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Pallisa is located in Uganda
Location in Uganda
Coordinates: 01°10′03″N 33°42′36″E / 1.16750°N 33.71000°E / 1.16750; 33.71000
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
District Pallisa District
Elevation 3,510 ft (1,070 m)
Population (2014 Census)
 • Total 32,681[1]

Pallisa is a town in Eastern Uganda. It is the 'chief town' of Pallisa District. The district is named after the town.


Pallisa is located approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi), by road, west of Mbale, the largest city in the sub-region.[2] This location lies approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.[3] The coordinates of the town are:01 10 03N, 33 42 36E (Latitude:1.1675; Longitude:33.7100).


The town of Pallisa, lies in a rural area with extremely limited public transportation. The town has a population of about 30,000, scattered across the surrounding area, for a radius of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). The main industry there is schooling. In fact, the town swells to around 40,000 when school is in session. Kids come from all around to go to one of the twenty or so secondary schools in the area, where they board in huts rented to them by the local villagers. Students live in mud and grass huts, two to four students per hut, fending entirely for themselves while going to school.[4] Pallisa is the sister city of Hudson, New York.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of the town at about 23,650. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), estimated the population of the town of Pallisa to be approximately 31,200. In 2011, UBOS estimated the mid-year population of the town at 32,300.[5] In 2014, the national population census put the town's population at 32,681.[1]

Points of interest[edit]

The following points of interest lie within the town limits or near its borders:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UBOS, . (29 November 2014). "The Population of The Regions of the Republic of Uganda And All Cities And Towns of More Than 15,000 Inhabitants". Quoting Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Road Distance Between Mbale And Pallisa With Map". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Map Showing Kampala And Pallisa With Distance Marker". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Nawonga, Susan (23 April 2014). "Government Reboots Education Standards in Eastern Uganda". Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ UBOS, . 2011 "Estimated Population of Pallisa In 2002, 2010 & 2011" (PDF). Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 01°10′03″N 33°42′36″E / 1.16750°N 33.71000°E / 1.16750; 33.71000