Central River Division

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Central River
Location of Central River Division in the Gambia
Location of Central River Division in the Gambia
Coordinates: 13°34′N 14°47′W / 13.567°N 14.783°W / 13.567; -14.783
Country  Gambia
Capital Janjanbureh
 • Total 2,894.3 km2 (1,117.5 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)
 • Total 226,018
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Area code(s) (+220) 5

Central River was the largest of the five administrative divisions of the Gambia. Its capital was Janjanbureh (formerly Georgetown), on MacCarthy Island. The largest settlement was Bansang, with an estimated population in 2008 of 8,381.[1]

Until 1995 the division was known as MacCarthy Island Division, which had been established as one of five administrative areas of Gambia Protectorate in the early 20th century. It was located on both sides of the Gambia River, and its total population in 2013 was 239,916[2]


Districts of Central River

Central River was divided into 10 districts:

It has subsequently been divided into two Local Government Areas (Janjanbureh in the east and Kuntaur in the west), each containing five of the above districts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". . Retrieved on November 9, 2008
  2. ^ Hughes, Arnold; Perfect, David, eds. (2008). "Central River Division (CRD)". Historical Dictionary of The Gambia. African Historical Dictionaries. 109. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 34. 

Coordinates: 13°34′15″N 14°57′47″W / 13.57083°N 14.96306°W / 13.57083; -14.96306