Nishigō, Fukushima

Nishigō (西郷村, Nishigō-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018, the village had an estimated population of 20,343 in 7757 households [1] and a population density of 103 persons per km2. The total area of the village was 192.06 square kilometres (74.15 sq mi)..

Nishigō

西郷村
Nishigō Village Hall
Nishigō Village Hall
Flag of Nishigō
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Official seal of Nishigō
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Location of Nishigō in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Nishigō in Fukushima Prefecture
Nishigō is located in Japan
Nishigō
Nishigō
 
Coordinates: 37°8′30.1″N 140°9′19.3″E / 37.141694°N 140.155361°E / 37.141694; 140.155361Coordinates: 37°8′30.1″N 140°9′19.3″E / 37.141694°N 140.155361°E / 37.141694; 140.155361
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictNishishirakawa
Area
 • Total192.06 km2 (74.15 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2018)
 • Total20,343
 • Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeQuercus dentata
• FlowerLysichiton camtschatcensis, rhododendron
• BirdGreen pheasant
Phone number0248-52-2111
AddressKumakura Orikuchihara 40-banchi Nishigō-mura, Nishishirakawa-gun, Fukushima-ken 961-8091
WebsiteOfficial website

GeographyEdit

Nishigō is located in the flatlands of south-central Fukushima prefecture, bordered by Tochigi Prefecture to the south. Nishigō has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Nishigō is 10.0 °C (50.0 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,438 mm (56.6 in) with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.4 °C (77.7 °F), and lowest in January, at around 0.9 °C (33.6 °F).[2]

  • Mountains: Sanbonyaridake (1916.9m)
  • Rivers: Abukuma River
  • Lakes: Nishigō Dam, Akasaka Dam

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] , the population of Nishigō has increased over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 10,454
1980 12,744
1990 16,194
2000 18,642
2010 19,767

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Nishigō was part of ancient Mutsu Province. The area was part of the holdings of Shirakawa Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Nishishirakawa District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.

Modern Nishigō Village was formed on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system.

EconomyEdit

Nishigō has a mixed economy of agriculture and light/precision manufacturing.

EducationEdit

Nishigō has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school; however, the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education does operate one special education school.

  • Nishigō First Middle School
  • Nishigō Second Middle School
  • Kawatani Middle School
  • Odakura Elementary School
  • Kumakura Elementary School
  • Yone Elementary School,
  • Habuto Elementary School
  • Kawatani Elementary School

TransportationEdit

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Notable people from NishigōEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Nishigō, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

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