Jambi (city)

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City of Jambi
Kota Jambi
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   Jawi بندارايا جمبي
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Jambi city in evening
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Tanah Pilih Pesako Betuah
(Chosen Land with Auspicious Heritage)
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Location within Jambi Province
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Location in Sumatra
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Location in Indonesia
Coordinates: 1°35′24″S103°36′36″E / 1.59000°S 103.61000°E / -1.59000; 103.61000 Coordinates: 1°35′24″S103°36′36″E / 1.59000°S 103.61000°E / -1.59000; 103.61000
Country Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Province Coat of arms of Jambi.svg Jambi
Founded17 May 1401
City Status1956
  MayorSyarif Fasha (Golkar)
  Vice MayorMaulana
  Total205.38 km2 (79.30 sq mi)
16 m (52 ft)
  Density2,951.6/km2 (7,645/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7 (Indonesia Western Time)
Area code (+62) 741
Website jambikota.go.id
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Muaro Jambi Temple Compounds

Jambi is the capital and largest city of the Indonesian province of Jambi. Located on the island of Sumatra, the city is a busy port on the Batang Hari River and an oil- and rubber-producing centre. The city is located 26 km (16 mi) from the ruins of Muaro Jambi Temple Compounds, an important city in the ancient Srivijaya kingdom.


Nearby towns and villages include Mendalo (5.1 nmi (9.4 km; 5.9 mi)), Kinati (4.1 nmi (7.6 km; 4.7 mi)), Padang (4.5 nmi (8.3 km; 5.2 mi)), Tanjungjohor (3.2 nmi (5.9 km; 3.7 mi)), Paalmerah (2.8 nmi (5.2 km; 3.2 mi)), and Muarakumpe (3.6 nmi (6.7 km; 4.1 mi)). Jambi City itself is an enclave within Muaro Jambi Regency.

Jambi is served by the Sultan Thaha Airport.


Jambi City was denoted as the administrative capital of the Jambi autonomic area by the Governor of Sumatra on 17 May 1946. In 1956, Jambi City was given its city status, and eventually became the capital of Jambi province on 6 January 1957.


The total land area of Jambi city is 205.38 km2 (79 sq mi). Jambi City is located at the south-western portion of the Sumatran Basin, a low-lying area in Eastern Sumatra with an altitude of 0 to 60m above sea level. A segment of the Batanghari River, the longest river in Sumatra at 1,700 km (1,056 mi), flows through Jambi City.


Jambi City is the most populated city in Jambi Province, with 606,200 inhabitants (17% of the province's population) living in this city in 2020.

Administrative districts

At the time of the 2010 Census, the city of Jambi was subdivided into eight administrative districts (kecamatan), but since 2010, three additional districts have been added by the splitting of existing districts - Alam Barajo, Danau Sipin and Paal Merah. The districts are listed below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census [1] and 2020 Census. [2] The table also includes the locations of the district administrative centres, and the number of administrative villages (urban kelurahan) in each district.

Kota Baru36.11139,35980,062Paal Lima5
Alam Baraja41.56(a)108,196Bagan Pete5
Jambi Selatan
(South Jambi)
11.41124,28056,929Pakuan Baru5
Paal Merah27.13(a)105,906Talang Bakung5
Pasar Jambi4.0212,80011,193Pasar4
Telanaipura22.5192,36649,212Telanai Pura6
Danau Sipin7.88(a)43,375Murni5
Danau Teluk15.7011,82412,822Olak Kemang5
Pelayangan15.2912,86112,939Ulu Gedong6
Jambi Timur
(East Jambi)
15.9477,82366,124Tanjung Pinang9
Totals205.38531,857606,200Kota Baru62

Note: (a) the 2010 populations of these new districts are included with the figure for the district from which they were cut.


Jambi has a tropical rainforest climate (Af) according to the Köppen climate classification, with a minimum temperature of 22 to 23 °C (72 to 73 °F) and a maximum temperature of 30 to 32 °C (86 to 90 °F). The level of humidity ranges from 82 to 28%. Annual rainfall of Jambi City is 2,296.1 mm (90.4 in), with the rainy season lasting from October to March with 20 rainy days a month. The dry season lasts from April to September with an average of 16 rainy days a month.

Climate data for Jambi
Average high °C (°F)30.1
Daily mean °C (°F)26.2
Average low °C (°F)22.4
Average precipitation mm (inches)218
Source: Climate-Data.org [3]


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Gentala Arasy pedestrian bridge

The city is served by Sultan Thaha Airport, which has connections to Jakarta, Batam, Palembang, Medan, Bengkulu, Bandar Lampung and Pekanbaru. Trans-Sumatran Highway crosses the city. Jambi port is located over Batang Hari River. Public transportation includes angkot and ojek. Ride sharing services Grab and Gojek also available.

Twin towns – sister cities

Jambi City is twinned with:

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