With a population approaching 700,000, Iganga District is one of the most densely populated of Uganda. In spite of that fact, Iganga District boasts only one town, Iganga town, which has long been the largest in the country without running water or public sewage systems – earning it the title "Uganda’s Dirtiest City."
Located in the middle of the Busoga region of the Basoga people, Iganga District has long been considered one of the more marginalized of the country and as a result it is among the poorest. Lusoga, a Bantu language closely related to the national language, Luganda, is what most people in the region speak. Those who attend formal schooling, particularly secondary school, also learn English as well as formal Luganda.
The rural economy of Iganga depends heavily on maize, potatoes and sugar cane.