West Aceh Regency is a regency (Indonesian: kabupaten) in the Aceh special region of Indonesia. The regency currently covers an area of 2,927.95 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 173,558; the latest estimate (as at 2014) is 182,721. These figures include the city of Meulaboh, which was the seat of the regency government until 8 July 2013 when it was separated out as an independent city. The regency is a palm oil producing area. Some of the people of the regency are Minangkabau-descended Aneuk Jamee.