Mbeya Region

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Mbeya Region
Mkoa wa Mbeya  (Swahili)
Tea fields in Tukuyu
Tea fields in Tukuyu
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Country Tanzania
Zone Southern Highlands
Capital Mbeya
 • Regional Commissioner Amos Gabriel Makalla
 • Total 62,420 km2 (24,100 sq mi)
 • Land 60,350 km2 (23,300 sq mi)
 • Water 2,070 km2 (800 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,707,410
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Postcode 53xxx
Area code(s) 025
Website mbeya.go.tz

Mbeya Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. It is located in the country's southwest. The regional capital is the city of Mbeya. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 2,707,410, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 2,822,396.[1]:page 2 For 2002-2012, the region's 2.7 percent average annual population growth rate was tied for the tenth highest in the country.[1]:page 4 It was also tied for the eighteenth most densely populated region with 45 people per square kilometer.[1]:page 6 Prior to 2016, it covered an area of 62,420 square kilometres (24,100 sq mi).[2]

In 2016, Songwe Region was created from the western part of Mbeya Region, including the districts of Ileje, Mbozi and Momba.[3] Mbeya Region is now bordered to the northwest by Tabora Region, to the northeast by Singida Region, to the east by Iringa Region, to the south by Zambia and Malawi, and to the west by Songwe Region.[4]

The commissioner for the Mbeya Region is Amos Gabriel Makalla.[5]


In 2012, the region was administratively divided into eight districts:

Districts of Mbeya Region
Map District Population (2012)
Tanzania Mbeya location map2.svg Chunya 290,478
Ileje 124,451
Kyela 221,490
Mbarali 300,517
Mbeya 690,598
Mbozi 446,339
Momba 294,380
Rungwe 339,157
Total 2,707,410

After the 2016 reorganization, Mbeya now comprises seven districts: Busokelo, Chunya, Kyela, Mbarali, Mbeya City, Mbeya Rural, and Rungwe.[4]


It was announced in February 2012 that the collapsed volcano approximately 200 km north of Mbeya, Mount Ngualla, contained one of the largest rare earth oxide deposits in the world.[6]


Coordinates: 8°30′S 33°00′E / 8.500°S 33.000°E / -8.500; 33.000