Karesi is a new intracity district and second level municipality in Balıkesir Province, Turkey. According to Law act no 6360, all Turkish provinces with a population more than 750000, were declared metropolitan municipality. The law also created new districts within the capital city which have second level municipalities in addition the metropolitan municipality. . Karesi is one of them.
Thus after 2014 the present Balıkesir central district was named Karesi and the name Balıkesir was reserved for the metropolitan municipality. (Karesi was the name of a short-lived -14th-century Turkmen beylik around Balıkesir.)
There were 2 towns and 40 villages in Karesi district. Now their status became "neighborhood of Karesi". As of 2013 the population of Karesi was 167,549.|