|Nickname(s): "Oil City"|
|Motto: Oil is our Pride|
|• Mayor||Grace Mary Mugasa|
|Elevation||3,674.54 ft (1,120 m)|
|Population (2014 Census)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
Hoima is a municipal town in the Western Region of Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative, and commercial center of Hoima District. It is also the location of the palace of the Omukama of Bunyoro.
Hoima is approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi), by road, northwest of Kampala, Uganda's largest city, on an all-weather tarmac highway. The coordinates of the town are 1°25'55.0"N 31°21'09.0"E (Latitude:1.431944; Longitude:31.352500).
According to the 2002 national census, the population of Hoima was about 27,930. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town at 40,600. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of Hoima at 42,600. On 27 August 2014, the national population census put Hoima's population at 100,625.
Between 2000 and 2009, a considerable amount of oil deposits, estimated at between 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion barrels, have been discovered in Lake Albert and on the shores of the lake in Hoima District and the neighboring Buliisa District. An oil refinery, the Uganda Oil Refinery, is planned in Kabaale Village, Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima District, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) west of Hoima. An oil pipeline, the Uganda-Kenya Crude Oil Pipeline, is also planned to evacuate crude oil to the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Lamu. Consequently, Hoima is poised to become a hub of economic activity.
Because of the increased economic activity in the area, Hoima has been upgraded to municipality status, with increased infrastructure to handle the new businesses and new residents. Land prices, rental rates, and other real estate costs in Hoima have gone up recently, as demand for real estate in the town and surrounding areas has increased.
Points of interest
The following additional points of interest are found within the town limits or close to the edges of town:
- headquarters of Hoima District Administration
- offices of Hoima Town Council
- a branch of the National Social Security Fund
- Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, a 250-bed public hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
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