San José de Ocoa (city)

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San José de Ocoa
Municipality
San José de Ocoa is located in Dominican Republic
San José de Ocoa
Coordinates: 18°33′N 70°30′W / 18.55°N 70.5°W / 18.55; -70.5Coordinates: 18°33′N 70°30′W / 18.55°N 70.5°W / 18.55; -70.5
Country  Dominican Republic
Province San José de Ocoa
Founded 1805
Municipality since 1858
Municipal Districts La Ciénaga, Nizao - Las Auyamas, El Pinar, El Naranjal
Area[1]
 • Total 82.4 km2 (31.8 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 475 m (1,558 ft)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 25,710
 • Density 312.01/km2 (808.1/sq mi)
 • Urban 22,383
Demonym(s) Ocoeño (female, ocoeña)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) AST (UTC-4)
Distance 47 km (29 mi) to Baní
115 km (71 mi) to Santo Domingo

The Dominican city of San José de Ocoa is the head municipality of the San José de Ocoa province, on the southern part of the country and close to the Ocoa river.

Name[change | change source]

Ocoa is the name of the river that crosses the province; it is a Taíno word that means "a place with many mountains".[3]

The old name of the town was El Maniel.

Population[change | change source]

The city had, in 2010, a total population of 25,710: 12,819 men and 12,891 women. The urban population was 87.1% of the total population.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

San José de Ocoa has a total area of 82.4 km2 (32 sq mi), about 9.7% of the total area of the province of San José de Ocoa.[1] The city is an elevation of 475 m (1,558 ft),[2] and at 115 km (71 mi) to the northwest of Santo Domingo.

San José de Ocoa is on the southern side of the Cordillera Central ("Central mountain range"). The city is along the Ocoa river.

The municipality of San José de Ocoa has the Azua province to the west, the Peravia province to the south, the municipality of Sabana Larga to the north, the municipality of Rancho Arriba to the northwest and the San Cristóbal province to the west.

Climate[change | change source]

San José de Ocoa has a tropical wet and dry/savanna climate (Köppen-Geiger classification: Aw) with a pronounced dry season in winter.[4]

The average amount of rainfall for the year in the city is 894.6 mm (35.2 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is May with 151.4 mm (6.0 in) of rainfall, followed by September with 135.6 mm (5.3 in).

The driest season is winter. The month with the least rainfall on average is January with an average of 15.9 mm (0.6 in) and the second is February with 24.8 mm (1.0 in).

San José de Ocoa is in a warm region; the average temperature for the year is 24.5 °C (76.1 °F). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 25.95 °C (78.7 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 23.15 °C (73.7 °F).

Climate data for San José de Ocoa (1961–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.8
(83.8)
29.3
(84.7)
29.7
(85.5)
30.1
(86.2)
30.4
(86.7)
31.1
(88)
31.8
(89.2)
32
(90)
31.8
(89.2)
31
(88)
30
(86)
28.6
(83.5)
30.38
(86.69)
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.2
(73.8)
23.3
(73.9)
23.7
(74.7)
24.1
(75.4)
24.5
(76.1)
25.1
(77.2)
25.8
(78.4)
26
(79)
25.7
(78.3)
25.2
(77.4)
24.4
(75.9)
23.3
(73.9)
24.53
(76.15)
Average low °C (°F) 17.5
(63.5)
17.3
(63.1)
17.7
(63.9)
18
(64)
18.6
(65.5)
19.1
(66.4)
19.7
(67.5)
19.9
(67.8)
19.6
(67.3)
19.4
(66.9)
18.7
(65.7)
17.9
(64.2)
18.62
(65.51)
Rainfall mm (inches) 15.9
(0.626)
24.8
(0.976)
34.6
(1.362)
70.3
(2.768)
151.4
(5.961)
106.1
(4.177)
63.4
(2.496)
97
(3.82)
135.6
(5.339)
115.1
(4.531)
55
(2.17)
25.4
(1)
894.6
(35.22)
Source #1: NOAA[5]
Source #2: Climatemps.com[4]

Administrative division[change | change source]

The municipality of San José de Ocoa has four municipal districts:[6]

Municipal districts of San José de Ocoa
Code Municipal district Population
(2010)
310102 La Ciénaga 4,128
310103 Nizao-Las Auyamas 2,791
310104 El Pinar 3,736
310105 El Naranjal 3,086

Economy[change | change source]

The main economic activity of the municipality is farming; the main products are coffee, beans and potato. Other vegetable, as cabbage and carrot are also grown as well as some tropical fruits (avocado and mango).

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. http://censo2010.one.gob.do/volumenes_censo_2010/vol1.pdf. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 De la Fuente, Santiago (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía Dominicana. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana.
  3. Rodríguez, Cayetano Armando (1976) (in Spanish). Geografía de la Isla de Santo Domingo y Reseña de las Demás Antillas, Second Edition. Santo Domingo: Sociedad Dominicana de Geografía, Vol. XI. pp. 399.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "San J. Ocoa Climate & Temperature". Climatemps.com. http://www.san-j-ocoa.climatemps.com/. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  5. "San J. Ocoa Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ftp://ftp.atdd.noaa.gov/pub/GCOS/WMO-Normals/TABLES/REG_IV/DR/00000050.TXT. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  6. "División Territorial 2015" (in Spanish) (PDF). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). October 2015. http://www.one.gob.do/Multimedia/Download?ObjId=6159. Retrieved 27 November 2016.


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