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)
  • 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 five 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

Keur Massar Department was formed in May 2021.[5]

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
Dakar Plateau Fann-Point E-Amitié
Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane
Grand Dakar Biscuiterie
Grand Dakar
Hann-Bel Air
Parcelles Assainies Cambérène
Grand Yoff
Parcelles Assainies
Patte d'Oie
Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Golf Sud
Médina Gounass
Ndiarème Limoulaye
Sam Notaire
Wakhinane Nimzatt
Pikine Pikine Dagoudane Dalifort
Djidah-Thiaroye Kaw
Guinaw Rail Nord
Guinaw Rail Sud
Pikine Est
Pikine Nord
Pikine Ouest
Niayes Keur Massar
Malika [fr]
Yeumbeul Nord
Yeumbeul Sud
Thiaroye Diamaguène Sicap Mbao
Thiaroye Gare
Thiaroye Sur Mer
Tivaouane Diaksao
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Est
Rufisque Nord
Rufisque Ouest
Sangalkam Bargny
Jaxaay-Parcelle-Niakoul Rap
Sendou -
Bambylor 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.
  5. ^ Ndarinfo. "La création du département de Keur Massar officialisée". NDARINFO.COM | Les News du Sénégal et de l'Afrique (in French). Retrieved 2022-06-02.

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