Dakar Region

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Dakar Region
Région de Dakar
Official seal of Dakar Region
Location of Dakar in Senegal
Location of Dakar in Senegal
Dakar region, divided into 4 departments
Dakar region, divided into 4 departments
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Country Senegal
Capital Dakar
 • Regional president Abdoulaye Faye (PDS; since 2002)
 • Total 547 km2 (211 sq mi)
Population (2013 census)[1]
 • Total 2,956,023
 • Rank 1st
 • Density 5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
 • Density rank 1st
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
ISO 3166-2 SN-DK
Arrondissements 10[2]
Communes 7,[2] plus 2 communautés rurales
Communes d'arrondissement 43[2]

Dakar region is the smallest and most populated region of Senegal, encompassing the capital city of the country, Dakar, and all its suburbs along the Cap–Vert Peninsula, Africa's most westerly point.


The Dakar region is divided into four départements (administrative structures without political power, unlike the French départements). The départements had the following areas and populations at the Census of 2013:

Département Area (km2) Population
Census 2013
Dakar 79 1,146,053
Guédiawaye 13 329,659
Pikine 87 1,170,791
Rufisque 372 490,694
Total Région de Dakar 547 3,137,196

Dakar department

The Dakar department is also a commune (city). This is a situation comparable to Paris which is both a department and a commune. The department/commune of Dakar is further divided into:

  • 4 arrondissements, which are administrative structures without much power. The arrondissements are further divided into:
    • 19 communes d'arrondissement (i.e. "communes of arrondissement"). The communes d'arrondissement have a lot of power, unlike the arrondissements of Paris, and are more comparable to the London boroughs.

Guédiawaye department

The Guédiawaye department is also a commune (city). This department has only one arrondissement, so that Guédiawaye is both a department and an arrondissement. The department /arrondissement/commune of Guédiawaye is further divided into:

  • 5 communes d'arrondissement

Pikine department

The Pikine department is also a commune (city). The department /commune of Pikine is further divided into:

  • 3 arrondissements, which are further divided into:
    • 16 communes d'arrondissement

Rufisque department

The Rufisque department is made up of two arrondissements and three communes directly under the department:

  • Rufisque arrondissement, which is also a commune (city). The arrondissement/commune of Rufisque is further divided into:
    • 3 communes d'arrondissement
  • Sangalkam arrondissement, which, administratively speaking, is the only rural part of the Dakar region. The Sangalkam arrondissement is further divided into:
    • 2 communautés rurales (i.e. "rural communities"): Yène and Sangalkam
  • commune of Bargny (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)
  • commune of Sébikotane (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)
  • commune of Diamniadio (this commune is not divided into communes d'arrondissement)

Table of Administrative Sub-divisions

Administrative Divisions of the Dakar Region
Département Commune Arrondissement Commune d'arrondissement Communauté rurale
Department/ County / State City Borough Neighborhood Rural Borough
Dakar Dakar Almadies Mermoz-Sacré Cœur
Almadies Ngor
Almadies Ouakam
Almadies Yoff
Dakar Plateau Fann-Point E-Amitié
Dakar Plateau Gorée
Dakar Plateau Gueule Tapée-Fass-Colobane
Dakar Plateau Médina
Dakar Plateau Plateau
Grand Dakar Biscuiterie
Grand Dakar Dieuppeul-Derklé
Grand Dakar Grand-Dakar
Grand Dakar Hann-Bel Air
Grand Dakar HLM
Grand Dakar Sicap Liberté
Parcelles Assainies Cambérène
Parcelles Assainies Grand Yoff
Parcelles Assainies Parcelles Assainies
Parcelles Assainies Patte d'Oie
Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Guédiawaye Golf Sud
Guédiawaye Médina Gounass
Guédiawaye Ndiarème Limoulaye
Guédiawaye Sam Notaire
Guédiawaye Wakhinane Nimzatt
Pikine Pikine Dagoudane Dalifort
Dagoudane Djidah-Thiaroye Kaw
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Nord
Dagoudane Guinaw Rail Sud
Dagoudane Pikine Est
Dagoudane Pikine Nord
Dagoudane Pikine Ouest
Niayes Keur Massar
Niayes Malika
Niayes Yeumbeul Nord
Niayes Yeumbeul Sud
Thiaroye Diamaguène Sicap Mbao
Thiaroye Mbao
Thiaroye Thiaroye Gare
Thiaroye Thiaroye Sur Mer
Thiaroye Tivaouane Diaksao
Rufisque Bargny Rufisque
Diamnadio Rufisque
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Est
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Nord
Rufisque Rufisque Rufisque Ouest
Sebikotane Sangalkam Sangalkam


Within the Dakar 'region, the only politically significant units (i.e. those who have elected officials and wield a significant power) are: the 7 communes, the 2 communautés rurales, and the 43 communes d'arrondissement.


  1. Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie, Government of Senegal (2005). "Situation économique et sociale du Sénégal" (PDF) (in French). p. 163. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2007-03-08. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 As of December 2005

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