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Koidu Town is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is locally governed by a directly elected city council, headed by a mayor, in whom local executive authority is vested. The city's municipality is officially known as Koidu–New Sembehun. The municipality of Koidu–New Sembehun had a population of 82,899 in the 2004 census (a 2006 estimate being 111,800).
Koidu Town is one of the most ethnically, and religiously diverse cities in Sierra Leone and is inhabited by significant numbers of many of the country's ethnic groups. Most of the foreign diamond workers in Kono District reside in the city.
The Krio language is by far the most widely spoken language in Koidu Town and is primarily used as the language of communication in the city.
Like the rest of Sierra Leone, football (soccer) is by far the most popular sport in the city. The Sierra Leonean professional football club known as the Diamond Stars of Kono, which is based in Koidu Town, represent the city and the entire Kono District in the Sierra Leone National Premier League.