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Kuroishi (黒石市, Kuroishi-shi) is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2017, the city had an estimated population of 32,260 and a population density of 150 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 217.05 square kilometres (83.80 sq mi).

Kuroishi

黒石市
Nakamachi
Nakamachi
Flag of Kuroishi
Flag
Official seal of Kuroishi
Seal
Location of Kuroishi in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Kuroishi in Aomori Prefecture
Kuroishi is located in Japan
Kuroishi
Kuroishi
 
Coordinates: 40°38′33.4″N 140°36′40.7″E / 40.642611°N 140.611306°E / 40.642611; 140.611306Coordinates: 40°38′33.4″N 140°36′40.7″E / 40.642611°N 140.611306°E / 40.642611; 140.611306
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAomori
Area
 • Total217.05 km2 (83.80 sq mi)
Population
 (October 1, 2017)
 • Total32,260
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreePainted maple (Acer mono)
• FlowerApple (Malus domestica)
• BirdJapanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis)
Phone number0173-42-2111
Address11-1 Ichinomachi, Kuroishi-shi, Aomori-ken 036-0396
WebsiteOfficial website
Kuroishi City Hall
Aoni Onsen in the mountains of Kuroishi

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GeographyEdit

Kuroishi is located in west-central Aomori Prefecture. Part of the city is within the borders of the Kuroishi Onsenkyō Prefectural Natural Park. The city has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kuroishi is 9.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1343 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.9 °C.[1]

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Kuroishi has remained relatively steady over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 37,690
1980 40,755
1990 39,213
2000 39,059
2010 36,132

HistoryEdit

The area of Kuroishi was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain in the Edo period, and became the semi-independent Kuroishi Domain in 1809. After the Meiji Restoration, the town of Kuroishi was established in 1898 within Minamitsugaru District in Aomori Prefecture.

The modern city was founded on July 1, 1954, from the merger of the town of Kuroishi absorbing the villages of Nakago, Rokugo, Yamagata and Aseishi. On October 1, 1956, Kuroishi absorbed a portion of Onoe.

GovernmentEdit

Kuroishi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 16 members.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Kuroishi is heavily dependent on agriculture. The city serves as a minor regional commercial center. Agricultural produce includes rice and apples.

EducationEdit

Kuroishi has nine public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school.

TransportationEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Noted people from KuroishiEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kuroishi climate data
  2. ^ Kuroishi population statistics
  3. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Yeongcheon official home page". Sister cities. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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