According to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, the population of the Ruangwa District was 124,516.
The Ruangwa District is administratively divided into 22 wards:
The region boasts an abundance of minerals and a huge agricultural potential. Being in the Ruvuma basin it has large deposits of graphite, uranium among other commercially demanded minerals. With the discovery of minerals, the area has seen an influx of people working in the sector. This has put a pressure on existing social amenities such as hotels, guest houses and lodges. The road network is still poor as tarmarc is less than 5 kilometers. The prime minister being the member of parliament for the area, rapid developments are expected as works on the road linking Ruangwa to Masasi is being constructed to tarmac level. Huge potentials lie in the area as it is rapidly opening up.
- "Ruangwa District Homepage for the 2002 Tanzania National Census". Archived from the original on 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2006-11-24.
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