Location of Kartepe district in Kocaeli province
|Elevation||10 m (35 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
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Kartepe (literally Snowy hill referring to mountains to the south) is situated at 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 as of 2010.to the east of
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.
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
There are 10 villages in the rural area of the district. The total population (urban+rural) of the district is 93,809.
- "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.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "Turkstat". Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
- Mayor's page (Turkish)