Hula is one of the 77 woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Sidama Zone, Hula is bordered on the south by the Oromia Region, on the southwest by Dara, on the west by Aleta Wendo, on the northwest by Dale, on the north by Shebedino, on the northeast by Arbegona, and on the east by Bensa. The major town in Hula is Hagere Selam.
A survey of the land in this woreda shows that 59.6% is arable or cultivable, 36.2% pasture, 2.3% forest, and the remaining 1.8% is considered swampy, degraded or otherwise unusable. Important cash crops include corn, wheat, barley, local varieties of cabbage, and potatoes. According to a 2004 report, Hula had 110 kilometers of all-weather roads and 8 kilometers of dry-weather roads, for an average road density of 274 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers.
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 253,540, of whom 126,597 are men and 126,943 are women; 8,491 or 3.35% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 8.9%. With an estimated area of 583.76 square kilometers, Hula has an estimated population density of 434.3 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 430.03. The dominant ethnic group in this woreda is the Sidama people; only 2% report as belonging to all other groups.
In the 1994 Census this woreda had a population of 178,644, of whom 89,489 were men and 89,155 women; 4,686 or 2.62% of its population were urban dwellers. The three largest ethnic groups reported in Hula were the Sidama (93.77%), the Amhara (4.43%), and the Oromo (0.84%); all other ethnic groups made up 0.96% of the population. Sidamo is spoken as a first language by 95.48% of the inhabitants, 3.63% speak Amharic, and 0.56% Oromiffa; the remaining 0.33% spoke all other primary languages reported. 55.83% of the population said they were Protestants, 28.08% observed traditional religions, 6.29% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 3.93% were Catholic, and 2.58% were Muslim.
- Woreda administration sources, as quoted in Final Report for Aposto-Wendo-Negele (World Bank Report E1546, vol. 1), p. 63
- Final Report, pp. 65f
- "Detailed statistics on roads", SNNPR Bureau of Finance and Economic Development website (accessed 15 September 2009)
- CSA 2005 National Statistics, Tables B.3 and B.4
- Final Report, pp. 62f
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.11, 2.15, 2.19 (accessed 30 December 2008)
- Final Report, p. 71
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