Jambyl Region

Jambyl Region
Жамбыл облысы
Жамбылская область

Coat of arms

Map of Kazakhstan, location of Jambyl Province highlighted
Coordinates: 44°0′N 72°0′E / 44.000°N 72.000°E / 44.000; 72.000Coordinates: 44°0′N 72°0′E / 44.000°N 72.000°E / 44.000; 72.000
Country  Kazakhstan
Capital Taraz
  Akim Karim Kokirekbaev
  Total 144,264 km2 (55,701 sq mi)
Population (2013-02-01)[2]
  Total 1,071,645
  Density 7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zone East (UTC+6)
  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+6)
Postal codes 080000
Area codes +7 (726)
ISO 3166 code KZ-ZHA
Vehicle registration 08, H
Districts 10
Cities 4
Villages 367
Website www.zhambyl.kz

Jambyl Region (Kazakh: Жамбыл облысы, Jambıl oblısı, جامبىل وبلىسى) is a region of Kazakhstan. Its capital is Taraz. The population of the region is 1,000,000; the city is 335,100. The provinceregion borders Kyrgyzstan, and is very near Uzbekistan (all to the south). Jambyl also borders three other provinces: Karaganda Region (to the north), South Kazakhstan Region (to the west) and Almaty Region (to the east). The total area is 144,200 square kilometres (55,700 sq mi). The province borders Lake Balkhash to its northeast. The province (and its capital during the Soviet era) was named after the Kazakh akyn (folk singer) Jambyl Jabayev.


An estimated 1.2 million people lived in the province in 2010. The population consists of more than 100 ethnic groups. Kazakhs comprise about 65% of the population. The lowest percentage of Kazakhs is in Taraz (Dzhambul) though their share in the city has grown from 23% in 1989 to 60% in 2009.


See Taraz for a detailed account of the history of the provincial capital.

Administrative divisions

The province is administratively divided into ten districts and the city of Taraz.[3]

  1. Bayzak District, with the administrative center in the auyl of Sarykemer;
  2. Jambyl District, the auyl of Asy;
  3. Korday District, the auyl of Korday;
  4. Merki District, the auyl of Merki;
  5. Moiynkum District, the auyl of Moiynkum;
  6. Sarysu District, the town of Janatas;
  7. Shu District, the auyl of Tole bi;
  8. Talas District, the town of Karatau;
  9. Turar Ryskulov District, the auyl of Kulan;
  10. Zhualy District, the auyl of Bauyrjan Momyshuly.

Janatas, Karatau, Shu, and Taraz have the administrative status of a town.[3]


Important industries include rock phosphate mining (around Karatau). The Chu River valley is one of Kazakhstan's important areas of irrigated agriculture.

The core of the rail transportation network in the region is based on the east-west Turksib rail line, which runs through Taraz and Chu toward Almaty, and the north-south Transkazakhstan line, which runs north from Chu toward Astana. CIS Highway M 39 (which in this area forms part of European route E40) comes from Tashkent, Uzbekistan over Shymkent (capital of neighbouring province South Kazakhstan) and runs further over Taraz to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; then it comes to Jambyl Province again through Korday border crossing and continues east toward Almaty.


  1. Official site - General Information
  2. Agency of statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Численность населения Республики Казахстан по областям с началa 2013 года до 1 февраля 2013 года (russisch; Excel-Datei; 55 kB).
  3. 1 2 "Характеристика" (in Russian). The official portal of akimat of Jambyl Region. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
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