La Vega Province
|• Body||4 municipalities|
7 municipal districts
|• Congresspersons||1 Senator |
|• Total||2,287.24 km2 (883.11 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (EST)|
|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.
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".
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.
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.
Its population represents 4.74% of the total population of the country. The province is ranked as the 5th (out of 31 plus the National District) more populated province.
As of 2016, the total estimated population of the province was 405,510.
The La Vega province has a total area of 2,292.5 square kilometres (885.1 square miles). 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 metres (9,423 feet) 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).
The climate of the province is a tropical climate, hot most of the year, but it is cooler on the mountains.
|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)||447,905||2,292.4||195.4|
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.
- "División Territorial 2015" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). October 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA: Población por año calendario, según sexo y grupos quinquenales de edad, 2015-2020" (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE). Archived from the original (XLS) on 24 June 2016. 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.