|• Mayor||İbrahim Sadık Edis (AKP)|
|• District||1,799.65 km2 (694.85 sq mi)|
|• District Density||57/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||(0090)+ 362|
Vezirköprü has been dated to the Hittites (2000 to 700 BC) who established a town some 2.5 km away from the modern city.
It has been proven that the road from Nineveh (the Assyrian capital city) to the Black Sea passed through Vezirköprü. The Phrygians took over the region in 1200 BC and Alexander the Great later extended his rule to this part of Anatolia. At the breakup of Alexander's empire the Vezirköprü region became part of the kingdom of Pontos with its capital at Amaseia (Amasya), later at Sinope (Sinop). When the last king Mithradates VI was defeated by the Romans, Pompey the Great founded a "new city," Neapolis, which later changed its name to Neoklaudiopolis, the forerunner of modern Vezirköprü. In late antiquity, the town returned to its original name, Andrapa, and became a bishopric.
The settlement was once again destroyed during the wars between the Seljuqs and the Byzantines, and Sultan Mesut reconstructed it in 1160 as Gadegara. Since the town was frequently pillaged in the local revolts against the Ottoman Empire, the inhabitants felt the need to construct two castles to protect themselves. Taşkale and Toprakkale castles were built for this purpose.
Vezirköprü is bordered by the districts of Alaçam and Bafra to the north, Havza to the east, Gümüşhacıköy and Merzifon to the south, and Boyabat and Osmancık to the west. Its altitude is 339 metres and is situated in a bowl encircled by mountains of 400 metres and higher. The highest peaks are Kunduztepe (1738 m) and Kalatepe (1450 m). The most important river is Kızılırmak River, running some 15 kilometres away.
Vezirköprü is at the transition zone between the marine and continental climates, with cold winters, warm and dry summers, and rainy springs and autumns. Prevailing winds are from the west in winter and from south in summer.
The economy is essentially agricultural, zoocultural, and sylvicultural. There is a considerable grain, fruit and vegetable production together with sugar beets, tobacco, hemp, sunflower, sesame, and flax.
Lack of sufficient archaeological studies makes it rather difficult to ascribe discovered ruins to any particular civilization. There are 17 known mounds and tumuli yet to be excavated in the area. There is a large number mosques, chapels, shrines, bathhouses, bazaars, hostels, caravanserais, towers, and fountains in the region.
A ten–day Mehmet Pasha Culture, Art, and Sports Festival is held every year in September.
Meals with drained yoghurt, oven roasted veal, charcoal roasted lamb, and pastas are renowned.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.