Soroti District

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Soroti District
District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°43′N 33°36′E / 1.717°N 33.600°E / 1.717; 33.600
Country  Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Sub-region Teso sub-region
Capital Soroti
Area
 • Land 1,411.9 km2 (545.1 sq mi)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 322,000
 • Density 228.1/km2 (591/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Homepage

Soroti District is a district in Eastern Uganda. It is named after its chief municipal, administrative and commercial headquarters, Soroti, where the district headquarters are located.

Location[edit]

Soroti District is bordered by Amuria District to the north, Katakwi District to the east, Ngora District to the southeast, Serere District to the south, and Kaberamaido District to the west. Soroti, the district headquarters is located approximately 116 kilometres (72 mi), by road, northwest of Mbale, the nearest large city.[1]

Overview[edit]

Soroti District is part of Teso sub-region, which includes the following districts:

The sub-region is home to an estimated 2.5 million people of Iteso and Kumam ethnicities. [2]

Population[edit]

The national census of 1991 estimated the district population at about 113,900. Eleven years later, the 2002 national census put the district population at approximately 193,300 of whom 51.2% were female and 48.8% were male. In 2011, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimated the District population at about 322,000.[3]

The district has one of the highest levels of poverty in the country. In February 2009, it was estimated that 53% of the population in the district (an estimated 124,300 people), live on less than US1.00 per day.[4] The two predominant ethnicities in the district are the Iteso and the Kumam. The main languages spoken in the district are: (a) Ateso (b) Kumam and (c) Swahili.

Economic activity[edit]

Agriculture is the main economic activity in the district. Crops grown include:[5] The produce is consumed locally and some is sold in the urban areas, particularly in Soroti Town.

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