Shinyanga Region

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Shinyanga Region
Mkoa wa Shinyanga  (Swahili)
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Regional map before partition in 2012
Regional map before partition in 2012
Country Tanzania
Zone Lake
Capital Shinyanga
 • Regional Commissioner Ali Rufunga
 • Total 18,901 km2 (7,298 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,534,808
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 37xxx
Area code(s) 028

Shinyanga Region is one of Tanzania's 30 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Shinyanga. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,534,808.[1]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also the tenth most densely populated region with 81 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6 With a size of 50,781 square kilometres (19,607 sq mi),[2] the region is slightly smaller than Costa Rica (51,100 square kilometres (19,700 sq mi)).

The region is bordered to the north by the Mwanza, Mara, and Kagera Regions and to the south by the Tabora Region. Kigoma Region borders to the west, Singida Region to the southeast, and the Arusha and Manyara Regions to the east.


The region is administratively divided into three districts:

Districts of Shinyanga Region
District Population (2012)
Kahama 766,010
Kishapu 272,990
Shinyanga 495,808
Total 1,534,808


The predominant tribes of the Shinyanga region are the Sukuma, Nyamwezi, and Sumbwa tribes.[citation needed]


Traditional agriculture in the area varies, but it is often maize, cotton, and rice production.


Coordinates: 3°45′S 33°00′E / 3.750°S 33.000°E / -3.750; 33.000