Departments of Cameroon

Sorin Cosoveanu brought the Cameroon Statistical Yearbook (source [1]) to my attention. That's where I got the population and area data in the first (yellow) table, below.

Cameroon is divided into ten regions, which are subdivided into 58 départements (departments). (The departments in Nord-Ouest and Sud-Ouest regions, which used to be part of the British mandate, are sometimes called "divisions".) The departments are further subdivided into 315 arrondissements (as of 1999), and then into districts. The table below shows all of the departments of Cameroon. Some of the department names have been changed to their French forms.

DepartmentHASCPopulationArea(km.²)Capital
BamboutosCM.OU.BA318,8481,173Mbouda
BénouéCM.NO.BE568,79313,614Garoua
Boumba-et-NgokoCM.ES.BN116,70230,389Yokadouma
BoyoCM.NW.BO169,7251,592Fundong
BuiCM.NW.BU322,8772,297Kumbo
DiamaréCM.EN.DI566,9214,665Maroua
Dja-et-LoboCM.SU.DL173,21919,911Sangmelima
DjeremCM.AD.DJ89,38213,283Tibati
Donga-MantungCM.NW.DM337,5334,279Nkambé
FakoCM.SW.FA534,8542,093Limbe
FaroCM.NO.FA81,47211,785Poli
Faro-et-DéoCM.AD.FD66,44210,435Tignere
Haute-SanagaCM.CE.HS115,30511,854Nanga-Eboko
Haut-NkamCM.OU.HN203,251958Bafang
Haut-NyongCM.ES.HN216,76836,384Abong-Mbang
Hauts-PlateauxCM.OU.HP117,008415Baham
KadeyCM.ES.KA192,92715,884Batouri
Koung-KhiCM.OU.KK121,794353Badjoun
Koupé-ManengoubaCM.SW.KM123,0113,404Bangem
LebialemCM.SW.LE144,560617Menji
LekiéCM.CE.LE354,8642,989Monatele
Logone-et-ChariCM.EN.LC405,03512,133Kousseri
Lom-et-DjeremCM.ES.LD228,69126,345Bertoua
ManyuCM.SW.MN177,3899,565Mamfe
Mayo-BanyoCM.AD.MB134,9028,520Banyo
Mayo-DanayCM.EN.MD522,7825,303Yagoua
Mayo-KaniCM.EN.KA338,4485,033Kaele
Mayo-LoutiCM.NO.ML334,3124,162Guider
Mayo-ReyCM.NO.MA242,44136,529Tcholliré
Mayo-SavaCM.EN.MS313,4132,736Mora
Mayo-TsanagaCM.EN.MT574,8644,393Mokolo
Mbam-et-InoubouCM.CE.MI153,0207,125Bafia
Mbam-et-KimCM.CE.MK64,54025,906Ntui
MbéréCM.AD.MR185,47314,267Meinganga
Mefou-et-AfambaCM.CE.MM89,8053,358Mfou
Mefou-et-AkonoCM.CE.MN57,0511,329Ngoumou
MemeCM.SW.MM300,3183,105Kumba
MenchumCM.NW.MC157,1734,469Wum
MenouaCM.OU.ME372,2441,380Dschang
MezamCM.NW.ME465,6441,745Bamenda
MfoundiCM.CE.MF1,248,236297Yaoundé
MifiCM.OU.MF290,758402Bafoussam
MomoCM.NW.MO213,4021,792Mbengwi
MoungoCM.LT.MU452,7223,723Nkongsamba
MvilaCM.SU.MV163,8268,697Ebolowa
NdianCM.SW.ND129,6596,626Mundemba
NdéCM.OU.ND123,6611,524Bangangte
Ngo-KetunjiaCM.NW.NK174,1731,126Ndop
NkamCM.LT.NK66,9796,291Yabassi
NounCM.OU.NO434,5427,687Foumban
Nyong-et-KélléCM.CE.NK145,1816,362Eseka
Nyong-et-MfoumouCM.CE.NM130,3216,172Akonolinga
Nyong-et-So'oCM.CE.NS142,9073,581Mbalmayo
OcéanCM.SU.OC133,06211,280Kribi
Sanaga-MaritimeCM.LT.SM167,6619,311Edéa
Vallée-du-NtemCM.SU.VN64,7477,303Ambam
VinaCM.AD.VI247,42717,196Ngaoundéré
WouriCM.LT.WO1,514,978923Douala
58 departments15,731,000446,050

Change history:

