|Elevation||2,043 m (6,703 ft)|
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For the other town of Negele in Ethiopia, see Negele Boran.
Negele Arsi (or Arsi Negele) is a town in southeastern Ethiopia. Located in the Mirab Arsi Zone of the Oromia Region on the paved highway north of Shashamane, this town has a longitude and latitude of and an elevation of 2043 meters above sea level. It is the administrative center of Arsi Negele woreda.
Negele Arsi has had electrical power since the 1950s, as well as telephone and postal service by 1967. The town's economic catchment extends beyond the woreda, attracting peasants from Shashamene woreda who trade cereal and potatoes for cattle and seeds at the weekly market, which is held each Monday.
Prince Sahle Selassie was a very substantial landowner around Negele Arsi. By the early 1970s, half of Arsi Negele wereda was owned by his descendants. The town was used as a mobilization point for units of the regular army during 1971, whence they responded to the disorders that followed evictions when landowners mechanised farms.
Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Negele Arsi has an estimated total population of 42,054, of whom 21,120 are men and 20,934 are women. According to the 1994 national census, the town had a population of 23,512, of whom 11,425 were men and 12,058 were women.
- "Local History in Ethiopia" (pdf) The Nordic Africa Institute website (accessed 27 May 2008)
- "Ethiopian Village Studies II: Turufe Kecheme, Shashemene Wereda, East Shewa Zone, Oromia Region", pp. 30, 50 Wellbeing in Developing Countries, Ethiopia website (accessed 10 September 2009)
- CSA 2005 National Statistics, Table B.4
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