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List of districts of Turkey

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Turkey
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)).

A district may cover both rural and urban areas. One district of a province is the "central district" (merkez ilçe); the central district is administered by an appointed "vice-governor" and other districts by a "sub-governor" (kaymakam). Each municipality (belediye) in the urban zone (belde) of a district is an administrative division subject to elections depending on the province.

Each district (including the central district) corresponds to a specific area within the province. The area is administered from the "district center" (ilçe merkezi, not to be confused with "central district" merkez ilçe), where resides the appointed kaymakam, the head official for that district, who is responsible to the province governor. Central districts do not have kaymakams, they are administered by a vice-governor.

Local government

All district centers have municipalities (belediye), headed by an elected mayor, who administers a defined municipality area (usually matching the urban zone) for defined municipal matters. A growing number of settlements, which are outside of district centers, have municipalities as well, usually because their population requires one. These are (also) called belde. They haven't (yet) become district centers because there is one close by, or due to some other reason. A belde has a mayor (responsible for its municipal zone), but not a kaymakam, and depends administratively on the district center of the district within whose boundaries it is situated.

The smallest level of government are villages. They elect muhtars to care for specific administrative matters such as residence registration. Each quarter (mahalle) of a district center and belde has a muhtar as well, to handle specific administration problems. The designation slightly differs (köy muhtarı for village muhtar, mahalle muhtarı for quarter muhtar) and the tasks, which are largely similar but adapted to their locality.

In some cases, a belde has become larger than the district center it depends on, and a district center larger than the central district it depends on (and many other district centers).

There are büyükşehir belediyesi (or greater municipality) for metropolises like İstanbul or İzmir. This consists of an extra administrative layer which is run by an elected head mayor, who oversees a number of municipalities and mayors.

List of districts with population

The districts and their populations (as of December 31, 2011) 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. (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 total province population ) (see: Metropolitan centers in Turkey)

Contents

Istanbul Region

Istanbul Subregion

Istanbul Province
Districts of İstanbul

Western Marmara Region

Tekirdağ Subregion

Tekirdağ Province
Districts of Tekirdağ
Edirne Province
Districts of Edirne
Kırklareli Province
Districts of Kırklareli

Balıkesir Subregion

Balıkesir Province
Districts of Balıkesir
Çanakkale Province
Districts of Çanakkale

Aegean Region

İzmir Subregion

İzmir Province
Districts of İzmir

Aydın Subregion

Aydın Province
Districts of Aydın
Denizli Province
Districts of Denizli
Muğla Province
Districts of Muğla

Manisa Subregion

Manisa Province
Districts of Manisa
Afyonkarahisar Province
Districts of Afyonkarahisar
Kütahya Province
Districts of Kütahya
Uşak Province
Districts of Uşak

Eastern Marmara Region

Bursa Subregion

Bursa Province
Districts of Bursa
Bilecik Province
Districts of Bilecik
Eskişehir Province
Districts of Eskişehir

Kocaeli Subregion

Kocaeli Province
Districts of Kocaeli
Bolu Province
Districts of Bolu
Düzce Province
Districts of Düzce
Sakarya Province
Districts of Sakarya
Yalova Province
Districts of Yalova

Western Anatolia

Ankara Subregion

Ankara Province
Districts of Ankara

Konya Subregion

Konya Province
Districts of Konya
Karaman Province
Districts of Karaman

Mediterranean Region

Antalya Subregion

Antalya Province
Districts of Antalya
Burdur Province
Districts of Burdur
Isparta Province
Districts of Isparta

Adana Subregion

Adana Province
Districts of Adana
Mersin Province
Districts of Mersin

Hatay Subregion

Hatay Province
Districts of Hatay
Kahramanmaraş Province
Districts of Kahramanmaraş
Osmaniye Province
Districts of Osmaniye

Central Anatolia

Kırıkkale Subregion

Kırıkkale Province
Districts of Kırıkkale
Aksaray Province
Districts of Aksaray
Kırşehir Province
Districts of Kırşehir
Nevşehir Province
Districts of Nevşehir
Niğde Province
Districts of Niğde

Kayseri Subregion

Kayseri Province
Districts of Kayseri
Sivas Province
Districts of Sivas
Yozgat Province
Districts of Yozgat

Western Black Sea Region

Zonguldak Subregion

Zonguldak Province
Districts of Zonguldak
Bartın Province
Districts of Bartın
Karabük Province
Districts of Karabük

Kastamonu Subregion

Kastamonu Province
Districts of Kastamonu
Çankırı Province
Districts of Çankırı
Sinop Province
Districts of Sinop

Samsun Subregion

Samsun Province
Districts of Samsun
Amasya Province
Districts of Amasya
Çorum Province
Districts of Çorum
Tokat Province
Districts of Tokat

Eastern Black Sea Region

Trabzon Subregion

Trabzon Province
Districts of Trabzon
Artvin Province
Districts of Artvin
Rize Province
Districts of Rize

Ordu Subregion

Ordu Province
Districts of Ordu
Giresun Province
Districts of Giresun
Gümüşhane Province
Districts of Gümüşhane

Northeast Anatolia

Erzurum Subregion

Erzurum Province
Districts of Erzurum
Bayburt Province
Districts of Bayburt
Erzincan Province
Districts of Erzincan

Ağrı Subregion

Ağrı Province
Districts of Ağrı
Ardahan Province
Districts of Ardahan
Iğdır Province
Districts of Iğdır
Kars Province
Districts of Kars

Central-Eastern Anatolia

Malatya Subregion

Malatya Province
Districts of Malatya
Bingöl Province
Districts of Bingöl
Elazığ Province
Districts of Elazığ
Tunceli Province
Districts of Tunceli

Van Subregion

Van Province
Districts of Van
Bitlis Province
Districts of Bitlis
Hakkâri Province
Districts of Hakkâri
Muş Province
Districts of Muş

Southeastern Anatolia

Gaziantep Subregion

Gaziantep Province
Districts of Gaziantep
Adıyaman Province
Districts of Adıyaman
Kilis Province

Şanlıurfa Subregion

Şanlıurfa Province
Districts of Şanlıurfa
Diyarbakır Province
Districts of Diyarbakır

Mardin Subregion

Mardin Province
Districts of Mardin
Batman Province
Districts of Batman
Siirt Province
Districts of Siirt
Şırnak Province
Districts of Şırnak

See also

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