  1. Before ~1972, the departments and divisions were the primary subdivisions of Cameroon. They are described on the Regions of Cameroon page.
  2. ~1975: Bamenda division (capital Bamenda) split into Bui, Mezam, and Momo divisions. Ndian division formed from parts of Kumba and Victoria. The name of the remaining part of Kumba changed to Meme; the name of the remaining part of Victoria changed to Fako, and the name of its capital, Victoria, changed to Limbe. The name of Mamfe division changed to Manyu; the name of Nkambe division changed to Donga-Mantung; the name of Wum division changed to Menchum. The table below shows the resulting situation.
DepartmentProvPopulationArea(km.²)Capital
AdamaouaND238,00063,691Ngaoundéré
BamboutosOT139,0001,157Mbouda
BamounOT184,0007,700Foumban
BénouéND339,00065,576Garoua
Boumba-NkogoET38,00030,394Yokadouma
BuiNT118,0002,104Kumbo
DiamaréND381,0009,701Maroua
Dja-et-LoboCS108,00019,862Sangmélima
Donga-MantungNT139,0004,368Nkambe
FakoSO104,0002,086Limbe
Haute-SanagaCS54,00011,878Nanga-Eboko
Haut-NkamOT113,0001,053Bafang
Haut-NyongET105,00036,378Abong Mbang
KadeïET63,00015,886Batouri
KribiCS60,00011,244Kribi
LékiéCS176,0002,987Obala
Logone-et-ChariND94,00012,115Fort Foureau
Lom-et-DjeremET63,00026,353Bertoua
ManyuSO127,0009,343Mamfe
Margui-WandalaND337,0007,125Mokolo
Mayo-DanaïND193,0005,305Yagoua
MbamCS150,00032,936Bafia
MéfouCS301,0004,951Yaoundé
MemeSO143,0008,018Kumba
MenchumNT147,0006,218Wum
MénouaOT197,0001,339Dschang
MezamNT242,0003,210Bamenda
MifiOT251,0001,183Bafoussam
MomoNT91,0001,912Mbengüi
MoungoLI206,0003,595Nkongsamba
NdéOT101,0001,440Bangangté
NdianSO85,0005,124Mundemba
NkamLI33,0006,445Yabassi
NtemCS119,00016,004Ebolowa
Nyong-et-KélléCS75,0006,382Eséko
Nyong-et-MfoumouCS73,0006,178Akonolinga
Nyong-et-SooCS77,0003,614Mbalmayo
Sanaga-MaritimeLI121,0009,070Edéa
WouriLI251,0001,129Douala
39 departments5,836,000465,054
  • Prov: CS = Centre-Sud; ES = Est; LT = Littoral;
    ND = Nord; NW = Nord-Ouest; OU = Ouest; SW = Sud-Ouest
  • Population: 1970 estimate
  1. 1983-08-22: Centre-Sud province split into two provinces: Centre and Sud, where Sud province consisted of Dja-et-Lobo, Kribi, and Ntem departments. Nord province split into three provinces: Adamaoua, Nord, and Extrême-Nord, where Adamaoua consisted of Adamaoua department only, and Nord consisted of Bénoué department only.
  2. ~1984: Adamaoua department split into Djerem, Faro-Deo, Mayo-Banyo, Mbere, and Vina; name of Bamoun department changed to Noun; Faro, Mayorey, and Mayo-Louti departments split from Bénoué; Kaele department split from Diamaré; Margui-Wandala department split into Mayo-Sava and Mayo-Tsanaga; Mfoundi department split from Méfou.
  3. ~1986: Capital of Lékié department moved from Obala to Monatele; name of Kribi department changed to Océan.
DepartmentHASCCodePop-1987Pop-1976Area(km²)Capital
BamboutosCM.OU.BAH1213,488155,1931,170Mbouda
BénouéCM.NO.BEF1385,381172,00113,614Garoua
Boumba-NkogoCM.ES.BNC182,10253,32330,630Yokadouma
BuiCM.NW.BUG1219,695142,0152,300Kumbo
DiamaréCM.EN.DID1383,949281,8814,665Maroua
Dja-et-LoboCM.SU.DLI1125,86999,63819,910Sangmelima
DjeremCM.AD.DJA159,36932,83013,283Tibati
Donga-MantungCM.NW.DMG2228,251172,7124,280Nkambe
FakoCM.SW.FAJ1251,129157,0322,060Limbe
FaroCM.NO.FAF257,67152,27713,624Poli
Faro-DeoCM.AD.FDA243,90429,84410,435Tignere
Haute-SanagaCM.CE.HSB179,93856,18911,850Nanga Eboko
Haut-NkamCM.OU.HNH2140,941104,467960Bafang
Haut-NyongCM.ES.HNC2150,220115,84836,040Abong-Mbang
KadeïCM.ES.KAC3130,71588,19715,910Batouri
KaeleCM.EN.KAD2228,737186,4345,033Kaele
LékiéCM.CE.LEB2239,500203,1592,990Monatele
Logone-et-ChariCM.EN.LCD3278,854147,32110,183Kousseri
Lom-et-DjeremCM.ES.LDC4153,69685,48226,320Bertoua
ManyuCM.SW.MAJ2217,568152,67810,180Mamfe
Mayo-BanyoCM.AD.MBA392,66868,2528,520Banyo
Mayo-DanaïCM.EN.MDD4354,181225,1145,300Yagoua
Mayo-LoutiCM.NO.MLF3255,735169,7384,162Guider
MayoreyCM.NO.MAF4164,31667,26436,529Tchollire
Mayo-SavaCM.EN.MSD5209,718160,4322,736Mora
Mayo-TsanagaCM.EN.MTD6425,427304,1634,393Mokolo
MbamCM.CE.MBB3206,799164,42133,030Bafia
MbereCM.AD.MRA4126,85989,91214,267Meinganga
MéfouCM.CE.MEB4141,166124,3674,155Mfou
MemeCM.SW.MEJ3281,615196,4706,510Kumba
MenchumCM.NW.MNG3218,802183,0556,060Wum
MénouaCM.OU.MEH3250,009201,4091,380Dschang
MezamCM.NW.MZG4429,285298,9112,870Bamenda
MfoundiCM.CE.MFB5704,368313,206615Yaoundé
MifiCM.OU.MIH4356,979242,3161,170Bafoussam
MomoCM.NW.MOG5141,771118,2191,790Mbengwi
MoungoCM.LT.MUE1338,459275,4563,720Nkongsamba
NdéCM.OU.NDH582,40967,9421,520Bangangte
NdianCM.SW.NDJ490,57174,1806,160Mundemba
NkamCM.LT.NKE241,17034,3736,300Yabassi
NounCM.OU.NOH6287,375197,5297,690Foumban
NtemCM.SU.NTI2158,840128,51416,000Ebolowa
Nyong-et-KélléCM.CE.NKB699,53586,6686,360Eseka
Nyong-et-MfoumouCM.CE.NMB786,83872,8656,170Akonolinga
Nyong-et-SooCM.CE.NSB897,39677,8053,580Mbalmayo
OcéanCM.SU.OCI392,52866,77611,280Kribi
Sanaga-MaritimeCM.LT.SME3135,818112,5509,310Edea
VinaCM.AD.VIA5168,242102,32815,600Ngaoundéré
WouriCM.LT.WOE4836,380419,077890Douala
49 departments10,546,2367,131,833463,504
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes. The middle two letters
    identify the province. For key, see "Administrative Subdivisions of Countries".
  • Code: Keyed to the departments on this map .
  • Pop-1987: 1987-04-10 census
  • Pop-1976: 1976-04-09 census
  • Source for populations and area: Saint-Julien T., Grasland C. et al.:
    "Itineraires géographiques en Pays Statistique", Feuilles de Géographie,
    Hors-Série nº 1. Université de Paris, Paris. 1998.
  • Capital: The capital of a department is called a préfecture.
  1. ~1995: Mbam department split into Mbam-et-Inoubou and Mbam-et-Kim; Méfou split into Mefou-et-Afamba and Mefou-et-Akono; Ngo-Ketunjia department split from Mezam; Hauts-Plateaux and Koung-Khi departments split from Mifi; Ntem department split into Mvila and Vallée du Ntem. Name of Kaele department changed to Mayo-Kani.
  2. ~1998: Lebialem department split from Manyu; Kupe-Manenguba department split from Meme; Boyo department split from Menchum.

