Vision: The People of Margibi envision a peaceful and secure County
with modern Cities and paved highways connecting Districts
and Townships, with equality of access to health care, education, and justice for all, including women and vulnerable groups, regardless of tribe, religion, or politics.
Overview: Margibi County is famous for its numerous rubber plantations, paramount among them being the Firestone and Salala plantations. These institutions have been instrumental in providing jobs and other basic services including schools, shelter, and health care for thousands of inhabitants of the County. The County can boast of some excellent educational institutions, including the famous Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Kakata, and the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). About 90% of the County’s population are Christians, 5% are Muslims and another 5% is Animist. The main livelihood activities are subsistence agriculture, rubber tapping and charcoal production.
Margibi County is located in central Liberia just about 45 minutes’ drive from
Monrovia. It is one of the newest counties, created just prior to the civil war. It was founded in 1984 as the 13th county, when two territories, Marshall and Gibi, were removed from Montserrado County and merged to form Margibi. The name derives from “Mar” for Marshall Territory and “Gibi” from Gibi District.
County Abbreviation: MG
County Flag: The County’s flag is comprised of two major colors, green and red. The green color represents the forest region of the County and its abundant natural vegetation. The
red represents the county’s share of the struggle that brought in the military and subsequently transformed the country from Military to Civilian rule.
Resident Population: 209,923
Districts: The County is comprised of two main administrative districts, Gibi in the upper part and Mambah-Kaba in the Lower part, both of them headed by District Commissioners. The other subdivisions are the six townships (Cinta, Borlola and
Larkeyta in Upper Margibi, and Charleville, Schefflin and Lloydville in Lower Margibi), also headed by Commissioners, and two cities (Kakata and Marshall) administered by city mayors.
Race/Ethnicity: The Bassa is the dominant ethnic group, though all or nearly all of Liberia’s tribes are
represented in the County. About 90% of the County’s population is Christians, with roughly 5% Muslims and 5% Animists.
GDP: With 50% of the country’s GDP coming from agriculture, achieving
this objective will require a similar rate of growth in agriculture
Resources: Liberia’s economy has traditionally been based on subsistence agriculture, rubber,
mining (mainly of iron ore, but also of gold and diamonds) and timber. Commercial or cash crops produced in the county included rubber, produced by 52% of households; cacao, produced by 10% of households; coconuts, produced by 14% of households; sugarcane and pineapple, each produced by 14%; plantain/
banana, produced by 34%; palm nuts, produced by 14%; and cola nuts, produced by 3%.”One percent of households surveyed owned goats, another 6% owned pigs, 6% owned ducks and 39% owned chickens.
Land Area: The total land area of the County is approximately 2866.67 square miles, with an estimated 118,000 acres.
Location: The county is ideally situated along the Atlantic
Ocean in the South and neighbors Montserrado County on the East, Bong County on the North and Northeast, and Grand Bassa County on the West.