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Rumphi is a district in the Northern Region of Malawi. The capital is Rumphi. The district covers an area of 4,769 km.² and has a population of 128,360.
Rumphi District extends from Lake Malawi in the east to the Zambian border in the west. The northern end of the Mzimba Plain extends into the eastern portion of the district. Most of the district is drained by the South Rukuru River and its tributaries. The Viphya Mountains extend into the southeastern portion of the district, and much of central portion of the district lies on the Nyika Plateau.
Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve covers the western end of the district, and Nyika National Park covers much of the center.
Rumphi is the district capital. Other towns include Chilumba, Chitango, Chiweta, and Livingstonia.
At the time of the 2018 Census of Malawi, the distribution of the population of Rumphi District by ethnic group was as follows:
There are three National Assembly constituencies in Rumphi:
Since the 2009 election all of these constituencies have been held by members of an independent party.
Rumphi has produced some notable residents like:
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