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Full nameNiamey
Official nameNiamey
RegionNiamey Urban Community
Communes Urbaines5 Communes
Districts44 Districts
Quartiers99 Quarters
TypeAppointed district government, elected city council, elected commune and quarter councils
Governor of Niamey Urban CommunityMrs. Kané Aichatou Boulama
Mayor of Niamey CityOumarou Dogari Moumouni
Total Area92.4 sq mi (239.30 km2)
Elevation679.1 ft (207 m)
Total Population774235 (2006 estimate)
Density (pop.)2597/km2 (6726.2/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneWAT (UTC+1)
Area code20

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Niamey (-frnjaˈmɛ) is the capital and largest city of the West African nation of Niger. Niamey lies on the Niger River, primarily situated on the east bank. It is an administrative, cultural and economic center. Niamey's population, which was estimated at 774,235 in 2006,, is now projected to be much higher.

The city is located in a pearl millet growing region, while manufacturing industries include bricks, ceramic goods, cement and weaving.

Niamey was probably founded in the eighteenth century, but was of little importance to most of the country until the French developed a colonial post in the 1890s. This rapidly grew into an important center. In 1926 it became the capital of Niger, and the population gradually increased, from about 3,000 in 1930 to around 30,000 in 1960, 250,000 in 1980 and - by some estimates - 800,000 in 2000. In 2011, government press estimated the total urban population at over 1.5 million. A major cause of the increase has been in migration for work and during droughts, as well a high population grown. This last factor means a majority of the city's citizens are youths.

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