West Sulawesi

West Sulawesi (Indonesian: Sulawesi Barat) is a province of Indonesia. It is located in the western of the Sulawesi island. Its capital is Mamuju and the 2010 Census recorded a population of 1,158,651; the latest official estimate (for January 2014) is 1,284,620.
The province was established in 2004 and used to be part of the South Sulawesi.[citation needed]



It is on the Sulawesi (formerly Celebes) and includes the regencies (kabupaten) of Polewali Mandar, Mamasa, Majene, Mamuju, and Mamuju Utara, which used to be part of South Sulawesi. The area of the province is 16,796.19 km2.


Its population as 2010 census is 1,158,651 increasing at 2.67% annually. Of those 171,356 are classified as below the poverty line of Indonesia.[2]


Three women and two boys from West Sulawesi sell charcoal. Colonial period, 1937.
Its economy consists mainly of mining, agriculture and fishing. Its capital is Mamuju.

Administrative divisions

West Sulawesi Province is divided into six regencies, listed below with their (provisional) populations at the 2010 Census.[3]
A sixth regency - Central Mamuju Regency (Kabupaten Mamuju Tengah) - has subsequently been cut out of the existing Mamuju Regency on 14 December 2012; its administrative capital is Tobadak. The area and population are included in the figures for Mamuju Residency given above.
ethnic groups 1. the mandar 2. the buginese 3. the torajan
Name Area (km2) Population
Census 2010
Estimate 2014
Central Mamuju Regency included in
Mamuju Regency
included in
Mamuju Regency
included in
Mamuju Regency
Majene Regency 947.84 151,107 167,535 Majene
Mamasa Regency 3,005.88 140,082 155,312 Mamasa
Mamuju Regency 8,014.06 336,973 373,609 Mamuju
North Mamuju Regency
(Mamuju Utara)
3,043.75 134,369 148,978 Pasangkayu
Polewali Mandar Regency 1,775.65 396,120 439,186 Polewali
Total Province 16,787.18 1,158,651 1,284,620 Mamuju
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