Sharqia Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Khaled Mohamed Saied |
|• Total||4,180 km2 (1,610 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 estimate)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
Sharqia Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الشرقية Muḥāfẓet El Sharʔiya, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [eʃ.ʃæɾˈʔejjæ], rural: [eʃ.ʃæɾˈɡejje]) is the 3rd most populous of the governorates of Egypt. Located in the northern part of the country, its capital is the city of Zagazig.
According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 23.1%. Out of an estimated 6,485,412 people residing in the governorate, 4,987,707 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 1,497,705 in urban areas.
According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to five industrial zones.
|Zone name||Space (acres)|
|1st Bilbeis - 10th of Ramadan||72|
|2nd Bilbeis - 10th of Ramadan||80|
|10th of Ramadan||94,762|
|Basateen El Ismailia||1,505|
List of cities and towns
Sharqia is divided into 13 administrative divisions and 15 cities, 2 districts, 105 rural local units, and 3885 minor villages. 
|10th of Ramadan||29,601|
|Mashtool El Souk||47,153|
|Minya El Qamh||67,450|
- El-Said Badawi, sociolinguist
- Mohamed Morsi, former President of Egypt
- Ahmed Shafik, former Prime Minister of Egypt and Presidential Candidate for Egyptian presidential election, 2012
- Abaza family, the largest family in Sharqia and Egypt's largest family of Circassian origin. 
- Ahmed Subhy Mansour, founder of the Quranist movement
- Abdel Halim Hafez, popular singer and actor
- Miral al-Tahawy, award-winning Bedouin novelist
- Yusuf Abu Rayya, award-winning novelist
- Husayn Fawzi Al Najjar, political historian and Islamic scholar
- Magdi Yacoub, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute
- Sama El Masry, actress, belly dancer, and activist
- Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egyptian vernacular poet
- Rushdy Abaza, actor
- Fekry Pasha Abaza, journalist and political activist
- Ahmed 'Urabi, the leader of the 1881 nationalist uprising against the British
- "Egypt's new provincial governors: Who's who?". Ahram Online. December 26, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
- "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "Governorate Investment Sector - Al Sharqia" (PDF). GAFI. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- البيانات السكانية لمدينة أو قرية حسب تقديرات السكان 2006 - محافظة الشرقية. الجهاز المركزي للتعبئة العامة والإحصاء. تاريخ الوصول: 9 يناير 2016.
- Families who rule Egypt: 1. The Abazas, family of bashas (in Arabic)
- "Arab or Circassian? Or a mix of both? (in Arabic)". al-Hayat.
- Official website(Arabic)
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