Location in Liberia
|• Superintendent||Gertrude Lamine|
|• Total||9,689 km2 (3,741 sq mi)|
|• Density||8.6/km2 (22/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (GMT)|
Gbarpolu is a county in the northern portion of the West African nation of Liberia. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division in the nation, it has six districts. Bopulu serves as the capital with the area of the county measuring 9,689 square kilometres (3,741 sq mi). As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 83,758, making it the eleventh most populous county in Liberia.
Created in 2001 when it was split from Lofa County, Gbarpolu is the youngest county in Liberia, while the County Superintendent is Gertrude Lamine. The county is bordered by Grand Cape Mount County to the west, Bomi County to the southwest, Bong County to the south, and Lofa County to the east and north. The northwest part of Gbarpolu borders the nation of Sierra Leone.
The majority of Gbarpolu County consists of forest. Mining was the primary economic activity prior to the Liberian Civil War[disambiguation needed], in addition to subsistence farming. However, the war devastated all sectors of the county.
The districts of Gbarpolu County include (2008 population):
- Belleh District (17,288)
- Bokomu District (10,460)
- Bopolu District (18,298)
- Gbarma District (15,972)
- Gounwolaila District (8,115)
- Kongba District (13,625)
- "2008 National Population and Housing Census: Preliminary Results" (PDF). Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- Dennis, Edwood (1 August 2008). "Liberia: Mano Resources Company Targets Modern Seaport". The Analyst. allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
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