List of districts in Turkey

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Districts of Turkey

The 81 provinces of Turkey are divided into 957 districts (ilçeler; sing. ilçe). In the early Turkish Republic and in the Ottoman Empire, the corresponding unit was the kaza.

The district bears the same name as the district capital (with the exception of the district of Antakya (in Hatay)).[citation needed] A district may cover both rural and urban areas. One district of a province is designated the central district (merkez ilçe) from which the district is administered; the central district is administered by an appointed provincial deputy governor and other the non-central districts by an appointed sub-governor (kaymakam) from their district center (ilçe merkezi) municipality. In central districts the district center municipality also serves as the provincial center municipality. Both the deputy governor and sub-governors are responsible to the province governor (vali).

Local government[edit]

Municipalities (belediye) can be created in, and are subordinate to, the districts in which they are located; each district has at least one municipality (belde) in the district center from which both the municipal government for that municipality and the district government is administered. A municipality is headed by an elected mayor (belediye başkanı) who administers the local government for defined municipal matters. More and more settlements which are outside district centers have municipalities as well, usually because their population requires one. A municipality's borders usually correspond to that of the urban settlement it covers, but may also include some undeveloped land.

Villages (köy) outside municipalities and quarters or neighborhoods (mahalle) within municipalities are the lowest level of local government, and are also the most numerous unit of local government in Turkey, they elect muhtars to care for specific administrative matters such as residence registration. The designation slightly differs (köy muhtarı for village muhtar, mahalle muhtarı for quarter muhtar) and the tasks, which are largely similar but are adapted to their locality.

There are büyükşehir belediyesi (or greater municipalities) for large cities like İstanbul or İzmir and consist of an extra administrative layer run by an elected head mayor, who oversees a number of municipalities and mayors.[citation needed]


List of districts with population[edit]

The districts and their populations (as of December 31, 2015) are listed below, by region and by province (with capital district in bold text).

In 16 provinces with greater municipality the total population of the province is not equal to the summation of all district populations. In greater municipalities some (in case of İstanbul and Kocaeli all) districts are within the capital city; those intracity districts are shown as " (central district) " . The population in central districts is also shown in the boldface capital city. In greater municipalities, the actual population of the province is the sum of all district populations except the boldface capital city.[citation needed] (This is true only for 30 greater municipalities; Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bursa, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mersin, Muğla, Ordu, Sakarya, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Van. For the remaining 51 provinces the population figures for districts add up to the total province population. See Metropolitan centers in Turkey)

Aegean Region[edit]

Aydın Subregion[edit]

Aydın Province[edit]
Districts of Aydın
Denizli Province[edit]
Districts of Denizli
Muğla Province[edit]
Districts of Muğla

İzmir Subregion[edit]

İzmir Province[edit]
Districts of İzmir

Manisa Subregion[edit]

Afyonkarahisar Province[edit]
Districts of Afyonkarahisar
Kütahya Province[edit]
Districts of Kütahya
Manisa Province[edit]
Districts of Manisa
Uşak Province[edit]
Districts of Uşak

Central Anatolia[edit]

Kayseri Subregion[edit]

Kayseri Province[edit]
Districts of Kayseri
Sivas Province[edit]
Yozgat Province[edit]

Kırıkkale Subregion[edit]

Aksaray Province[edit]
Kırıkkale Province[edit]
Kırşehir Province[edit]
Nevşehir Province[edit]
Niğde Province[edit]

Central-Eastern Anatolia[edit]

Malatya Subregion[edit]

Bingöl Province[edit]
Elazığ Province[edit]
Malatya Province[edit]
Tunceli Province[edit]

Van Subregion[edit]

Bitlis Province[edit]
Hakkâri Province[edit]
Muş Province[edit]
Van Province[edit]

Eastern Black Sea Region[edit]

Ordu Subregion[edit]

Giresun Province[edit]
Gümüşhane Province[edit]
Ordu Province[edit]

Trabzon Subregion[edit]

Artvin Province[edit]
Rize Province[edit]
Trabzon Province[edit]

Eastern Marmara Region[edit]

Bursa Subregion[edit]

Bilecik Province[edit]
Bursa Province[edit]
Eskişehir Province[edit]

Kocaeli Subregion[edit]

Bolu Province[edit]
Düzce Province[edit]
Kocaeli Province[edit]
Sakarya Province[edit]
Yalova Province[edit]

Istanbul Region[edit]

Istanbul Subregion[edit]

Istanbul Province[edit]

Mediterranean Region[edit]

Adana Subregion[edit]

Adana Province[edit]
Mersin Province[edit]

Antalya Subregion[edit]

Antalya Province[edit]
Burdur Province[edit]
Isparta Province[edit]

Hatay Subregion[edit]

Hatay Province[edit]
Kahramanmaraş Province[edit]
Osmaniye Province[edit]

Northeast Anatolia[edit]

Ağrı Subregion[edit]

Ağrı Province[edit]
Ardahan Province[edit]
Iğdır Province[edit]
Kars Province[edit]

Erzurum Subregion[edit]

Bayburt Province[edit]
Erzincan Province[edit]
Erzurum Province[edit]

Southeastern Anatolia[edit]

Gaziantep Subregion[edit]

Adıyaman Province[edit]
Gaziantep Province[edit]
Kilis Province[edit]

Mardin Subregion[edit]

Batman Province[edit]
Mardin Province[edit]
Şırnak Province[edit]
Siirt Province[edit]

Şanlıurfa Subregion[edit]

Diyarbakır Province[edit]
Şanlıurfa Province[edit]

Western Anatolia[edit]

Ankara Subregion[edit]

Ankara Province[edit]

Konya Subregion[edit]

Karaman Province[edit]
Konya Province[edit]

Western Black Sea Region[edit]

Kastamonu Subregion[edit]

Çankırı Province[edit]
Kastamonu Province[edit]
Sinop Province[edit]

Samsun Subregion[edit]

Amasya Province[edit]
Çorum Province[edit]
Samsun Province[edit]
Tokat Province[edit]

Zonguldak Subregion[edit]

Bartın Province[edit]
Karabük Province[edit]
Zonguldak Province[edit]

Western Marmara Region[edit]

Balıkesir Subregion[edit]

Balıkesir Province[edit]
Çanakkale Province[edit]

Tekirdağ Subregion[edit]

Edirne Province[edit]
Kırklareli Province[edit]
Tekirdağ Province[edit]

See also[edit]