La Romana Province
La Romana town hall
|Development region||Yuma (VIII)|
|- elevation||10 m (33 ft)|
|Lowest point||Caribbean Sea|
|Area||652.1 km² (252 sq mi)|
|Population||245,433 (2010) |
|Density||376 /km² (974 /sq mi)|
2 municipal districts
|Congresspersons||1 Senator |
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
The La Romana province is in the southeast part of the country. It is bordered to the northwest by the El Seibo province, to the northeast and east by the La Altagracia province and to the west by the San Pedro de Macorís province. The Caribbean Sea is to the south.
The province was created in 1944 with the name of La Romana, with two municipalities: La Romana (the capital city) and Higüey; before that date, it was part of the El Seibo province. But that same year, the name of the province was changed to La Altagracia. Its original name was given back to the province in 1961 when the new La Altagracia province was created.
Guaymate was made a municipality of the province in 1971 and Villa Hermosa in 2004. Cumayasa was made a municipal district in 2004 and Caleta in 2006.
In 2010 (last national census), there were 245,433 people living in the La Romana province, and 231,312 (94.2%) living in towns and cities; it is one of the few provinces of the country where most of the people lives in cities. The population density was 376.4 persons/km², one of the highest in the country.
Its population represents 2.6% of the total population of the country and the province is ranked as the 10th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
Blacks are the main ethnicity of this providence, at 90% of the population. The rest of the 10% is mostly composed of mulattoes.
The La Romana province has a total area of 652.1 km2 (251.8 sq mi). It has 1.3% of the area of the Dominican Republic, one of the smallest province of the country, and it is ranked as the 30th (out of 31 plus the National District) largest province.
There are only a few low hills in the province and almost all the land is flat. The most important rivers are:
- Chavón, in the eastern border of the province;
- Dulce or La Romana, that crosses the capital city; and
- Cumayasa, in the western border of the province.
The small islands of Saona and Catalina are part of the province.
The main protected area in the province is the Parque Nacional del Este ("Eastern National park").
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year.
|Municipal Districts (code)||Population
|La Romana (120101)||130,426||267.8||487.0||36|
|La Romana (120100)||139,671||272.2||513.1|
|Villa Hermosa (120301)||77,241||19.9||3,881.5||74|
|Villa Hermosa (120300)||89,204||117.6||758.5|
|La Romana province (120000)||245,433||652.1||376.4|
There are several important industries in the province; the oldest and one of the most important is the production of sugar. There is also a very important zona franca ("free zone" where the industries do not pay taxes and all the production is sent to other countries).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to La Romana Province.|
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