Kochere is one of the 77 woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Gedeo Zone, Kochere is bordered on the east, south and west by the Oromia Region, on the north by Yirgachefe, and on the northeast by Bule. Towns in Kochere include Fisehagenet and Chelelektu.
According to a 2004 report, Kochere had 34 kilometers of asphalt road, 13 kilometers of all-weather roads and 18 kilometers of dry-weather roads, for an average road density of 129 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers.
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 230,276, of whom 115,641 are men and 114,635 are women; 20,410 or 8.86% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 14.4%. With an estimated area of 504.22 square kilometers, Kochere has an estimated population density of 456.7 people per square kilometer, which is less than the Zone average of 617.5.
In the 1994 Census this woreda had a population of 160,246, of whom 79,807 were men and 80,439 women; 11,265 or 7.03% of its population were urban dwellers. The three largest ethnic groups reported in Kochere were the Gedeo (84.05%), the Oromo (11.35%), and the Amhara (2.62%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.98% of the population. Gedeo is spoken as a first language by 84.93%, 10.74% spoke Oromiffa, and 3.77% spoke Amharic; the remaining 0.56% spoke all other primary languages reported. 47.57% of the population said they were Protestants, 26.05% observed traditional religions, 16.45% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, 3.21% were Catholic and 1.51% were Muslim.
- "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
- 1994 Population and Housing Census of Ethiopia: Results for Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region, Vol. 1, part 1, Tables 2.1, 2.7, 2.12, 2.15, 2.19 (accessed 30 December 2008)
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