Other names of subdivisions:

Except where otherwise labeled, these are variant spellings that I've found. The word "et" can be replaced by "and" to create an English form.

  1. Bénoué: Benue
  2. Boumba-et-Ngoko: Boumba-Nkogo, Bumba-Nkogo
  3. Bui: Mbui
  4. Dja-et-Lobo: Ja-et-Lobo
  5. Djerem: Jerem
  6. Donga-Mantung: Ndonga Mantung, Ndonga Mentum; Nkambe (obsolete)
  7. Faro-et-Deo: Faro-Déo
  8. Haute-Sanaga: Upper Sanaga
  9. Haut-Nkam: Upper Nkam
  10. Haut-Nyong: Upper Nyong
  11. Hauts-Plateaux: Upper Plateaux
  12. Kadey: Kadeï
  13. Koung-Khi: Koung-Ki
  14. Koupé-Manengouba: Koupé et Manengouba, Kupe-Manenguba
  15. Lom-et-Djerem: Lom-et-Jerem
  16. Mayo-Banyo: Maya Banyo
  17. Mayo-Danay: Mayo-Danai
  18. Mayo-Kani: Kaele (obsolete)
  19. Mayo-Louti: Mayo-Luti
  20. Mayo-Tsanaga: Maya Tsanaga, Mayo Sanaga, Mayo-Tsanga
  21. Mbam-et-Inoubou: Mbam et Inougou
  22. Mefou-et-Afamba: Mefou Afamba
  23. Menchum: Mentchum, Mentum
  24. Menoua: Menua
  25. Mfoundi: Mfundi
  26. Moungo: Mungo
  27. Mvila: Ntem
  28. Ndian: Ndan, Ndiang
  29. Ngo-Ketunjia: Ngocketunja, Ngogetunjia, Ngok Etunjia
  30. Noun: Bamoun (obsolete); Nun
  31. Nyong-et-Kéllé: Nyong-et-Kele
  32. Nyong-et-Mfoumou: Myong and Mfoumou, Nyong et Mfoumo, Nyong-et-Mfumu
  33. Nyong-et-So'o: Myong and So'o, Nyong-et-So, Nyong et Soo
  34. Océan: Kribi (obsolete)
  35. Wouri: Wuri

Sources:

  1. [1] "Annuaire Statistique du Cameroun 2006", Institut National de la Statistique du Cameroun.
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