Districts of Sierra Leone

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The provinces of Sierra Leone are divided into 16 districts, as of July 2017.[1][2] Previously, the country was divided into 14 districts. The Western Area is divided into two districts. Sierra Leone's capital Freetown is located in the Western Area of the country and its makes up the Western Area Urban District.

One traditional leader from each district occupies a seat in Sierra Leone's parliament. Each one of Sierra Leone's sixteen administrative districts (with the exception of the Western Area Urban District) is governed by a directly elected district council headed by a council chairman. The national capital Freetown, which makes up the Western Area Urban District, is governed by a directly elected city council headed by a mayor. The districts are further divided into a total of 190 (prior to 2017, 149) chiefdoms,[1] whose elected leaders provided most of local government from 1896 to 2004, when they were supplemented by elected local councils.

List of districts[edit]

The 16 Districts of Sierra Leone as of 2017
The 14 Districts of Sierra Leone before 2017
District Province Capital Area
Kailahun Eastern Kailahun 3,859 358,190 526,379
Kenema Eastern Kenema 6,053 497,948 609,891
Kono Eastern Koidu Town 5,641 335,401 506,100
Bombali Northern Makeni 7,895 408,390 606,544
Falaba Northern Bendugu 205,353
Koinadugu Northern Kabala 12,121 265,758 409,372
Tonkolili Northern Magburaka 7,003 347,197 531,435
Kambia North West Kambia 3,108 270,462 345,474
Karene North West Kamakwie 285,546
Port Loko North West Port Loko 5,719 453,746 615,376
Bo Southern Bo 5,219 463,668 575,478
Bonthe Southern Bonthe 3,468 139,687 200,781
Moyamba Southern Moyamba 6,902 260,910 318,588
Pujehun Southern Pujehun 4,105 228,392 346,461
Western Rural Western Waterloo 544 174,249 444,270
Western Urban Western Freetown 13 772,873 1,055,964

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  1. ^ a b "Sierra Leone unveils new geographical map". Africa Review. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  2. ^ "National Electoral Commission - Press Release" (PDF). 6 September 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ Sierra Leone at GeoHive Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "2015 Population and Housing Census Final Results" (PDF). Statistics Sierra Leone. Retrieved 6 July 2017.