Governorates of Jordan

Jordan is divided into 12 governorates (muhafazah) by the administrative divisions system of the Ministry of Interior. In 1994, four new governorates were created: Jerash, Ajloun, Madaba and Aqaba. Jerash Governorate and Ajloun Governorate were split from Irbid Governorate, Madaba Governorate was split from Amman Governorate and Aqaba Governorate was split from Ma'an Governorate.


Geographically, the governorates of Jordan are located in one of three regions: the North Region, Central Region and the South Region. The three geographical regions are not distributed by area or populations but rather by geographical connectivity and distance among the population centres. The South Region is separated from the Central Region by the Mountains of Moab in Karak Governorate. The population centres of the Central and North Region are separated geographically by the mountains of Jerash Governorate. Socially, the population centres of Amman, Salt, Zarqa and Madaba form together one large metropolitan area in which business interactions in these cities are under the influence of Amman while the cities of Jerash, Ajloun, and Mafraq are mostly under the influence of the city of Irbid.

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Governorates of Jordan
Governorate Area[1] (km²) Population[2] Urban[2] Rural[2] Density[1] (people/km²) Capital
1Irbid1,572 1,137,100 943,000194,100723.4Irbid
2Ajloun420 146,900 111,50035,400350.1Ajloun
3Jerash410 191,700 120,10071,600467.8Jerash
4Mafraq26,551 300,300 117,800182,50011.3Mafraq
North Region28,953 1,776,000 1,292,400483,600 61.3
5Balqa1,120 428,000 307,400120,600382.0Salt
6Amman7,579 2,473,400 2,325,500147,900326.3Amman
7Zarqa4,761 951,800 899,80052,000199.9Zarqa
8Madaba940 159,700 114,00045,700170.0Madaba
Central Region14,400 4,012,900 3,646,700 366,200 278.7
9Karak3,495 249,100 87,200161,90071.3Al Karak
10Tafilah 2,20989,400 63,80025,60040.5Tafilah
11Ma'an32,832 121,400 66,60054,8003.7Ma'an
12Aqaba6,905 139,200 119,70019,50020.2Aqaba
South Region45,441 599,100 337,300 261,800 13.2
Total88,794 6,388,000 5,276,400 (82.6%) 1,111,600 (17.4%) 71.9

See also


  1. 1 2 "Estimated Population of the Kingdom, Area (Km2) and Population Density by Governorate, at End-year 2012" (PDF). Department of Statistics - Jordan. 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 "Estimated Population of the Kingdom by Urban* and Rural, at End-year 2012" (PDF). Department of Statistics - Jordan. 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
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