River Gee County

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River Gee County
County
Flag of River Gee County
Flag
Location in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 5°15′N 7°55′W / 5.250°N 7.917°W / 5.250; -7.917Coordinates: 5°15′N 7°55′W / 5.250°N 7.917°W / 5.250; -7.917
Country  Liberia
Capital Fish Town
Districts 10
Established 2000
Government
 • Superintendent Daniel Johnson
Area
 • Total 5,113 km2 (1,974 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 66,789
 • Density 13.2/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

River Gee is a county in the southern 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. Fish Town serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 5,113 square kilometres (1,974 sq mi).[1] As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 66,789, making it the third least populous county in Liberia.[1]

Tenth largest in size, it is bordered by Sinoe County to the west, Grand Gedeh County to the north, and Grand Kru and Maryland counties to the south. The eastern part of River Gee borders the nation of Ivory Coast along the Cavalla River. Created in 2000, the current County Superintendent is Daniel Johnson.

Formation and geography[edit]

River Gee split from Grand Gedeh County in May 2000 after receiving approval from Liberia's House of Representatives in May 1997 and Senate approval in March 2000. On the east of the county is the Cavalla River that forms Liberia's border with the Ivory Coast. River Gee's capital is Fishtown.

The districts of River Gee County include (2008 population):[1][2]

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Demographics[edit]

Prior to the 2008 Census, River Gee had an estimated population of 74,800, including thousands of people who fled to Liberia following conflict in the Ivory Coast during 2002. About 92% of the county's inhabitants derive the majority of their income from agricultural production. Rice is the principal crop in River Gee, accounting for approximately 60% of the county's production according to UN estimates. Other important crops include cassava and bananas.

Government[edit]

River Gee county was led by county superintendent Karuku Sampson, and is currently led by Daniel Johnson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2008 Population and Housing Census". Government of the Republic of Liberia. May 11, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  2. ^ "River Gee County Development Agenda". Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20.