Amuru District

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Amuru District
Coordinates: 02°50′N 33°05′E / 2.833°N 33.083°E / 2.833; 33.083Coordinates: 02°50′N 33°05′E / 2.833°N 33.083°E / 2.833; 33.083
Country  Uganda
Region Northern Uganda
Sub-region Acholi sub-region
Capital Amuru
 • Total 3,625.9 km2 (1,400.0 sq mi)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 178,800
 • Density 49.3/km2 (128/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Amuru District is a district in Northern Uganda. Like most Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Amuru, where the district headquarters are located.


Amuru District is bordered by Adjumani District to the north, South Sudan and Lamwo District to the northeast, Gulu District to the east, Nwoya District to the south, Nebbi District to the southwest and Arua District to the west.[1] The administrative headquarters of the district at Amuru, are located approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi), by road, northwest of Gulu, the largest city in the sub-region.[2]


Amuru District was established by the Ugandan Parliament in 2006. Prior to that, the district was part of Gulu District. Amuru District, together with Agago District, Gulu District, Kitgum District, Lamwo District, Nwoya District and Pader District, is part of the larger Acholi sub-region, home to an estimated 1.5 million Acholi, according to the 2002 national census. The district is predominantly a rural district, lacking any tarmac road, despite its size.[3]


The 1991 national population census estimated the district population at about 88,700. The 2002 national census estimated the population of Amuru District at about 135,700. The district population grew an annual rate of 2.8% between 2002 and 2012. It is estimated that the population of the district in 2012 was approximately 178,800.[4] The table below illustrates numerically the trajectory of population growth in the district between 2002 and 2012. All numbers are estimates.

Amuru District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 135,700
2003 139,500
2004 143,400
2005 147,400
Year Est. Pop.
2006 151,500
2007 155,700
2008 160,100
2009 164,600
Year Est. Pop.
2010 169,200
2011 173,900
2012 178,800

Economic activities[edit]

Subsistence agriculture is the backbone of the district economy, employing 98% of the population. Arable land, which makes up about 90% of the total land area in the district is very fertile. However, during the last twenty years, less than 1% of the land was utilized for agriculture on account of insecurity caused by the Lord's Resistance Army. With the return of security to Northern Uganda in 2006, the situation in the district is expected to improve. Crops raised include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Map Showing Gulu And Amuru With Distance Marker". Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Ojok, James Onono (4 March 2014). "Amuru Leaders Concerned With Slow Pace Of Development in The Town Centre". Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estimated Population of Amuru District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

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