordpress.com (Megan Fields Blog). Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Masaka With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Masaka In 2002, 2010 & 2011". Uganda Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Location of Lake Nabugabo". Lake Nabugabo Resort. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bank of Uganda Maintains A Currency Center In Masaka". Bank of Uganda. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 00°20′24″S 31°44′24″E / 0.34000°S 31.74000°E / -0.34000; 31.74000