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 16 greater municipalities; Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Sakarya, Samsun. For the remaining 65 provinces the population figures for districts add up to the total province population. See Metropolitan centers in Turkey)

Istanbul Region[edit]

Istanbul Subregion[edit]

Istanbul Province[edit]
Districts of İstanbul

Western Marmara Region[edit]

Tekirdağ Subregion[edit]

Tekirdağ Province[edit]
Districts of Tekirdağ
Edirne Province[edit]
Districts of Edirne
Kırklareli Province[edit]
Districts of Kırklareli

Balıkesir Subregion[edit]

Balıkesir Province[edit]
Districts of Balıkesir
Çanakkale Province[edit]
Districts of Çanakkale

Aegean Region[edit]

İzmir Subregion[edit]

İzmir Province[edit]
Districts of İzmir

Aydın Subregion[edit]

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

Manisa Subregion[edit]

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

Eastern Marmara Region[edit]

Bursa Subregion[edit]

Bursa Province[edit]
Districts of Bursa
Bilecik Province[edit]
Districts of Bilecik
Eskişehir Province[edit]
Districts of Eskişehir

Kocaeli Subregion[edit]

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

Western Anatolia[edit]

Ankara Subregion[edit]

Ankara Province[edit]
Districts of Ankara

Konya Subregion[edit]

Konya Province[edit]
Districts of Konya
Karaman Province[edit]
Districts of Karaman

Mediterranean Region[edit]

Antalya Subregion[edit]

Antalya Province[edit]
Districts of Antalya
Burdur Province[edit]
Districts of Burdur
Isparta Province[edit]
Districts of Isparta

Adana Subregion[edit]

Adana Province[edit]
Districts of Adana
Mersin Province[edit]
Districts of Mersin

Hatay Subregion[edit]

Hatay Province[edit]
Districts of Hatay
Kahramanmaraş Province[edit]
Districts of Kahramanmaraş
Osmaniye Province[edit]
Districts of Osmaniye

Central Anatolia[edit]

Kırıkkale Subregion[edit]

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

Kayseri Subregion[edit]

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

Western Black Sea Region[edit]

Zonguldak Subregion[edit]

Zonguldak Province[edit]
Districts of Zonguldak
Bartın Province[edit]
Districts of Bartın
Karabük Province[edit]
Districts of Karabük

Kastamonu Subregion[edit]

Kastamonu Province[edit]
Districts of Kastamonu
Çankırı Province[edit]
Districts of Çankırı
Sinop Province[edit]
Districts of Sinop

Samsun Subregion[edit]

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

Eastern Black Sea Region[edit]

Trabzon Subregion[edit]

Trabzon Province[edit]
Districts of Trabzon
Artvin Province[edit]
Districts of Artvin
Rize Province[edit]
Districts of Rize

Ordu Subregion[edit]

Ordu Province[edit]
Districts of Ordu
Giresun Province[edit]
Districts of Giresun
Gümüşhane Province[edit]
Districts of Gümüşhane

Northeast Anatolia[edit]

Erzurum Subregion[edit]

Erzurum Province[edit]
Districts of Erzurum
Bayburt Province[edit]
Districts of Bayburt
Erzincan Province[edit]
Districts of Erzincan

Ağrı Subregion[edit]

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

Central-Eastern Anatolia[edit]

Malatya Subregion[edit]

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

Van Subregion[edit]

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

Southeastern Anatolia[edit]

Gaziantep Subregion[edit]

Gaziantep Province[edit]
Districts of Gaziantep
Adıyaman Province[edit]
Districts of Adıyaman
Kilis Province[edit]

Şanlıurfa Subregion[edit]

Şanlıurfa Province[edit]
Districts of Şanlıurfa
Diyarbakır Province[edit]
Districts of Diyarbakır

Mardin Subregion[edit]

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

See also[edit]