Sánchez Ramírez Province
|Development region||Cibao Sur (II)|
|- elevation||70 m (230 ft)|
|Area||1,185.8 km² (458 sq mi)|
|Population||151,392 (2010) |
|Density||128 /km² (332 /sq mi)|
8 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
Name[change | change source]
The province was named after Juan Sánchez Ramírez, who was born in Cotuí and who fought against the French army when the country was a colony of France. When the country was again a Spanish colony, Sánchez Ramírez was made the governor of the colony.
History[change | change source]
On 3 March 1952, the province was created with the territory of Cotuí, part at that moment of the Duarte Province, and the southeastern part of La Vega province. When it was created, it had only two municipalities: Cotuí, the provincial capital, and Cevicos. In 1961, Fantino became the third municipality of the province; in 2002, Villa La Mata became the fourth municipality.
Location[change | change source]
The Sánchez Ramírez province is in the centre of the country, in the southeast limit of the Cibao Valley (part of the region called Eastern Cibao). It is bordered to the north by the Duarte province, to the east and south by the Monte Plata province, to the southwest and west by the Monseñor Nouel province and to the northwest by the La Vega province.
Population[change | change source]
Its population represents ranked as the 19th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.1.6% of the total population of the country and the province is
Geography[change | change source]
The Sánchez Ramírez province has a total area of 1,185.8 km2 (457.8 sq mi). It has 2.5% of the area of the Dominican Republic and it is ranked as the 21st (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
There are two regions in the province:
- The valley of the Yuna river, on the north and northeast of the province. It is part of the large region of Eastern Cibao; it is flat and with very good soils.
- Sierra de Yamasá (Yamasá mountain range in the southern part of the province. It is an eastern branch of the Cordillera Central ("Central mountain chain") with low mountains. The highest point in the province is in this mountain range; it is La Naviza (sometimes written La Navisa), 680 m (2,231 ft) high.
The most important river is the Yuna river, that flows from west to east; the other rivers are all tributaries of this river. Other rivers are Cevicos, Chacuey and Maguaca; they flow from the Sierra de Yamasá into the River Yuna.
Municipalities[change | change source]
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|Quita Sueño (240102)||3,531||23.4||150.9||134|
|Comedero Arriba (240104)||2,699||47.8||56.5||143|
|La Cueva (240202)||5,066||46.2||109.7||104|
|La Mata (240401)||13,040||36.4||358.2||57|
|La Bija (240402)||9,748||34.8||280.1||27|
|Hernando Alonzo (240404)||4,585||78.1||58.7||115|
|La Mata (240400)||38,962||190.3||204.7|
|Sánchez Ramírez (240000)||151,392||1,185.8||127.7|
Economy[change | change source]
Cattle are also important in the province, mainly in the northwestern part of it.
References[change | change source]
- "División Territorial 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). May 2012. p. 14. Retrieved 24 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 23 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 23 November 2016.
- De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. pp. 90–92.
- "Cotuí". Geonames.org. Retrieved 23 November 2016.