La Vega Province

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Coordinates: 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22°N 70.53°W / 19.22; -70.53
La Vega
Province
Country  Dominican Republic
Capital La Vega
 - elevation 100 m (328 ft)
 - coordinates 19°13′12″N 70°31′48″W / 19.22°N 70.53°W / 19.22; -70.53
Area 2,287.24 km² (883 sq mi)
Population 394,205 (2010) [1]
Density 172 /km² (445 /sq mi)
Province since 1844
Subdivisions 4 municipalities
7 municipal districts
persons 1 Senator
8 Deputies
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
Area code 1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2 DO-13
Location of the La Vega Province
Location of the La Vega Province

La Vega is a Dominican province, in the central part of the country. Its capital city is Concepción de la Vega.

It was one of the first provinces in the country; it was one of the provinces created by the first constitution of the country in 1844. Its name has always been La Vega.

Location[change | edit source]

The La Vega province has the Santiago and Espaillat provinces to the north, the Hermanas Mirabal, Duarte and Sánchez Ramírez to the east, the Monseñor Nouel and San José de Ocoa provinces to the south and the Azua and San Juan provinces to the west.

Origin of name[change | edit source]

The province takes its name from its capital and most important city: Concepción de la Vega (usually called just La Vega). "La Vega" means "The Valley".

Municipalities[change | edit source]

La Vega has a total area of 2,287.24 km².[2] It has 4.7% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the sixth largest province of the country.

There are four municipalities and seven municipal districts (M.D.) in the province. These are:

  1. La Vega, head municipality of the province
    1. El Ranchito (M.D.)
    2. Río Verde Arriba (M.D.)
  2. Constanza
    1. La Sabina (M.D.)
    2. Tireo (M.D.)
  3. Jarabacoa
    1. Buena Vista (M.D.)
    2. Manabao (M.D.)
  4. Jima Abajo
    1. Rincón (M.D.)

Population[change | edit source]

In 2010 (last national census), there were 394,205 people living in the La Vega province, and just 185,101 (46.96%) living in towns and cities. The population density was 172 persons/km².[3]

Its population represents 4.2% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 5th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.

The largest city of the province is La Vega, its head municipality or capital, with a population (in 2010) of 202,864 inhabitants.[3]

Geography[change | edit source]

Mountains[change | edit source]

The Cordillera Central ("Central mountain chain") is in the western part of the province. The "Valle de la Vega Real" (in English, the Royal Valley), the eastern part of the Cibao Valley, is in the eastern half of the province.

The highest mountain in the province is Alto Bandera, with 2,872 m.[4]

Rivers[change | edit source]

The main rivers of the province are the Yaque del Norte, Yuna and Camú rivers.

References[change | edit source]

  1. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. http://censo2010.one.gob.do/volumenes_censo_2010/vol1.pdf. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  2. Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. De la Fuente, Santiago (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. pp. 38.