Rakai District

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Rakai District
District location in Uganda
District location in Uganda
Coordinates: 00°43′S 31°24′E / 0.717°S 31.400°E / -0.717; 31.400
Country  Uganda
Region Central Uganda
Capital Rakai
Population (2010 Estimate)
 • Total 466,300
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Website Homepage

Rakai District is a district in Central Uganda. Like most other Ugandan districts, it is named after its 'chief town', Rakai.


Rakai District borders Lyantonde District to the northwest, Lwengo District to the north, Masaka District to the northeast, Kalangala District to the east, the Kagera Region in the Republic of Tanzania to the south, Isingiro District to the southwest and Kiruhura District to the northwest.[1] Rakai, the location of the district headquarters, lies approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi), by road, southwest of Masaka, the largest city in the sub-region.[2] The coordinates of the district are:00 43S, 31 24E.


Due to its proximity to Uganda's border with Tanzania, the district experiences much cross border commercial traffic to and from Bukoba. The first recorded case of HIV in Uganda was in Rakai District and the district has been particularly hard hit by the disease. A number of medical research facilities are located here. In 2007, the northern part of the district known as Kabula County, was split off to form Lyantonde District.[3]


In 2002, the national census estimated the population of the district at 404,300, with an annual growth rate of 1.8%.[4] Given those statistics, it is estimated that in 2010, the population of the district was approximately 466,300. See table below:

Rakai District Population Trends
Year Estimated Population
2002 404,300
2003 411,600
2004 419,000
2005 426,500
2006 434,200
2007 442,000
2008 450,000
2009 458,100
2010 466,300


The district is divided into the following administrative units:

Economic activities[edit]

Subsistence agriculture is the dominant economic activity in the district, employing over 85% of the people. Crops grown include matooke, beans, cassava and potatoes for food while coffee is the main cash crop. Livestock raised includes cattle, goats, pigs and chicken.

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Coordinates: 00°43′S 31°24′E / 0.717°S 31.400°E / -0.717; 31.400