Buton Regency

Buton Regency (Kabupaten Buton) is a regency of Indonesia's Southeast Sulawesi Province, lying entirely on Buton Island. Until 2014 it had an area of 2,681.22 km2, and a population estimated at 276,944 (for January 2014). However, in 2014 it was divided into three regencies, with two new regencies being cut out of it; the residual area now is 1,182.4 km2, and the districts in that area contained a population of 94,893 at the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as at 2018) is 114,596.[1]

Buton Regency

Kabupaten Buton
Official seal of Buton Regency
Location within Southeast Sulawesi
Location within Southeast Sulawesi
Buton Regency is located in Sulawesi
Buton Regency
Buton Regency
Location in Sulawesi and Indonesia
Buton Regency is located in Indonesia
Buton Regency
Buton Regency
Buton Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 5°09′31″S 121°55′51″E / 5.15861°S 121.93083°E / -5.15861; 121.93083
ProvinceSoutheast Sulawesi
CapitalPasar Wajo
 • RegentLa Bakry
 • Vice Regentvacant
 • Total1,182.40 km2 (456.53 sq mi)
 • Total114,596
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (ICST)
Area code(+62) 402

The capital is nominally at Pasar Wajo, but the administrative centre is in the city of Baubau on the south-west of the island, although that city is administratively separate from the Regency.


The Buton Regency was divided at 2010 into 21 districts (kecamatan), but in 2012 it was announced that the regency was to be split, with the southern seven districts split off to form a new Buton Selatan Regency, and seven other districts split off to form a new Buton Tengah Regency (although the latter does not contain any part of Buton Island). This division was made effective in 2014.

The remaining seven districts are tabulated below with their areas, their populations at the 2010 Census[2] and according to the latest (for 2015) estimates, and the location of their administrative centres.[3]

Name Area in
Census 2010
Lasalimu 317.29 10,290 9,625 Kamaru
Lasalimu Selatan
(South Lasalimu)
88.09 12,815 13,338 Ambuau
Siontapina 181.02 12,167 12,642 Matanauwe
Wolowa 65.02 4,946 5,177 Wolowa
Kapontori 113.00 12,619 13,126 Mataumpana
Pasar Wajo 356.40 37,067 38,610 Pasar Wajo
Wabula 51.58 4,989 5,152 Wabula


  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2016.

Coordinates: 5°09′31″S 121°55′51″E / 5.15861°S 121.93083°E / -5.15861; 121.93083