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Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa is Ethiopiab second-largest city, with a population exceeding 377,000, but the administrative boundaries of the city-state cover an area of around 130 square km, boosting the total to 395,000. Surrounded on all sides by the region of Oromia, the dominant ethnic group of this cosmopolitan city is the Oromo (48%), but there are also substantial Amhara, Somali and Gurage populations. Amhara is the official language of Dire Dawa, and Muslims outnumber Christians by a ratio of 2:1.

Dire Dawa Region Major Cities and Population

No. City Name 2013 Population 2017 Population Est.
1 Dire Dawa (Dire Dewa) 269,100 293,000

Regional States and Chartered Cities of Ethiopia

No. Region Capital City Status Area (Sq. Kilometers) Population 2017 Est.
1 Addis Ababa Addis Ababa City 527 3,434,000
2 Afar Asayita State 72,053 1,812,002
3 Amhara Bahir Dar State 154,709 21,134,988
4 Benishangul-Gumuz Asosa State 50,699 1,066,001
5 Dire Dawa Dire Dawa City 1,559 466,000
6 Gambela Gambela State 29,783 435,999
7 Harari Harar State 334 246,000
8 Oromia Addis Ababa State 284,538 35,467,001
9 Somali Jijiga State 279,252 5,748,998
10 Tigray Mekele State 84,722 5,247,005
11 Southern Nations Nationalities and People (SNNPR) Awasa State 93,476 15,970,007
12 Sidama Awasa State 12,000 3,200,000



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