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Full nameBamako
Official nameBamako
Settlement typeCapital City and Cercle
RegionBamako Capital District
TypeCapitol District
Marie du DistrictAdama Sangaré
Total Area97.3 sq mi (252 km2)
Elevation1148.3 ft (350 m)
Total Population1809106 (1 April 2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCoordinated Universal Time (UTC-0)

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Bamako is the capital of Mali and its largest city with a population of 1.8 million (2009 Census, provisional). Currently, it is estimated to be the fastest growing city in Africa and sixth fastest in the world. It is located on the Niger River, near the rapids that divide the upper and middle Niger valleys in the southwestern part of the country.

Bamako is the nation's administrative center. The city proper is cercle by its own right. Bamako's river port is located in nearby Koulikoro along with a major regional trade and conference center. Bamako is the seventh largest West African urban center after Lagos, Abidjan, Kano, Ibadan, Dakar and Accra. Local manufactures include textiles, processed meat, and metal goods. There is commercial fishing on the Niger River.

The name Bamako comes from the Bambara word meaning "crocodile river".

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