Shebedino is one of the 77 woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Sidama Zone located in the Great Rift Valley, Shebedino is bordered on the south by Dale, on the west by the Bilate River which separates it from the Semien Omo Zone, on the northwest by the Oromia Region, on the north by Awasa, and on the southeast by Arbegona. Towns in Shebedino include Derba and Leku.
According to a 2004 report, Shebedino had 17 kilometers of asphalt roads, 50 kilometers of all-weather roads and 58 kilometers of dry-weather roads, for an average road density of 121 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers.
Based on figures published by the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, this woreda has an estimated total population of 597,313, of whom 293,774 were men and 303,539 were women; 19,329 or 3.24% of its population are urban dwellers, which is less than the Zone average of 8.9%. With an estimated area of 1,035.47 square kilometers, Shebedino has an estimated population density of 576.9 people per square kilometer, which is greater than the Zone average of 430.03.
In the 1994 Census this woreda had a population of 420,976, of whom 214,000 were men and 206,976 women; 10,669 or 2.53% of its population were urban dwellers. The four largest ethnic groups reported in Shebedino were the Sidama (91.43%), the Oromo (2.67%), the Amhara (2.3%), and the Welayta (2.16%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.44% of the population. Sidamo is spoken as a first language by 93.36% of the inhabitants, 2.25% speak Oromiffa, 2.13% Amharic, and 1.74% Welayta; the remaining 0.28% spoke all other primary languages reported. 61.74% of the population said they were Protestants, 15.46% were Muslim, 8.6% observed traditional religions, 6.24% embraced Catholicism, and 4.45% practiced Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
- "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, 2.11, 2.15, 2.19 (accessed 30 December 2008)
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