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The Sidama region is one of the regional states (kililoch) of Ethiopia. It was formed on 18 June 2020 from the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and transformation of the Sidama Zone after a referendum vote in favour of increased autonomy in the 2019. 

Towns in Sidama include Awasa, the capital of Sidama and SNNPRS, Yirgalem, Wondogenet, Chuko, Hula, Bona, Bursa, Bensa, and Aleta Wendo.  Awasa, the capital of Sidama and SNNPRS, is the largest city, with a population of more than 335,000 people. Sidama has a population of around 3.2 million in 2017 who speak the Cushitic languages Sidama (also known as Sidaamu Afoo).

Sidama region is the leading coffee producing region in Ethiopia. It is generally a fertile area, varying from flat land (warm to hot) to highland (warm to cold). Economically, most are subsistence farmers. Cattle especially is a measure of wealth. The false banana or "enset", along with maize, as well as fermented cows' milk and butter, are the major staple foods of the Sidama.

Sidama Region Major Cities and Population

No. City Name 2013 Population 2017 Population Est.
1 Awasa (Hawassa) 225,700 335,508
2 Yirga Alem 43,600 64,507
3 Wondo Genet N/A 49,053
4 Chuko N/A 40,000

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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