About Lowell's Sister Cities
Limerick, Ireland: Limerick is in Ireland's Shannon region. It shares many similiarities with Lowell, to include its diversity, its status as a regional cultural center, and its population, which is estimated at 91,000 (with some municipal suburbs included). The city is built on several curves and islands of the River Shannon -- much like Lowell, its bridges are among its prominent architectural features. Limerick is one of the constituent cities of the Cork-Limerick-Galway corridor, which has a population of 1 million.
Winneba, Ghana: Winneba is an historic fishing town on the southern coast of Ghana in Western Africa. It is 35 miles west of Accra, the nation's capital. According to the 2000 census, Winneba's population is 40,017. Winneba's main industries are fishing and pottery. It is home to one of Ghana's major universities, the University of Education, Winneba.
St. Die des Vosges, France: St. Die des Vosges is a town of 22,926 in the Vosges Mountains of northeastern France. Today, St. Die is primarily a center of public services, educational institutions, a hospital, and service industry businesses.
Nairobi, Kenya: The capital of Kenya, Nairobi was founded by British colonists in 1899 as a rail depot along the railroad linking the port of Mombasa, Kenya to Kampala, Uganda. Nairobi quickly grew, and became the capital of British East Africa in 1907. When Kenya gained its independence in 1963, Nairobi was named as the capital. According to a 2009 census, Nairobi has a population of 3,183, 295. It is home to the Nairobi Stock Exchange, which is the fourth-largest in Africa. The University of Nairobi, which has 55,000 students, is the oldest in Kenya.
Barclayville, Liberia: Barclayville is a village of 2,733 residents that sits along the Na River near Liberia's southern coast. In the 1930s, Liberian President Edwin Barclay created Barclayville from four separate villages in order to resolve a tribal dispute. The primary spoken language in Barclayville is Kplio, a dialect of Grebo. English, however, is the primary language of instruction in its schools.
Lobito, Angola: Located in Benguela Province, Lobito is a port city with a population of 207,957 (2005 census). Lobito is the sea terminus of the Benguela Railway, which connected Angola to the African interior. The town was founded in 1843 by the order of Maria II of Portugal. Harbor works were begun in 1903, and Lobito soon became one of the busiest ports in Angola. Port operations were disrupted during the Angolan Civil War (1975-2002), but have since begun to rebound.
Bryansk, Russia: Bryansk is a steel and machinery manufacturing center located 235 miles southwest of Moscow. A 2010 estimate placed its population at 415, 640. Bryansk is home to two universities, three theaters, and a technical academy.
Berdyansk, Ukraine: Today, Berdyansk is primarily known as a resort city. Although its year-round population is estimated at 125,000, that number swells to as many as 600,000 during peak resort season in the late spring and summer. Berdyansk was a major industrial center during the Soviet era, with factories for agricultural equipment, hydraulic machines, fiberglass, and industrial cables. Today, in addition to its role as a tourism center along the coast of the Sea of Azov, Berdyansk is an important highway and railway junction.
Bamenda, Cameroon: Bamenda is a city in northwestern Cameroon with a population of 269,530 (2005 census). It is a provincial capital known for its commercial centers and its agricultural processing facilities. It is in a part of Cameroon that was once colonized by Germans. After WWI, when German overseas colonies were split by the victorious powers, Bamenda fell under British influence. Today, it is an Anglophone region.