The Info List - Amman Governorate

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Governorate, officially known as Muhafazat al-Asima (Arabic محافظة العاصمة, English translation: The Capital Governorate), is one of the governorates in Jordan. The governorate's capital is the city of Amman, which is also the country's capital. The administrative center of the governorate as well as all government offices and parliament are located in the Abdali district. The Amman
Governorate has the largest population of the 12 governorates of Jordan. It borders Zarqa Governorate
Zarqa Governorate
to the north and north east, the governorates of Balqa and Madaba
to the west, Karak and Ma'an governorates to the south. It also shares an international border with Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
from the east.


1 History 2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Administrative divisions

4.1 Nahias 4.2 Districts

5 Towns and villages 6 Education 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The land covered by the Amman
Governorate has been inhabited since the prehistoric age, ruins of civilizations as early as 7250 BC have been discovered at 'Ain Ghazal
'Ain Ghazal
near Amman, the site itself is one of the largest prehistoric settlements in the Middle East. Amman
was the capital and stronghold of the Ammonites, which they called Rabbath Ammon, the Ammonites ruled almost the entire land of the Capital Governorate. After the Romans took control of the region, Amman
was renamed as "Philadelphia", and was one of the ten Roman Decapolis
cities. Following the Arab Muslim conquests, Philadelphia reclaimed the name Amman. The Byzantine
site at Umm ar-Rasas
Umm ar-Rasas
was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004. Geography[edit] The climate of the Amman
Governorate is that of the Eastern Mediterranean climate. However, since Amman
is located on a hilly plateau, the average annual precipitation and temperature generally may vary significantly from one location to another, even within the city of Amman. For instance, it may be snowing in the Sweileh
district which has an elevation of 1050 m above sea level, but cloudy with no rain in the Amman
city center, which has an elevation of 780 m. The Amman
Governorate is the third largest governorate in Jordan
by area and the largest by population. Demographics[edit] The Jordan
national census of 2015 shows that the population of the Capital Governorate passed 4 millions, of whom more than 36% (1.45 million) were foreign nationals. This constitutes a sharp increase from the population of the 2004 census. One factor that contributed to the sharp increase in population is the high influx of refugees from neighboring countries.[1] The Jordan
national census of 2004 indicated that the total population of the Capital Governorate at the time was 1,942,066, which grew from 1,576,238 in the 1994 census at an average annual growth of 2.1%.[2]

Demographics of Amman
Governorate [3] 2004 Census 2015 Census

Female to Male ratio 48.58% to 51.42% 48.1% to 51.9%

Jordanian citizens to foreign nationals 88% to 12% 63.8% to 36.2%

Urban population 94% 96%

Rural population 6% 4%

Total population 1,942,066 4,007,000

The population of districts according to census results:[4]

District Population ( Census
1994) Population ( Census
2004) Population ( Census

Governorate 1,576,238 1,942,066 4,007,526

Al-Jāmi'ah ... 279,359 743,980

Al-Jīzah 32,446 42,051 118,004

Al-Mūaqqar 18,239 30,017 84,370

Al-Quwaysimah ... 257,260 582,659

Mārkā ... 483,819 956,104

Nā'ūr (Na'our) 37,281 66,220 129,650

Qaṣabah 'Ammān ... 552,511 855,955

Saḥāb 49,060 57,037 169,434

Wādī as-Sīr 132,195 173,792 367,370

Administrative divisions[edit] Nahias[edit] Article 4 of the administrative divisions system of the Jordanian Ministry of Interior states that the Amman
Governorate is divided into nine nahias,[5] five of these nahias include the districts of Greater Amman

Nahia of the Amman
Governorate by population (2004)[6]

Nahia Arabic Name Subdivisions population (2004) Administrative Center

1 Capital Nahia (Al-Qasaba) لواء قصبة عمان includes six of Amman
metropolitan districts 552,511 Abdali

2 Marka Nahia لواء ماركا includes four of Amman
metropolitan districts 483,819 Marka

3 Al-Qwesmeh Nahia لواء القويسمة includes three of Amman
metropolitan districts 257,260 Al Juwayyidah

4 University Nahia لواء الجامعة includes six of Amman
metropolitan districts 279,359 Al Jubayhah

5 Wadi Al Seer
Wadi Al Seer
Nahia لواء وادي السير includes three of Ammman metropolitan districts and 12 other towns and villages 173,792 Wadi Al Seer

