Medellín

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Medellín
City
Municipio de Medellín

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Location of the city (in dark gray) and municipality (red) of Medellín in Antioquia Department
Medellín is located in Colombia
Medellín
Location of the city (in dark gray) and municipality (red) of Medellín in Antioquia Department
Coordinates: 6°14′9.33″N 75°34′30.49″W / 6.235925°N 75.5751361°W / 6.235925; -75.5751361Coordinates: 6°14′9.33″N 75°34′30.49″W / 6.235925°N 75.5751361°W / 6.235925; -75.5751361
Country ColombiaColombia
Department Antioquia
Founded 1616
Government
 • Mayor Aníbal Gaviria, 2012-2015
Area
 • City 380 km2 (150 sq mi)
 • Metro 1,152 km2 (445 sq mi)
Elevation 1,495 m (4,905 ft)
Population (2005)
 • City 2.343.101 hab (ranked 2nd)
 • Density 6.925/km2 (17.94/sq mi)
 • Metro 3.333.970 hab
HDI (2006) 0.808 – high[1]

Medellín (pronounced IPA: [mɛdəˈjiːn] or [mɛdəˈliːn], Spanish: [með̞eˈʝin] or [með̞eˈʎin]) is the capital city in the Metropolitan Area of Medellín of the Antioquia Department, Colombia. It was founded in 1616 by Francisco Herrera y Campuzano. As of 2006, the municipality of Medellín had a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. This makes it the second most populated city in Colombia after Bogotá.[2][3] Medellín also is the core of the Valle de Aburrá (Aburrá Valley) metropolitan area. This is the second largest metropolitan area in Colombia, with more than 3.8 million inhabitants, and a leading and productive industrial and urban center.

The city's major problem is unemployment. Many other Colombian cities also have this problem. People from Antioquia and especially from Medellín are called Paisas although the Paisas are people from the departments of Antioquia, Risaralda, Caldas and Quindío.

References[change | change source]

  1. Veeduría de Medellín. "Veeduría Ciudadana al Plan de Desarrollo de Medellín IDH 2004-2007" (in Spanish) (xls). http://www.veeduriamedellin.org.co/img_upload/9eab3531de2c5b3c94fe5391c9495b98/IDH_InversionPerCapitaMedellin2001_2004.xls. Retrieved 2009-01-26.[dead link]
  2. Helders, Stefan. "World Gazetteer: Colombia: largest cities: calc 2006". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. http://web.archive.org/web/20071001063527/www.world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=gcis&lng=en&dat=32&geo=-55&srt=npan&col=aohdq&pt=c&va=&srt=pnan. Retrieved 2006-06-15.
  3. Butler, Rhett (2003). "Largest cities in Colombia (2002)". http://www.mongabay.com/igapo/Colombia.htm. Retrieved 2006-06-15.