The governorate's population was 145,894 in 1964 and had risen to 156,980 by 1972.
- Fisher, Morris (1985) Provinces and provincial capitals of the world (2nd edition) Scarecrow Press, Metuchen, New Jersey, page 88, ISBN 0-8108-1758-6
- United States, Department of the Army (1973) "Table 1. Distribution of the Population of Libya, by Governorates 1964 and 1972" Libya (Department of the Army pamphet 550) Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. page 60
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