Simiyu Region

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Coordinates: 1°55′S 31°18′E / 1.917°S 31.300°E / -1.917; 31.300

Simiyu Region
Mkoa wa Simiyu  (Swahili)
Location in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
 • Regional CommissionerDavid Kafulila(2021)
 • Total25,212 km2 (9,734 sq mi)
 • Total1,584,157
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)028
HDI (2018)0.490[1]
low · 20th of 25
WebsiteRegional website

Simiyu Region is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the town of Bariadi. Simiyu Region is named after the Simiyu River. The region is home to the Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, shared with Mara Region. The region was created in March 2012,[2] from part of Shinyanga Region.

According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,584,157.[3]: page 2  For 2002–2012, the region's 1.8 percent average annual population growth rate was the twenty-third-highest in the country.[3]: page 4  It was also the fifteenth-most-densely-populated region with 63 people per square kilometer.[3]: page 6 


The region is administratively divided into five districts:[2][4]

Districts of Simiyu Region
Map with main roads in green District Population (2012 Census)
Simiyu-Region.svg Bariadi District 422,916
Busega District 203,597
Itilima District 313,900
Maswa District 344,125
Meatu District 299,619
Total 1,584,157

List of Regional Commissioners[edit]

List of Regional Commissioners(RC)
Year Full Name Note
2012 ??? TBA
2016 ??? TBA
2021 Anthony Mtaka Predecessor
2021 David Kafulila Current


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. ^ a b Staff (9 March 2012). "Tanzania: State Gazettes New Regions, Districts". Daily News. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23.
  3. ^ a b c Population Distribution by Administrative Units, United Republic of Tanzania, 2013 Archived 2013-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Postcodes Simiyu Region 39000" (PDF). Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). 2012.