La Altagracia Province
|- elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|Area||3,010.34 km² (1,162 sq mi)|
|Density||90.8 /km² (235 /sq mi)|
5 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
The region of the province was part of the El Seibo until 1944 when it was made part of the new province of La Romana. In 27 February 1961, the La Romana province was split in two provinces: La Romana and La Altagracia.
Origin of name [change]
The province is called La Altagracia (in English, High Grace) because the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (in English, "Our Lady of High Grace Church") is in the city of Higüey, capital city of the province.
- San Rafael del Yuma
Its population represents 2.9% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 9th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
There are some low mountains in the northern part of the province. Those mountains are part of the Cordillera Oriental ("Eastern mountain range"). Savannas are found everywhere in the province.
There are not many rivers in this province. The main river is the Yuma that flows from north to south, into the Caribbean Sea.
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.
The most important economic activities in the province are farming (cattle and sugar cane) and tourism. The eastern coast of the province, in the region of Punta Cana and Bávaro, is the most important touristic centre of the country with many hotels along beaches with white sand. Bayahibe, in the southern coast, is also an important touristic centre.
- Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
- Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://www.one.gob.do/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=1098. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). http://censo2010.one.gob.do/resultados/Resumen_resultados_generales_censo_2010.pdf. Retrieved 2013-1-29.
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