Mpwapwa District

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This article is about the administrative district. For the market town, see Mpwapwa.
Mpwapwa District
Mpwapwa District's location within Dodoma Region.
Mpwapwa District's location within Dodoma Region.
Coordinates: 06°20′54″S 36°29′12″E / 6.34833°S 36.48667°E / -6.34833; 36.48667Coordinates: 06°20′54″S 36°29′12″E / 6.34833°S 36.48667°E / -6.34833; 36.48667
Country Tanzania
Region Dodoma Region
Population (2012)
 • Total 305,056

Mpwapwa District is one of the seven districts of the Dodoma Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by Kongwa District (site of the failed British groundnut scheme), to the east by Morogoro Region, to the south by Iringa Region, and to the west by Chamwino District. Its district capital is the town of Mpwapwa.

According to the 2012 Tanzania National Census, the population of Mpwapwa District was 305,056.[1]

According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Mpwapwa District was 254,500.[2]


Most Mpwapwa residents live on the central plateau at about 3,500ft above sea level, though others, mainly from the minority Hehe ethnic group,[citation needed] live atop the 7,000ft mountains that benefit from better rainfall. The district is fairly arid and only gets good rains 2 years out of every 7.[citation needed]


Paved trunk road T5 from Dodoma to Iringa passes through the southern part of the district.[3]

The central railway of Tanzania passes through Mpwapwa District as well, with one station being located in Gulwe.[4]

Administrative subdivisions[edit]

As of 2012, Mpwapwa District was administratively divided into 30 wards.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Census 2012". National Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "2002 Population and Housing Census: General Report". Government of Tanzania. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-01-02. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Dodoma Roads Network" (PDF). Tanroads. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Railways Network". Tanzania Railways Limited. Retrieved 17 June 2016.