List of municipalities in Georgia (country)

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A municipality (Georgian :მუნიციპალიტეტი, romanized:munitsip'alit'et'i) is a subdivision of Georgia, consisting of a settlement or a group of settlements, which enjoy local self-government. There are two types of municipalities—self-governing cities (ქალაქი, kalaki), 5 in total, and self-governing communities (თემი, temi), 67 in total, as of January 2019. [1]



The municipalities were first established in 2006. Most of them were successors to the earlier subdivisions, known as raioni (რაიონი), "districts". In addition, new municipalities were formed to govern those settlements in the disputed entities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that then remained under Georgia's control. After the Russo-Georgian War of 2008, Georgia treats these municipalities as parts of its occupied territories. The former districts not under Georgia's effective sovereignty at the moment of the local government reform of 2006 were not transformed into municipalities. Rather, the laws of Georgia include a notion that the final mode of subdivision and system of local self-government should be established after the restoration of the state jurisdiction over the occupied territories. [2] [3] Each municipality is divided into administrative units (ადმინისტრაციული ერთეული), which can comprise one or several settlements. [4]

The municipalities outside the two autonomous republics of Adjara and of Abkhazia and the capital city of Tbilisi are grouped, on a provisional basis, into nine regions ( mkhare ): Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, and Shida Kartli. [2]

List of municipalities as of 2019

Regions, municipalities, and districts of Georgia
Municipality as of 2019Corresponding district as of 2006Population
(01.01.2016 estimate) [5]
Tbilisi, City of1,113,000
Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia *n.a.****
1. Azhara (Upper Abkhazia), Community of*n.a.****
Autonomous Republic of Adjara 337,000
1. Batumi, City of154,600
2. Keda, Community ofKeda District16,900
3. Kobuleti, Community ofKobuleti District75,200
4. Khelvachauri, Community ofKhelvachauri District51,700
5. Khulo, Community ofKhulo District23,500
6. Shuakhevi, Community ofShuakhevi District15,100
Region of Guria 113,000
1. Chokhatauri, Municipality ofChokhatauri District18,900
2. Lanchkhuti, Community ofLanchkhuti District31,500
3. Ozurgeti, Community ofOzurgeti District48,000
Region of Imereti 532,900
1. Kutaisi, City of147,900
2. Baghdati, Community ofBaghdati District21,500
3. Vani, Community ofVani District24,500
4. Zestaponi, Community ofZestaponi District57,500
5. Terjola, Community ofTerjola District35,400
6. Samtredia, Community ofSamtredia District48,500
7. Sachkhere, Community of**Sachkhere District**37,800
8. Tkibuli, Community ofTkibuli District20,600
9. Tsqaltubo, Community ofTskkaltubo District56,600
10. Chiatura, Community ofChiatura District39,800
11. Kharagauli, Community ofKharagauli District19,400
12. Khoni, Community ofKhoni District23,400
Region of Kakheti 318,400
1. Akhmeta, Community ofAkhmeta District31,700
2. Gurjaani, Community ofGurjaani District53,900
3. Dedoplis Tskaro, Community ofDedoplis Tskaro District21,100
4. Telavi, Community ofTelavi District38,700
5. Lagodekhi, Community ofLagodekhi District41,800
6. Sagarejo, Community ofSagarejo District52,200
7. Sighnaghi, Community of29,600
8. Qvareli, Community ofQvareli District29,800
Region of Mtskheta-Mtianeti 94,200
1. Akhalgori, Community of**Akhalgori District**n.a.***
2. Dusheti, Community ofDusheti District25,400
3. Tianeti, Community ofTianeti District9,300
4. Mtskheta, Community ofMtskheta District47,800
5. Kazbegi, Community ofKazbegi District3,800
Region of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti 31,500
1. Ambrolauri, Community ofAmbrolauri District8,900
2. Lentekhi, Community ofLentekhi District4,400
3. Oni, Community of**Oni District**6,000
4. Tsageri, Community ofTsageri District10,200
Region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti 329,700
1. Poti, City of41,500
2. Abasha, Community ofAbasha District22,100
3. Zugdidi, Community ofZugdidi District62,500
4. Martvili, Community ofMartvili District33,300
5. Mestia, Community ofMestia District9,400
6. Senaki, Community ofSenaki District39,500
7. Chkhorotsku, Community ofDistrict22,200
8. Tsalenjikha, Community ofTsalenjikha District26,100
9. Khobi, Community ofKhobi District30,400
Region of Samtskhe-Javakheti 160,500
1. Adigeni, Community ofAdigeni District16,500
2. Aspindza, Community ofAspindza District10,400
3. Akhalkalaki, Community ofAkhalkalaki District45,200
4. Akhaltsikhe, Community ofAkhaltsikhe District20,800
5. Borjomi, Community ofBorjomi District25,100
6. Ninotsminda, Community ofNinotsminda District24,500
Region of Kvemo Kartli 426,400
1. Rustavi, City of126,000
2. Bolnisi, Community ofBolnisi District53,800
3. Gardabani, Community ofGardabani District82,300
4. Dmanisi, Community ofDmanisi District19,100
5. Tetri Tsqaro, Community ofTetritsqaro District21,000
6. Marneuli, Community ofMarneuli District105,300
7. Tsalka, Community ofTsalka District18,900
Region of Shida Kartli 263,800
1. Gori, Community of**Gori District**77,800***
2. Kaspi, Community ofKaspi District43,700
3. Kareli, Community of**Kareli District**41,300***
4. Khashuri, Community ofKhashuri District52,700
5. Eredvi, Community of**n.a.****
6. Tighva, Community of**n.a.****
7. Kurta, Community of**n.a.****
Java District**n.a.****
Georgian administrative divisions with Russian-occupied territories (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) shown in pink. Map of Georgia with Abkhazia and South Ossetia highlighted.svg
Georgian administrative divisions with Russian-occupied territories (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) shown in pink.

*– The territories of Abkhazia outside Georgia's control and defined by Georgia as "occupied territories" as of 2015.

**– Municipalities which include at least some settlements in South Ossetia outside Georgia's control and defined by Georgia as "occupied territories" as of 2015.

***– Official statistics available only for those parts of the municipalities that are controlled by Georgia.

****– Official statistics are not available for the territories not under Georgia's control (Abkhazia and South Ossetia).

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