The first thing to know about Essie is its population. The city has approximately 100,000 residents. It is located 2600 meters up in the hills and is glorious on a sunny day but can be miserable during rainy weather. It is a densely populated city, squeezed between two very picturesque hills with little room to expand. The town is characterized by corrugated iron roofs, rusty metal, and constant crowds. The town was passed over to Bahir Dar to become the Amhara Region's capital, but is now a backwater Zonal Capital.
Dessie is a multi-ethnic city located in northeastern Ethiopia. It is located 401 km from the capital Addis Ababa. The population of this city is more than one hundred years old. It is located at latitude 11'8degN and longitude 39'38E. Its elevation is between 2470 and 2550 meters above sea level. The city is a major port on the Nile River and serves as a commercial center.