Grand Bassa County

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Grand Bassa County
Flag of Grand Bassa County
Location in Liberia
Location in Liberia
Coordinates: 6°15′N 9°45′W / 6.250°N 9.750°W / 6.250; -9.750
Country Liberia
 • SuperintendentJanjay Baikpeh
 • Total7,936 km2 (3,064 sq mi)
 (2022 census)
 • Total293,557
 • Density37/km2 (96/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
HDI (2018)0.395[1]
low · 13th of 15

Grand Bassa is a county in the west-central portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has eight districts. Buchanan serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 3,064 square miles (7,940 km2).[2] As of the 2022 Census, it had a population of 293,557, making it the sixth most populous county in Liberia.[3][2]

Grand Bassa's County Superintendent is Janjay Baikpeh.[4] The county is bordered by Margibi County to the northwest, Bong County to the north, Nimba County to the east, and Rivercess County to the south and east. The western part of Grand Bassa borders the Atlantic Ocean.


The port of Buchanan was constructed by LAMCO to serve the export of iron ore carried through the railway from Nimba. The civil war destroyed the port, railway, and township built by LAMCO. In 2005, LAMCO's facilities were taken over by Arcelor-Mittal, which has begun a gradual reconstruction. The once bustling port became a ghost town until the arrival of Arcelor-Mittal and the consequent prospects of employment. Under terms of a 2005 agreement with the national government, Arcelor-Mittal will give USD$1 million each year to the county for iron ore exploitation,[5] though these terms were revised in 2007.[6]

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Districts of Grand Bassa County include (2008 population):[2]

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  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ a b c "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
  3. ^ "Liberia: Counties, Major Cities, Towns & Urban Areas - Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information". Retrieved 2024-01-16.
  4. ^ Senkpeni, Alpha Daffae (2018-12-30). "Grand Bassa 'Youthful' Superintendent Relishing Challenge of Leading County". FrontPageAfrica. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  5. ^ "Liberia: Mittal Steel Cruises Through Finally". The Analyst. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  6. ^ "Better iron ore deal for Liberia". Mining Exploration News. Retrieved 2008-09-15.

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