District location in Uganda
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Rakai District borders Lyantonde District to the northwest, Lwengo District to the north, Masaka District to the northeast, Kalangala District to the east, the Kagera Region in the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Isingiro District to the southwest and Kiruhura District to the northwest. Rakai, the location of the district headquarters, lies approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi), by road, southwest of Masaka, the largest city in the sub-region. The coordinates of the district are:00 43S, 31 24E.
Due to its proximity to Uganda's border with Tanzania, the district experiences much cross border commercial traffic to and from Bukoba. The first recorded case of HIV in Uganda was in Rakai District and the district has been particularly hard hit by the disease. A number of medical research facilities are located here. In 2007, the northern part of the district known as Kabula County, was split off to form Lyantonde District.
In 2002, the national census estimated the population of the district at 404,300, with an annual growth rate of 1.8%. Given those statistics, it is estimated that in 2010, the population of the district was approximately 466,300. See table below:
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The district is divided into the following administrative units:
Subsistence agriculture is the dominant economic activity in the district, employing over 85% of the people. Crops grown include matooke, beans, cassava and potatoes for food while coffee is the main cash crop. Livestock raised includes cattle, goats, pigs and chicken.