Wadla is one of the woredas in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia; it is named for the former district which lay roughly in the same area. Part of the Semien Wollo Zone, Wadla is bordered on the southeast by Delanta, on the southwest by Dawunt, on the north by Meket, and on the northeast by Guba Lafto. The major town in Wadla is Kone.
The altitude of this woreda ranges from 700 to 3200 meters above sea level. It lies in the watershed of the Bashilo; rivers include the Zhit'a. Wadla, as well as the other seven rural woredas of this Zone, has been grouped amongst the 48 woredas.
Based on the 2007 national census conducted by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), this woreda has a total population of 128,170, an increase of over the 1994 census, of whom 64,574 are men and 63,596 women; 4,291 or 3.35% are urban inhabitants. With an area of 855.29 square kilometers, Wadla has a population density of 149.86, which is greater than the Zone average of 123.25 persons per square kilometer. A total of 28,414 households were counted in this woreda, resulting in an average of 4.51 persons to a household, and 27,481 housing units. The majority of the inhabitants practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, with 97.08% reporting that as their religion, while 2.9% of the population said they were Muslim.
The 1994 national census reported a total population for this woreda of 106,681 in 24,473 households, of whom 54,760 were men and 51,921 were women; 1,506 or 1.41% of its population were urban dwellers. The largest ethnic group reported in Wadla was the Amhara (99.94%). Amharic was spoken as a first language by 99.95%. The majority of the population practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity with 96.21% reported to profess this belief, while 3.78% of the population said they were Muslim.
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- Census 2007 Tables: Amhara Region, Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4.
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Amhara Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.10, 2.13, 2.17, Annex II.2 (accessed 9 April 2009)