Mkoa wa Mbeya (Swahili)
Tea fields in Tukuyu
Location in Tanzania
|• 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)|
|• Density||43/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EAT (UTC+3)|
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.: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.:page 4 It was also tied for the eighteenth most densely populated region with 45 people per square kilometer.:page 6 Prior to 2016, it covered an area of 62,420 square kilometres (24,100 sq mi).
In 2016, Songwe Region was created from the western part of Mbeya Region, including the districts of Ileje, Mbozi and Momba. 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.
In 2012, the region was administratively divided into eight districts:
|Districts of Mbeya Region|
- Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Statistical Abstract 2011, Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Mwakyusa, Alvar (4 February 2016). "Songwe is new region - with four districts". Daily News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- "Welcome to Mbeya Region". Mbeya Regional Commissioner Office. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
- Kitabu cha Mawasiliano Serikalini, Tanzania Government Directory, 2012, page 173
- Peak Resources - Maiden Resource, Ngualla Rare Earth Project, ASX Announcement, 29 February 2012
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