Abim District

Coordinates: 02°44′N 33°40′E / 2.733°N 33.667°E / 2.733; 33.667
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Abim District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 02°44′N 33°40′E / 2.733°N 33.667°E / 2.733; 33.667
RegionNorthern Uganda
Sub-regionKaramoja sub-region
 • Total2,353.3 km2 (908.6 sq mi)
 (2012 Estimate)
 • Total56,500
 • Density24/km2 (60/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)

Abim District is a district in Northern Uganda. It is named after its 'chief town', Abim, where the district headquarters are located.


Abim District is bordered by Kotido District to the north and east, Napak District to the southeast and south, Otuke District to the southwest and Agago District to the west. [1] The district headquarters at Abim, are located approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi), by road, northwest of Moroto, the largest town in the sub-region.[2] This location lies approximately 366 kilometres (227 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[3] The coordinates of the district are:02 44N, 33 40E.


Abim District became functional on 1 July 2006. Prior to that, it was known as Labwor County in Kotido District. The district is composed of five sub-counties and one town council, Abim Town Council. Abim District covers an area of 2,353.3 square kilometres (908.6 sq mi). The district is part of the Karamoja sub-region, home to an estimated one million Karimojong. The sub-region consists of the following districts: 1. Abim District 2. Amudat District 3. Kaabong District 4. Kotido District 5. Moroto District 6. Nakapiripirit District and 7. Napak District. Abim District has got a wet and dry woodland savannah type of climate, characterized by an intensive hot season that lasts from December until February.


The 1991 census estimated the district population at about 47,600. The national census in 2002 estimated the population of the district at approximately 51,800. The average annual population growth rate has been determined at 0.9%, between 2002 and 2012. In 2012, the population of Abim District was estimated at approximately 56,500.[4] The table below illustrates how the district population has grown during the first decade of the 21st century. All figures are estimates.

Abim District Population Trends
YearEst. Pop.
YearEst. Pop.
YearEst. Pop.

Economic activities[edit]

Subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry are the main occupations of the population of the district. Many also practice animal hunting to supplement their diet. Crops grown include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Distance Between Moroto And Abim With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Abim With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Estimated Population of Abim District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 23 May 2014.

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