North Toraja Regency

North Toraja Regency
Kabupaten Toraja Utara
Coat of arms of North Toraja Regency
Location within South Sulawesi
Location within South Sulawesi
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceSouth Sulawesi
CapitalRantepao
Area
 • Total1,151.47 km2 (444.59 sq mi)
Population
 (2020 census)[1]
 • Total261,086
 • Density230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+7 (WIB)

North Toraja (or Toraja Utara) is a landlocked regency (kabupaten) of South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, and the home of the Toraja ethnic group. The local government seat is in Rantepao which is also the center of Toraja culture. Formerly this regency was part of Tana Toraja Regency, but in 2008 was split off to form a separate Regency. It covers an area of 1,151.47 km2 and had a population of 216,762 at the 2010 census[2] and 261,086 at the 2020 census, comprising 133,335 males and 127,751 females.[3]

The Tana Toraja boundary was determined by the Dutch East Indies government in 1909. In 1926, Tana Toraja was under the administration of Bugis state, Luwu. The regentschap (or regency) status was given on 8 October 1946, the last regency given by the Dutch. Since 1984, Tana Toraja has been named as the second tourist destination after Bali by the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia. Since then, hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors have visited this regency. In addition, numerous Western anthropologists have come to Tana Toraja to study the indigenous Torajan people and their culture.

Christian mission in Tana Toraja Regency, Netherlands colonial period.
picture credits : Tropenmuseum.

Geography

Tana Toraja is located on the Sulawesi island, 300 km north of Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi. Its geographical location is between latitude of 2°-3° South and longitude 119°-120° East (center: 3°S 120°E / 3°S 120°E / -3; 120Coordinates: 3°S 120°E / 3°S 120°E / -3; 120). The area of the new North Toraja Regency is 1,151.47  km2, about 2.5% of the total area of South Sulawesi province. The topography of Tana Toraja is mountainous; its minimum elevation is 150 m, while the maximum is 3,083 above the sea level.[4]

Administrative Districts

North Toraja Regency in 2020 comprised twenty-one administrative Districts (Kecamatan), tabulated below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 census[5] and the 2020 census[6] The table also includes the location of the district administrative centre, and the number of administrative villages (111 rural desa - here called lembang - and 40 urban kelurahan) in each district.

Name Area
in km2
Population
census 2010
Population
census 2020
Admin
centre
No. of
villages
Sopai 47.64 13,042 15,687 Nonongan Selatan 8
Kesu 26.00 15,504 19,150 Ba'tan 7
Sanggalangi 39.00 11,129 13,218 Buntu La'bo 6
Buntao 49.50 8,911 11,443 Misa Ba'bana 6
Rantebua 84.84 7,595 8,989 Buangin 7
Nanggah 68.00 9,192 10,376 Nanggah Sangpiak Salu 9
Tondon 36.00 9,465 12,529 Tondon Langi 4
Tallunglipu 9.42 18,068 20,644 Tallunglipu 7
Rantepao 10.29 25,585 28,451 Singki 11
Tikala 23.44 10,275 12,342 Buntu Barana 7
Sesean 40.05 10,893 13,319 Pangli 9
Balusu 46.51 6,760 7,983 Balusu 7
Satlan 80.49 14,923 18,722 Satlan Malimbong 10
Bangkelekila 21.00 5,128 8,525 Tampan Bonga 4
Sesean Suloara 21.68 6,236 6,943 Suloara 5
Kapala Pitu 47.27 6,041 6,982 Polo Padang 6
Dende Piongan Napo 77.49 7,979 9,046 Dende 8
Awan Rante Karua 54.71 5,193 5,634 Awan 4
Rindingallo 74.25 7,255 9,070 Pangala 9
Buntu Pepasan 131.72 12,228 14,582 Sapan 13
Baruppu 162.17 5,358 7,451 Baruppu Selatan 4
Totals 1,151.47 216,762 261,086 Rantepao 151

See also

References

  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  4. ^ "Official Tana Toraja website" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2005-11-10.
  5. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  6. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.

External links

  • Toraja Treasures.com - Toraja online information.
  • Official website
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