La Vega Province
|Development region||Cibao Sur (II)|
|- elevation||101 m (331 ft)|
|Area||2,292.5 km² (885 sq mi)|
|Population||394,205 (2010) |
|Density||172 /km² (445 /sq mi)|
8 municipal districts
|Congresspersons||1 Senator |
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
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.
Name[change | change 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".
History[change | change source]
In 1959, the province included the municipalities of La Vega, Constanza, Jarabacoa and Monseñor Nouel (the present Bonao, and the municipal district of Cayetano Germosén. The city of Concepción de La Vega was its capital.
In 1982, the province included the municipalities La Vega, Constanza and Jarabacoa, and the municipal district of Jima Abajo. In 1996, Jima Abajo became a municipality.
Tireo was made a municipal district in 1993, Rincón and Río Verde Arriba in 1998, El Ranchito and La Sabina in 2002, Buena Vista in 2004, Manabao in 2006, and Tavera in 2010.
Location[change | change 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.
Population[change | change source]
Its population represents 4.17% 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.
Geography[change | change source]
The La Vega province has a total area of 2,292.5 km2 (885.1 sq mi). It has 4.7% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 6th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
The Cordillera Central ("Central mountain chain") is in the western part of the province. The "Valle de la Vega Real" ("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, 2,872 m (9,423 ft) high.
The most important protected areas in the province are the Scientific Reserve Ébano Verde (Reserva Científica Ébano Verde) and the Scientific Reserve Valle Nuevo (Reserva Científica de Valle Nuevo).
Climate[change | change source]
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year, but it is cooler on the mountains.
Municipalities[change | change source]
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|La Vega (130101)||202,864||410.9||493.7||89|
|Río Verde Arriba (130102)||23,109||67.2||343.9||154|
|El Ranchito (130103)||9,626||48.0||200.5||52|
|Concepción de la Vega (130100)||248,089||642.1||386.4|
|La Sabina (130203)||9,016||293.4||30.7||1740|
|Buena Vista (130302)||12,232||98.0||124.8||557|
|Jima Abajo (130401)||16,267||58.0||280.5||72|
|Jima Abajo (130400)||30,261||126.1||240.0|
|La Vega province (130000)||394,205||2,292.4||172.0|
Economy[change | change source]
The main economic activity of the province is agriculture; the main products are coffee in the mountains, rice in the southern and eastern part of the province and cacao in the low mountains and those parts of the valley close to the mountains. Vegetables and fruits are very important in the valleys in the mountains.
Tourism has become a very important economic activity, mainly in Jarabacoa and Constanza.
References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to La Vega Province.|
- "División Territorial 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). May 2012. p. 14. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010" (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "División Territorial 2015" (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). October 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA: Población por año calendario, según sexo y grupos quinquenales de edad, 2015-2020" (XLS) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
- "Concepción de La Vega". Geonames.org. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
- De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. p. 38.