Kicevo is city in the western part of the Republic of Macedonia with 27,067 inhabitants (2002).
Located in the southern part of Kicevo valley, around Kale, in composition of Zajacka and Tujnska River, at an altitude of about 620 m.
Through Kicevo passes highway M-4 which on north connects it with Gostivar, and Ohrid on south. Regional road west through Jama is connected to Debar, and east along the valley Treska with Makedonski Brod. From Skopje via Tetovo and Gostivar to Kicevo leads railroad line. The city covers an area of 906 ha, it has changed continental climate with an average annual air temperature of 10.7 ° C (51.26 F) and average annual rainfall of 762 mm.
Kicevo is old city. For the first time under the name Kicavis is mentioned in 1018 as settlement in Ohrid Archbishopric. Developed around the fort which has remains of Pre-Sav period. The city much progressed in XVIII century when Kicevo became the seat of the Casa. At the beginning of the XX c. population grew to 4.844 inhabitants, however, after the Balkan wars, with the eviction of the Turks, in Kicevo left to live only about 1,000 residents.
Old postcards from Kicevo
Kicevo rapidly developes in the second half of the last century, when from 9.567 inhabitants in 1953, the population increased to 27,067 in 2002. Of these 15,031 inhabitants are Macedonians, 7.641 Albanian, 2.406 Turks, Roma 1.329 and a small number of Vlachs and Serbs.
Kicevo seat of Municipality of Kicevo which covers an area of 4914 ha, has seven settlements with 30,138 inhabitants. The main industries in the city are metal, electro, wood, ceramics and textiles. The town has a high school, home of culture, museum and health center. In the village Vranestica brick and tile factory are located. In village Oslomej coal mine and thermal power plant are located, in the village Tajmiste iron ore mine, and in the village Cer marble mine.