La Altagracia Province

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Coordinates: 18°37′12″N 68°42′36″W / 18.62°N 68.71°W / 18.62; -68.71
La Altagracia
Country  Dominican Republic
Capital Higüey
 - elevation 106 m (348 ft)
 - coordinates 18°37′12″N 68°42′36″W / 18.62°N 68.71°W / 18.62; -68.71
Area 3,010.34 km² (1,162 sq mi)
Population 273,210 (2010) [1]
Density 91 /km² (236 /sq mi)
Province since 1961
Subdivisions 2 municipalities
5 municipal districts
Congresspersons 1 Senator
4 Deputies
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
Area code 1-809 1-829 1-849
ISO 3166-2 DO-11
Location of the La Altagracia Province
Location of the La Altagracia Province

La Altagracia is the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. It was created on 1961 and its capital city is Higüey.

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.

Location[change | change source]

To the north and east of the province is the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Caribbean Sea. The province is bordered to the west by La Romana and El Seibo provinces.

Origin of name[change | change source]

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.

Municipalities[change | change source]

La Altagracia has a total area of 3,010.34 km².[2] It has 6.2% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the second (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.

There are two municipalities and five municipal districts (M.D.) in the province.[3] These are:

Population[change | change source]

In 2010 (last national census), there were 273,210 people living in the La Altagracia province with 222,802 (81.55%) living in towns and cities. The population density was 82 persons/km².[4]

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.

The largest city of the province is Higüey, its head municipality or capital, with a population (in 2010) of 168,501 inhabitants.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

Mountains[change | change source]

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.

Rivers[change | change source]

There are not many rivers in this province. The main river is the Yuma that flows from north to south, into the Caribbean Sea.

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.

Economy[change | change source]

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  2. Listado de Códigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  3. Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "División Territorial 2008" (in Spanish) (PDF). Retrieved 2009-10-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Oficina Nacional de Estadística. "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda. Informe Básico" (in Spanish) (PDF). Retrieved 2013-1-29.