6 Naour Nahia لواء ناعور includes 25 towns and villages 66,220 Naour

7 Sahab Nahia لواء سحاب includes 7 towns and villages 57,037 Sahab

8 Al Jizah Nahia لواء الجيزة Includes 62 towns and villages 42,051 Al Jizah

9 Muwaqqar Nahia لواء الموقر includes 26 towns and villages 30,017 Al Mushaqqar

Nahias of Amman

Districts[edit] Main article: Greater Amman

Rank District Neighborhoods Area (km2) Population

1 Al-Madinah 2 3.1 38,465

2 Basman 6 13.4 223,816

3 Marka 4 23 99,818

4 Al-Nasr 5 28.4 150,000

5 Al-Yarmouk 3 5.5 207,866

6 Ras Al-Ein 3 0.68 118,232

7 Bader 5 0.01 250,000

8 Zahran 5 13.8 60,000

9 Al-Abdali 4 15 120,000

10 Tareq 4 25 100,000

11 Qweismeh 13 45.9 156,781

12 Kherbet Al-Souk 16 0.5 100,000

13 Al-Mgablein 8 23 60,000

14 Wadi Al-Seer 11 80 136,000

15 Badr Al-Jadeedah 7 19 15,000

16 Sweileh 4 20 69,400

17 Tla' Al-Ali 8 19.8 129,812

18 Jubeiha 9 25.9 71,828

19 Shafa Badran 14 45 35,000

20 Abu Nseir 6 50 50,000

21 Uhod 9 250 40,000

22 Al-Jeezah 27 558 57,000

23 Sahab 10 12 60,000

24 Al-Muwaqqar 5 250 60,000

25 Husban Al-Jadeedah 5 55 30,000

26 Na'our 26 87 50,000

27 Marj Al-Hamam 16 53 50,000

Towns and villages[edit]

Abdali District forms the heart of Amman

Wadi Al Seer
Wadi Al Seer

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Further information: Greater Amman
Municipality Abdoun, Abu `Alandah, Adh Dhuhaybah, Al `Al, Al `Amiriyah, Al `Arid, Al `Arudah, Al Bahhath, Al Bassah, Al Bunayyat al Janubiyah, Al Bunayyat ash Shamaliyah, Al Hawwasiyah, Al Hummar, Al Jizah, Al Jubayhah, Al Judayyidah, Al Jumayyil, Al Juwayyidah, Al Lubban, Al Mabrak, Al Mahattah, Al Manakhir, Al Mathluthah, Al Muqabalayn, Al Mushaqqar, Al Mushayrifah, Al Mushayrifah, Al Muwaqqar, Al Qartu`iyah, Al Qastal, Al Qunaytirah, Al Qurayyat, Al Quwayjiyah, Al Quwaysimah, Al Yadudah, `Ammuriya, An Naqubah, An Nuwayjis, `Ara`ir, Ar Rabahiyah, Ar Rajib, Ar Riwaq, Ash Shufatah, Ash Shumaysani, Ash Shuqayq, As Samik, As Saqrah, Ath Thughrah, `Atruz, At Tunayb, Barazin, Barzah, Barzah, Bayt Zir`ah, Biddin, Bilal, Buqay` al Qababi`ah, Dab`ah, Dhiban, Dhuhaybah, Dulaylat al Hama'idah, Dulaylat al Mutayrat, Halaq ash Shuqayq, Hawwarah, Hisban, `Iraq al Amir, Jalul, Jawa, Juraynah, Khilda, Khirbat `Assaf, Khirbat as Sahilah, Khirbat Badran, Khirbat Khaww, Khirbat Siran, Khuraybat as Suq, Kufayr Abu Sarbut, Kufayr al Wakhyan, Kufayrat Abu Khinan, Madaba, Ma`in, Manja, Marka, Mukawir, Mulayh, Murayjimat Ibn Hamid, Natl, Na`ur, Qasr al Hallabat, Qubur `Abd Allah, Qurayyat Falhah, Qurayyat Nafi`, Qurayyat Salim, Rujaym Salim, Rujm ash Shami, Rujm ash Shara'irah, Sahab, Shunat Ibn `Adwan, Sufah, Sumiya, Suwaylih, Tabarbawr, Tila` al `Ali, Umm al `Amad, Umm al Birak, Umm al Hanafish, Umm al Kundum, Umm al Qanafidh, Umm ar Rasas, Umm as Summaq, Umm Juraysat, Umm Nuwarah, Umm Qusayr, Umm Qusayr, Umm Rummanah, Umm Shujayrah al Gharbiyah, Umm Zuwaytinah, `Urjan al Gharbiyah, `Urjan ash Sharqiyah, `Uyun adh Dhi'b, Wadi as Sir, Yajuz, Zaba'ir `Udwan, Zuwayza Education[edit] As of 2010, there were 24 universities and community colleges in the Amman
Governorate the University of Jordan
is the oldest university established in the governorate, it is also Jordan's first university,[7] other universities are the Arab Open University[8] which is owned and run by the Arab League
Arab League
and Princess Sumaya University for Technology which was named after Princess Sumaya of Jordan.[9] Petra University
Petra University
was ranked 20th in the Arab World
Arab World
by Webometrics,[10] Philadelphia University (Jordan)
Philadelphia University (Jordan)
is the largest private university in the Amman
Governorate.[11] References[edit]

^ Census
results 2015, published by the Department of Statistics ^ DOS Jordan
1994 Census ^ Jordan
National Census
of 2004 Table 3-1 Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Jordan: Administrative Division, Governorates and Districts". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 25 December 2016.  ^ Ministry of Interior Administrative Divisions ^ 2004 Census
Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ University of Jordan ^ Arabou-jo.edu ^ Princess Sumaya University for Technology ^ University of Petra, Jordan ^ Philadelphia University

External links[edit]


Places adjacent to Amman

Balqa Governorate

Zarqa Governorate



Karak Governorate Ma'an Governorate Al Jawf Province

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Governorates of Jordan

North Region

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Central Region

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