West Aceh Regency is a regency (Indonesian: kabupaten) in the Aceh special region of Indonesia. The regency currently covers an area of 2,927.95 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 173,558; the latest estimate (as at 2014) is 182,721. These figures include the city of Meulaboh, which was the seat of the regency government until 8 July 2013 when it was separated out as an independent city. The regency is a palm oil producing area. Some of the people of the regency are Minangkabau-descended Aneuk Jamee.
The regency was among the hardest-hit areas during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
The regency is bordered by the regencies of Aceh Jaya to the west, Pidie to the north, Central Aceh to the northeast, and Nagan Raya to the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean to the southwest.
West Aceh Regency Wikipedia
The regency was divided administratively into twelve sub-districts (kecamatan), listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census:Johan Pahlawan (21 villages) - 56,050
Samatiga (32 villages) - 13,322
Bubon (17 villages) - 6,545
Arongan Lambalek (23 villages) - 10,609
Woyla (43 villages) - 12,073
Woyla Barat (24 villages) - 6,858
Woyla Timur (26 villages) - 4,138
Kaway XVI (42 villages) - 18,753
Meureubo (26 villages) - 26,510
Pantai Ceuremen (25 villages) - 9,635
Panton Reu (19 villages) - 5,671
Sungai Mas (18 villages) - 3,394
However, on 8 July 2013 the city of Meulaboh was separated out of the regency to become an independent city.