Mwanza Region

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Mwanza Region
Mkoa wa Mwanza  (Swahili)
Lake Victoria
Regional map before partition in 2012
Regional map before partition in 2012
Country Tanzania
Zone Lake
Capital Mwanza
 • Regional Commissioner Evarist Ndikilo
 • Total 9,467 km2 (3,655 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,772,509
 • Density 290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 33xxx
Area code(s) 028

Mwanza Region is one of Tanzania's 30 administrative regions. The regional capital is Mwanza.

The neighbouring regions are Kagera and Geita to the west, Shinyanga to the south, and Mara to the east. Furthermore, Lake Victoria borders the region's north frontier.

The regional commissioner of the Mwanza Region is Evarist Welle Ndikilo.[1]


The region is administratively divided into seven districts:

Districts of Mwanza Region
Map District Population (2012)
Mwanza Districts.GIF Ilemela 343,001
Magu 299,759
Misungwi 351,607
Nyamagana 363,452
Sengerema 663,034
Ukerewe 345,147
Total 2,772,509

Population and area[edit]

According to the 2012 national census, the Mwanza Region had a population of 2,772,509, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 3,771,067.[2]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 3.0 percent average annual population growth rate was the eighth highest in the country.[2]:page 4 It was also the sixth most densely populated region with 293 people per square kilometer.[2]:page 6

As of 2007, the region covered an area of 20,095 square kilometres (7,759 sq mi) of dry land;[3] however, parts of the region went to establish the Geita Region in 2012.


The Mwanza Region is occupied by various tribal groups, included the Wasukuma, the Wakerewe, Wakara and Wazinza. Mwanza city's Makongoro Road is named after a prominent Sukuma chief who controlled the area in the late 1800s. Under British rule, the region was one district in the Lake Province, which became the Lake Region after independence. In 1963, the Mwanza Region was created.

Wasukuma tribe is the major tribe occupying the Mwanza Region, the other region that is occupied by Wasukuma is Shinyanga Region.


  1. ^ Kitabu cha Mawasiliano Serikalini, Tanzania Government Directory, 2012, page 181
  2. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013
  3. ^ "Socio-Economic Profile of Mwanza Region" (PDF). The Planning Commission, Dar es Salaam, and The Regional Commissioner's Office, Mwanza. October 1997. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2004. 

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Coordinates: 2°45′S 32°45′E / 2.750°S 32.750°E / -2.750; 32.750