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Bouaké

Administration
Full nameBouaké
Other nameBwake
Country 
RegionVallée du Bandama
departmentBouaké Department
Demography
Total Population775300 (2002)
Other information
Time zoneGMT (UTC+0)

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Bouaké (or Bwake) is the second largest city in Côte d'Ivoire, with a population of 775,300 (2002 census). It is the main urban settlement of the Bouaké Department with a population exceeding 1.2 million, in the Vallée du Bandama Region. The city is located in the central part of Côte d'Ivoire about 50 km (31.1 mi) northeast of Lake Kossou, the country's largest lake, some 350 km (217.5 mi) north of Abidjan on the Abidjan-Niger Railway and about 100 km (62.1 mi) northeast of Yamoussoukro, the capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

Bouaké is a centre for the Baoulé people and is known for its crafts. The economy is based on the cotton industry. The city largely grew from the 1970s after the construction of the power station at Kossou Lake flooded land to the west of the city. Bouaké is known for its large carnival and market and for the St Michael's Cathedral. The city has a large airport located north-west of the city with a 3300 m (2.1 mi) runway. Manchester City F.C defender Kolo Touré and his brothers Yaya Touré and Ibrahim Touré were born in Bouaké.


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