Dajabón

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Dajabón
Municipality
Dajabón is located in Dominican Republic
Dajabón
Coordinates: 19°34′0″N 71°42′0″W / 19.566667°N 71.7°W / 19.566667; -71.7Coordinates: 19°34′0″N 71°42′0″W / 19.566667°N 71.7°W / 19.566667; -71.7
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Dajabón
Municipal Districts 1
Founded 1776
Municipality since
1864
Area
 • Total 220.8 km2 (85.3 sq mi)
Elevation 47 m (154 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 25,245
 • Density 114.334/km2 (296.12/sq mi)
 • Urban 20,353
Demonym(s) Dajabonero
(female, dajabonera)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance: 150 km (93 mi) to Santiago
305 km (190 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of Dajabón is the head municipality of the Dajabón province, on the northwestern border with Haiti.

Population[change | change source]

The municipality had, in 2010, a total population of 25,245: 12,545 men and 12,700 women. The urban population was 80.6% of the total population, one of the most urban municipality in the country.[1]

History[change | change source]

The city was initially founded between 1771 and 1776 with some families that came from Monte Cristi. During the Dominican War of Independence, the city was abandoned and it was burned several times by the Haitian army. After the war, some families came to live here and in 1864, during the period of the Restoration War, the city was made a municipality.

With the creation of the Dajabón Province in 1938, the city was made the head municipality of the new province.

Geography[change | change source]

Dajabón has a total area of 220.8 km2 (85.3 sq mi). It has only one municipal district (a subdivision of a municipality): Cañongo.[1]

Dajabón is at 305 km (190 mi) to the northwest of Santo Domingo, on the western end of the Yaque del Norte Valley (or Línea Noroeste), a part of the larger Cibao valley. The city is on the eastern side of the Dajabón or Masacre river; this is the only important river in the municipality. There is a bridge across the river and the Haitian city of Ouanaminthe is near the western side of the river.

The municipality is on flat land with only small hills. The altitude of the city of Dajabón is 47 m (154 ft) above sea level.[2]

The municipality of Dajabón has the Monte Cristi province to the north, the municipality of Partido to the east, the municipality of Loma de Cabrera to the south and Haiti to the west.

Climate[change | change source]

Dajabón has a tropical wet and dry/savanna climate (Köppen climate classification : Aw).[3]

The average amount of rainfall for the year in the city is 1,167.4 mm (46.0 in). Most rains fall during the end of summer. The month with the most precipitation on average is May with 182.8 mm (7.2 in) of rainfall, followed by June with 161 mm (6.3 in).

The driest season is winter. The month with the least rainfall on average is February with an average of 32.1 mm (1.3 in) and the second is January with 34 mm (1.3 in).

Dajabón is in a warm region; the average temperature for the year is 25.7 °C (78 °F). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 27.5 °C (81.5 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 23.45 °C (74.21 °F).

Climate data for Dajabón (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.3
(84.7)
29.9
(85.8)
30.6
(87.1)
30.7
(87.3)
31.1
(88)
32.3
(90.1)
33.2
(91.8)
33.3
(91.9)
32.9
(91.2)
31.9
(89.4)
30.4
(86.7)
29.2
(84.6)
31.23
(88.22)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.5
(74.3)
23.9
(75)
24.7
(76.5)
25.3
(77.5)
26.1
(79)
27.1
(80.8)
27.4
(81.3)
27.5
(81.5)
27.3
(81.1)
26.6
(79.9)
25.2
(77.4)
23.8
(74.8)
25.7
(78.26)
Average low °C (°F) 17.6
(63.7)
17.9
(64.2)
18.8
(65.8)
19.8
(67.6)
21
(70)
21.8
(71.2)
21.5
(70.7)
21.7
(71.1)
21.7
(71.1)
21.3
(70.3)
20
(68)
18.3
(64.9)
20.12
(68.21)
Rainfall mm (inches) 34
(1.34)
32.1
(1.264)
48.2
(1.898)
77.6
(3.055)
182.8
(7.197)
161
(6.34)
99.9
(3.933)
110.3
(4.343)
149.3
(5.878)
138.7
(5.461)
74.4
(2.929)
59.1
(2.327)
1,167.4
(45.96)
Source #1: NOAA[4]
Source #2: Climatemps.com[3]

Administrative division[change | change source]

The municipality of Dajabón has only one municipal district:[1]

Municipal district of Dajabón
Code Municipal district Population
(2010)
050102 Cañongo 2,826

Economy[change | change source]

The main economic activity of the municipality is agriculture. Commerce with Haiti is also an important economic activity in the city. On Mondays and Fridays, Haitians can cross the bridge to sell and buy different things.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. http://censo2010.one.gob.do/resultados/Resumen_resultados_generales_censo_2010.pdf. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. l "Dajabón". Geonames.org. http://www.geonames.org/3508951/provincia%20de%20dajabon.html l. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dajabón Climate & Temperature". Climatemps.com. http://www.dajabon.climatemps.com/. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. "Dajabón Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ftp://ftp.atdd.noaa.gov/pub/GCOS/WMO-Normals/TABLES/REG_IV/DR/00000009.TXT. Retrieved 30 September 2016.


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