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Location of Kartepe district in Kocaeli province
Location of Kartepe district in Kocaeli province
Kartepe is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 40°44′N 29°58′E / 40.733°N 29.967°E / 40.733; 29.967Coordinates: 40°44′N 29°58′E / 40.733°N 29.967°E / 40.733; 29.967
Country  Turkey
Province Kocaeli Province
Elevation 10 m (35 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Urban 91,375
 • District 99,410
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 41250
Area code(s) 0262
Licence plate 41

Kartepe is a town and district of Kocaeli Province, Turkey. The mayor is Şükrü Karabalık (AKP).


Kartepe (literally Snowy hill referring to mountains to the south) is situated at 40°44′N 29°58′E / 40.733°N 29.967°E / 40.733; 29.967 to the east of Kocaeli Gulf. It is almost merged to İzmit, the province center and it included in Greater Kocaeli (see Metropolitan centers in Turkey). Kartepe Mountains are to the south and Sapanca Lake is to the east of Kartepe. The urban population of Kartepe is 85847[3] as of 2010.


Kartepe, then known as Köseköy, was founded in 1600s. After the Population exchange between Greece and Turkey agreement, Turks from Greece were settled in Köseköy in 1920s. Later people from Black Sea coast were also settled around Köseköy. Being a part of industrial area the population increased and in 1970 it was declared a seat of township. In 2008 it was merged to nearby towns, renamed as Kartepe and became a district center of Kocaeli Province. The municipality of Kartepe is now an intracity municipality of Greater Kocaeli.[4]


Industrial estates around Kartepe constitute the major revenue of the city. Another important sector is mountain tourism. Although Kartepe is founded in the low plains the mountains at the south serve as winter sports complex for nearby İstanbul citizens.

The rural area of the district[edit]

There are 10 villages in the rural area of the district. The total population (urban+rural) of the district is 93,809.[3]


  1. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Turkstat". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Mayor's page (Turkish)

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