Dakar Region

Dakar Region (French: Région de Dakar) is the smallest and most populated Region of Senegal, encompassing the capital city of the country, Dakar, and all its suburbs along the Cap–Vert Peninsula, Africa's most westerly point.

Dakar Region

Région de Dakar
Official seal of Dakar Region
Map of the departments of the Dakar region of Senegal.png
Coordinates: 14°45′N 17°20′W / 14.750°N 17.333°W / 14.750; -17.333Coordinates: 14°45′N 17°20′W / 14.750°N 17.333°W / 14.750; -17.333
 • Regional presidentAbdoulaye Faye (PDS; since 2002)
 • Total547 km2 (211 sq mi)
 (2013 Census)[1]
 • Total3,137,196
 • Estimate 
 • Rank1st
 • Density5,700/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
 • Density rank1st
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
ISO 3166-2
Communes7,[3] plus 2 communautés rurales
Communes d'arrondissement43[3]
HDI (2017)0.617[4]
medium · 1st


The Dakar region is divided into four départements (administrative structures without political power, unlike the French départements). The départements had the following areas and populations at the Census of 2013:

Département Area (km2) Population
Census 2013
Dakar 79 1,146,053
Guédiawaye 13 329,659
Pikine 87 1,170,791
Rufisque 372 490,694
Total Région de Dakar 547 3,137,196

Dakar departmentEdit

Dakar Department is also a commune (city). This is a situation comparable to Paris which is both a department and a commune. The department/commune of Dakar is further divided into:

  • 4 arrondissements, which are administrative structures without much power. The arrondissements are further divided into:
    • 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. "communes of arrondissement"). The communes d'arrondissement have a lot of power, unlike the arrondissements of Paris, and are more comparable to the London boroughs.

Guédiawaye departmentEdit

Guédiawaye Department is also a commune (city). This department has only one arrondissement, so that Guédiawaye is both a department and an arrondissement. The department /arrondissement/commune of Guédiawaye is further divided into:

  • 5 communes d'arrondissement

Pikine departmentEdit

Pikine Department is also a commune (city). The department /commune of Pikine is further divided into:

  • 3 arrondissements, which are further divided into:
    • 16 communes d'arrondissement

Rufisque departmentEdit

Rufisque Department is made up of two arrondissements and six urban communes:

  • Rufisque arrondissement, which is also a commune (city). The arrondissement/commune of Rufisque is divided into 3 communes d'arrondissement:
    • Rufisque Centre (Nord)
    • Rufisque Est
    • Rufisque Ouest
  • Bambylor arrondissement, which, administratively speaking, is the only rural part of the Dakar region. The Bambylor arrondissement is divided into 3 communautés rurales (i.e. "rural communities"):
    • Yène
    • Bambylor
    • Tivaouane Peulh-Niaga
  • The six communes of Bargny, Sébikotane, Diamniadio, Jaxaay-Parcelle-Niakoul Rap, Sangalkam and Sendou

Table of Administrative Sub-divisionsEdit

Administrative Divisions of the Dakar Region
Département Commune Arrondissement Commune d'arrondissement Communauté rurale
Department/ County / State City Borough Neighborhood Rural Borough
Dakar Dakar Almadies Mermoz-Sacré-Cœur
Almadies Ngor
Almadies Ouakam
Almadies Yoff
Dakar Plateau Fann-Point E-Amitié
Dakar Plateau Gorée
Dakar Plateau Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane
Dakar Plateau Médina
Dakar Plateau Plateau
Grand Dakar Biscuiterie
Grand Dakar Dieuppeul-Derklé
Grand Dakar Grand Dakar
Grand Dakar Hann-Bel Air
Grand Dakar HLM
Grand Dakar Sicap-Liberté
Parcelles Assainies Cambérène
Parcelles Assainies Grand Yoff
Parcelles Assainies Parcelles Assainies
Parcelles Assainies Patte d'Oie
Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Golf Sud
Guédiawaye Médina Gounass
Guédiawaye Ndiarème Limoulaye
Guédiawaye Sam Notaire
Guédiawaye Wakhinane Nimzatt
Pikine Pikine Dagoudane Arrondissement Dalifort
Dagoudane Djidah-Thiaroye Kaw
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Nord
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Sud
Dagoudane Pikine Est
Dagoudane Pikine Nord
Dagoudane Pikine Ouest
Niayes Keur Massar
Niayes Malika [fr]
Niayes Yeumbeul Nord
Niayes Yeumbeul Sud
Thiaroye Diamaguène Sicap Mbao
Thiaroye Mbao
Thiaroye Thiaroye Gare
Thiaroye Thiaroye Sur Mer
Thiaroye Tivaouane Diaksao
Rufisque Bargny Rufisque
Diamnadio Rufisque
Jaxaay-Parcelle-Niakoul Rap Rufisque
Sangalkam Rufisque
Sébikotane Rufisque
Sendou Rufisque
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Est
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Nord
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Ouest
Bambylor Bambylor
Bambylor Yène
Bambylor Tivaouane Peulh-Niaga


Within the Dakar 'region, the only politically significant units (i.e. those who have elected officials and wield a significant power) are: the 7 communes, the 2 communautés rurales, and the 43 communes d'arrondissement.


  1. ^ National Statistics Agency. "Population Projections 2013-2063" (PDF). Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  2. ^ National Statistics Agency. "Population Projections 2013-2063" (PDF). Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c As of December 2005
  4. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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