List of cities and towns in Namibia

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Map of Namibia
Windhoek, Capital of Namibia

Cities and towns in Namibia are distinguished by the status the Government of Namibia has vested in them: Places in Namibia that are governed by a municipality are cities, places with a town council are towns.[1]

Cities[edit]

As of 2015 Namibia has thirteen cities, each of them governed by a municipality council that has between 7 and 15 seats. Compared to towns, cities have the authority to set up facilities like public transport, housing schemes, museums, and libraries without the approval of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development. They may also decide to privatise certain services and to enter into joint ventures with the private sector without asking for explicit approval. The thirteen cities are:[2]

Cities in Namibia
City Region Census 1991 Census 2001 Census 2011
Windhoek Khomas 147,056 233,529 325,858
Walvis Bay Erongo 22,999 43,611 62,096
Swakopmund Erongo 17,681 23,808 44,725
Henties Bay Erongo
Omaruru Erongo
Otjiwarongo Otjozondjupa 15,921 19,614 28,249
Okahandja Otjozondjupa 11,040 14,039 22,639
Grootfontein Otjozondjupa
Mariental Hardap
Outjo Kunene
Gobabis Omaheke
Tsumeb Oshikoto
Keetmanshoop ǁKaras 15,032 15,778 20,977

Towns[edit]

As of 2015 Namibia has 26 towns, each of them governed by a town council that has between 7 and 12 seats. Compared to villages, towns have the authority to set up facilities like ambulance and fire fighting services and electricity supply without the approval of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development. They are also responsible fo erecting and maintaining community buildings, and they may buy and sell movable property without asking for explicit approval. The 26 towns are:[2]

Towns in Namibia
Town Region Census 1991 Census 2001 Census 2011
Karasburg ǁKaras
Lüderitz ǁKaras
Oranjemund ǁKaras
Arandis Erongo
Karibib Erongo
Usakos Erongo
Aranos Hardap
Rehoboth Hardap 21,439 21,308 28,843
Rundu Kavango East 19,366 36,964 63,431
Nkurenkuru Kavango West
Khorixas Kunene
Opuwo Kunene
Eenhana Ohangwena
Helao Nafidi Ohangwena
Okahao Omusati
Oshikuku Omusati
Outapi Omusati
Ruacana Omusati
Oshakati Oshana 21,603 28,255 36,541
Ondangwa Oshana 7,926 10,900 22,822
Ongwediva Oshana 6,197 10,742 20,260
Omuthiya Oshikoto
Oniipa Oshikoto
Okakarara Otjozondjupa
Otavi Otjozondjupa
Katima Mulilo Zambezi 13,377 22,134 28,362

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Literature[edit]

  1. ^ Hartman, Adam (27 Aug 2010). "Town regrading a ‘sad move’". The Namibian. 
  2. ^ a b "Know Your Local Authority". Election Watch (3) (Institute for Public Policy Research). 2015. p. 4. 

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