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"Do you like seafood? Shrimp and crabmeat? Often overlooked, District 4 plays an essential role, bringing us the bounty of the sea. These citizens are adept with nets and tridents, and can swim like fish themselves."
―Description from The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide[src]

District 4 is one of the wealthiest districts of Panem. Its major industry is fishing, and the children are trained for jobs in this industry from a young age. In Catching Fire, Katniss notices on her Victory Tour that District 4, along with 3 and 8, seemed quite happy to see her, implying that District 4 is a rebellious district. The victors from this district also pledged loyalty to the rebellion and to Katniss Everdeen.

Everyday life

District 4 as seen in the Catching Fire film adaption

Not much is known about District 4's way of living, aside from their specialization in fishing. The bread from this district is a salty, fish-shaped loaf, tinted green by seaweed. Its rebellious tendencies, expressed during Katniss and Peeta's Victory Tour, were described as "more of a cry for vengeance" and it was said that the crowd did not have "the weary cattle feel". This suggests that the citizens of District 4 faced severe oppression but were healthy enough (not battling starvation and poverty) to fight.

While preparing for the 3rd Quarter Quell in the Training Center, Katniss encounters difficulty at the knot-tying station and is helped by another tribute, and she realizes that "Of course it's Finnick, who seems to have spent his childhood doing nothing but wielding tridents and manipulating ropes into fancy knots for nets, I guess".[1] This shows that unlike the children of District 12 (and just like the children in the other districts), the children in District 4 begin to learn their district's industry from an early age.

Known Tributes

District 4 tributes, 74th Hunger Games

As with Districts 1 and 2, District 4 tends to produce Career Tributes, who volunteer to participate in the Hunger Games. Although illegal, these children are naturally raised and trained to have an advantage in the Games, making them stronger and much more capable of winning than the average tribute. These tributes are used to the dangerous nature of the fishing industry, and they have prior experience in swimming, using nets and tridents, making fishhooks from scratch, and identifying edible sea life. It’s also noted that by the 75th Hunger games, the district had 4 living male victors and 2 female victors eligible for the reaping.

All living District 4 male victors at the reaping of the 75th Hunger games

Location and geography

According to the map of Panem featured in The Hunger Games Adventures, District 4 is located on the western coast of the continent, roughly corresponding to California and southern Oregon. This ties in with the district's industry of fishing, and the fact that tributes from District 4 tend to be very good swimmers. During their Victory Tour in Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta notice the ocean when visiting one of the districts, quite possibly District 4.


  • Being one of the first districts to rebel and as well as having the production of Career tributes, it can be inferred that District 4 was probably one of the first districts to pry from the Capitol's grasp, as well as Districts 1, 3, 8, and 11, during the 2nd rebellion. Although, it didn't fight one of the first four battles of the war which means it was the 5th - 10th district to do so.
  • All the three known deceased female tributes from District 4 share a similar death. All of them were in fact poisoned by a Gamemakers' creation (Coral by the snake muttations, the girl in the 74th Hunger Games by the tracker jackers, and Mags by the fog).
  • In Catching Fire, Katniss mentions an accent that many from District 4 speak with when describing Mags.
  • Although District 4 is stated in the novels to produce Career tributes, in the films, nothing was mentioned about tributes from District 4 being Careers.
  • In the Catching Fire film, a young District 4 girl with blonde hair and brown eyes looks up at Katniss and tells her "One day, I'm going to volunteer. Just like you did."; this could imply that District 4 citizens are in favor of the Hunger Games, similar to districts 1 and 2, or that the girl was simply inspired by Katniss Everdeen and wanted to be like her.
  • According to The Hunger Games Adventures, District 4 is located on the west coast of Panem, just to the southeast of District 7.
  • In one or two maps seen in the movies District 4 is also located on the west coast of Panem.
  • According to the Capitol.PN, District 4 has 12 fisheries in operation with a population of 111,453, making it the seventh largest district, in terms of population.
  • According to the Capitol.PN, District 4 claims 26,357 in tesserae, making it the fourth richest district.
    • If the population is 111,453 and they claim 26,357 tesserae, it would equal to 0.236 tesserae per person, making it the 5th richest District.
  • Based on the arena wear for the 74th Hunger Games, the district's colour seems to be plantation teal (#415149 –    ).[2][3]
  • Unlike District 1 and 2, District 4's tributes aren’t always Careers. An example of this is the District 4 male in the 74th Hunger Games.


The Hunger Games trilogy
Novels The Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjayThe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Main Characters Katniss EverdeenPeeta MellarkGale HawthorneHaymitch AbernathyEffie Trinket
Supporting Characters Primrose EverdeenPresident SnowCinnaMrs. EverdeenMr. EverdeenPresident CoinClaudius TemplesmithCaesar FlickermanMadge UnderseePaylorPlutarch HeavensbeeSeneca Crane
Tributes MarvelGlimmerCatoCloveFoxfaceThreshRueMaysilee DonnerTitus
Past Victors Augustus BraunAnnie CrestaBeetee LatierBlightBrutusCashmereCeceliaChaffEnobariaFinnick OdairGlossJohanna MasonLymeMags FlanaganMorphlingsPorter Millicent TrippSeederWiressWoof
Groups RebellionGamemakersPrep teamTributesVictors
Locations PanemThe CapitolDistrict 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13
Behind the Scenes Suzanne CollinsGary RossFrancis Lawrence
Films The Hunger Games (film)Catching Fire (film)Mockingjay - Part 1Mockingjay - Part 2