Ben Arous Governorate

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Ben Arous
بن عروس
Governorate
Map of Tunisia with Ben Arous highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Ben Arous highlighted
Coordinates: 36°44′50″N 10°20′0″E / 36.74722°N 10.33333°E / 36.74722; 10.33333Coordinates: 36°44′50″N 10°20′0″E / 36.74722°N 10.33333°E / 36.74722; 10.33333
Country Tunisia
Created December 3, 1983[1]
Capital Ben Arous
Area
 • Total 790 km2 (310 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 22nd of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 631,842
 • Rank Ranked 6th of 24
 • Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix xx
ISO 3166 code TN-13

Ben Arous Governorate (Tunisian Arabic: ولاية بن عروسWilāyat Bin ‘Arūs pronounced [bɪn.ʕæˈruːs]) is one of the twenty-four governorates of Tunisia. It is in the north-east of Tunisia and adjoins smaller Tunis Governorate. It covers an area of 790 km²[1] and had a population of 631,842 as at the 2014 census.[2][3] The capital is Ben Arous.

Geography[edit]

The governorate is centred 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the capital and surrounded by the governorates of Tunis, Zaghouan, Manouba, and Nabeul. It has a short coastline, along the Gulf of Tunis to the northeast including the country's main commercial port, Radès.[1]

The average temperature is between 6.8 °C and 17.9 °C, and annual rainfall is 275-515 millimeters.[1]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Resources and production[1]
Land use
Agricultural land 370km² (47% of total land)
Woodland 160km²
Transportation 40km²
Uncultivated 201km²
Livestock
Cattle 5 200
Sheep 28 000
Goats 4 000
Main produce (in metric tons per year)
Peaches 27 000
Apples and pairs 21 500
Grapes 41 500
Durum wheat, soft wheat and other types 2 420
Red meat 1 700
White meat 18 300
Milk 13 500
Eggs 167 million (total)
Abattoirs 4 (registered under Directive Plan of 2010)
Hydrological resources
River weirs/dams 1 (Oued El Hma)
Upland lakes 24
Upland weirs/dams 3
Main produce for export
Flowers c. 12 million per year
Clams and shellfish landed 61 tonnes

Administrative divisions[edit]

Administratively, the governorate is divided into twelve delegations (mutamadiyat), eleven municipalities, six rural councils, and 75 sectors (imadas).[1] The delegations and their populations from the 2004 and 2014 censuses,[2] are listed below:

Delegation Population in 2004 Population in 2014
Ben Arous 32,329 31,128
Bou Mhel El Bassatine 27,977 40,101
El Mourouj 81,986 104,538
Ezzahra 31,792 34,962
Fouchana 56,628 74,868
Hammam Chôtt 24,847 31,858
Hammam Lif 38,401 42,518
La Nouvelle Medina 42,603 57,194
Megrine 24,031 26,720
Mohamedia 46,613 66,439
Mornag 53,709 61,518
Radès 44,857 59,998

Eleven municipalities are in Ben Arous Governorate:

Code Municipality Population
(2014)[4]
1311 Ben Arous 88,322
1312 El Mourouj 104,586
1313 Hammam Lif 42,518
1314 Hammam Chott 31,810
1315 Bou Mhel el-Bassatine 40,101
1316 Ezzahra 34,962
1317 Radès 59,794
1318 Mégrine 26,924
1319 Mohamedia-Fouchana 106,167
1320 Mornag 30,058
1321 Khalidia 8,470


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