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Msalala District is among the four districts in Shinyanga Region and Msalala District Council is one among the six councils in the region which are Kishapu, Shinyanga Municipal, Shinyanga Rural, Kahama Town Council, Ushetu and Msalala. The council was established from the former Kahama District Council. The district lies between latitude 3015" and 4030" south of Ikweta and Longitude 31030" and 33000" east of Greenwich.
The district borders Geita region to the north and to the south it borders with Tabora region. To the west, the district borders with Shinyanga district and to the west it borders Kahama Town Council. Administratively Msalala district has 2 Division, 16 Wards, 82 Villages and 322 Sub-villages. The district occupies an area of 263,520.2 hectares (2,635.52 km2) which is equivalent to 5.2% of the total area of Shinyanga region i.e 50,781 km².
According to the 2012 Population and Housing Census Msalala district had 250,727 people out of which 122,234 were males and 128,493 were females.
There are 87 primary schools in the district out of which 85 are government schools and 2 are privately owned. There are 51,295 pupils in government primary schools out of which 25,188 are boys and 26,107 are girls. In private schools there are 257 pupils of which 124 are boys and 133 are girls. The district has 14 government secondary schools.
There are two (2) Government Rural Health Centres and 16 Government Dispensaries in the district. The district has no hospital.
The district has 5 water piped scheme (2 under construction), 295 shallow-wells, 18 deep-wells.
The total road-network in the district is 715 km of which 25 km are tarmac road, 205 km are gravel and 485 km are earth-feeder roads.