Budaka District

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Budaka District
Coordinates: 01°00′N 33°54′E / 1.000°N 33.900°E / 1.000; 33.900Coordinates: 01°00′N 33°54′E / 1.000°N 33.900°E / 1.000; 33.900
Country  Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Capital Budaka
 • Land 410.4 km2 (158.5 sq mi)
Elevation 1,080 m (3,540 ft)
Population (2012 Estimate)
 • Total 178,900
 • Density 435.9/km2 (1,129/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website budaka.go.ug

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


Budaka district is bordered by Pallisa District to the north, Mbale District to the east, Butaleja District to the south and Kibuku District to the west.[1] Budaka, where the district headquarters are located, lies approximately 36 kilometres (22 mi), by road, west of Mbale, the largest city in the sub-region.[2] The coordinates of the district are:01 00N, 33 54E.


The district was created by Act of Parliament and became operational on 1 July 2005. Formerly part of Pallisa District, Budaka District was created out of the former Budaka County. It consists of the following seven sub-counties: 1. Budaka Sub-County 2. Iki-Iki Sub-County 3. Naboa Sub-County 4. Lyama Sub-County 5. Kaderuna Sub-County 6. Kamonkoli Sub-County and 7. Kameruka Sub-County. The district has one town council, Budaka.

Budaka District covers a total area of 410.4 square kilometres (158.5 sq mi). It lies at an altitude between 910 metres (2,990 ft) and 1,220 metres (4,000 ft) above sea level. The district is densely populated and as of 2012, has an estimated average population density of 435.9 square kilometres (168.3 sq mi).


In 1991, the national population census estimated the population of the district at about 100,300. The 2002 national census estimated the population of the district at approximately 136,500, with an annual population growth rate of 2.8%. In 2012, the population of Budaka District was estimated at approximately 178,900.[3] The predominant ethnicity in the district are the Bagwere. The table below illustrates how the population in the district has grown during the first decade in the 2000s. All numbers are estimates.

Budaka District Population Trends
Year Est. Pop.
2002 136,500
2003 140,300
2004 144,200
2005 148,200
Year Est. Pop.
2006 152,300
2007 156,600
2008 161,000
2009 165,500
Year Est. Pop.
2010 170,100
2011 174,900

Economic activities[edit]

Crop agriculture is the main economic activity in the district, occupying 86% of the population according to the 2002 national census. The main crops grown include:

In 2009, a tile and brick manufacturing plant was opened at Kamonkoli by Uganda Clays Limited. The factory employs over 200 people.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda District Map
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Mbale And Budaka With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estimated Population of Budaka District In 1991, 2002 & 2012". Citypopulation.de. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Muwanga, David (12 April 2009). "Uganda Clays Opens New Factory". New Vision. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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