Provinces of the Dominican Republic - Wikipedia

Provinces of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is divided into thirty–one provincias (provinces; singular provincia), while the national capital, Santo Domingo, is contained within its own Distrito Nacional ("National District"; "D.N." on the map below).

The division of the country into provinces is laid down in the constitution (Title I, Section II, Article 5)[1] and enacted by law. The latter is currently Law 5220 on the Territorial Division of the Dominican Republic (Ley No. 5220 sobre División Territorial de la República Dominicana), issued 1959 and frequently amended to create new provinces and lower-level administrative units.

The provinces as administrative divisionsEdit

The provinces are the first–level administrative subdivisions of the country. The headquarters of the central government's regional offices are normally found in the capital cities of provinces. The president appoints an administrative governor (Gobernador Civil) for each province but not for the Distrito Nacional (Title IX of the constitution).[1]

The provinces are divided into municipalities (municipios), which are the second–level political and administrative subdivisions of the country.[1]

The Distrito Nacional was created in 1936. Prior to this, the Distrito National was the old Santo Domingo Province, in existence since the country's independence in 1844. It is not to be confused with the new Santo Domingo Province split off from it in 2001. While it is similar to a province in many ways, the Distrito Nacional differs in its lack of an administrative governor and consisting only of one municipality, Santo Domingo, the city council (ayuntamiento) and mayor (síndico) which are in charge of its administration.[2]

The provinces as constituenciesEdit

The provinces are also constituencies for the elections to the bicameral National Congress (Congreso de la República). Each province elects one member of the Senate (Senado) and a guaranteed minimum of two members of the Chamber of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados).[1][3]


The following is a table of the provinces and their capital cities. The population figures are from the 2014 population estimate.[4]

Coat Of Arms Province
National District
Capital Region Department Area




Density Map
South Valdesia 2,531.77 219,224 86.59  
South Enriquillo 1,282.23 99,244 77.40  
Santa Cruz de Barahona
South Enriquillo 1,739.38 188,706 108.49  
Cibao Cibao Noroeste 1,020.73 65,271 63.95  
  Distrito Nacional
Santo Domingo
East Ozama 104.44 1,007,997 9,651.45  
San Francisco de Macorís
Cibao Cibao Nordeste 1,605.35 294,906 183.70  
  Elías Piña
South El Valle 1,426.20 63,450 35.51  
  El Seibo
Santa Cruz de El Seibo
East Yuma 1,786.80 90,676 63.58  
Cibao Cibao Norte 838.62 236,467 281.97  
  Hato Mayor
Hato Mayor del Rey
East Higuamo 1,329.29 85,561 64.37  
  Hermanas Mirabal
Cibao Cibao Nordeste 440.43 92,394 209.78  
South Enriquillo 2,006.44 55,638 27.73  
  La Altagracia
Salvaleón de Higüey
East Yuma 3,010.34 314,916 104.61  
  La Romana
La Romana
East Yuma 653.95 260,002 397.59  
  La Vega
Concepción de La Vega
Cibao Cibao Sur 2,287.24 404,013 176.64  
  María Trinidad Sánchez
Cibao Cibao Nordeste 1,271.71 141,372 111.17  
  Monseñor Nouel
Cibao Cibao Sur 992.39 170,208 171.51  
  Monte Cristi
San Fernando de Monte Cristi
Cibao Cibao Noroeste 1,924.35 113,954 59.22  
  Monte Plata
Monte Plata
East Higuamo 2,632.14 188,671 71.68  
South Enriquillo 2,074.53 33,439 16.12  
South Valdesia 792.33 191,439 241.62  
  Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata
Cibao Cibao Norte 1,852.90 328,498 177.29  
Santa Bárbara de Samaná
Cibao Cibao Nordeste 853.74 107,243 125.62  
  San Cristóbal
San Cristóbal
South Valdesia 1,265.77 605,153 505.93  
  San José de Ocoa
San José de Ocoa
South Valdesia 855.4 57,096 45.11  
  San Juan
San Juan de la Maguana
South El Valle 3,569.39 227,640 266.12  
  San Pedro de Macorís
San Pedro de Macorís
East Higuamo 1,255.46 298,633 83.66  
  Sánchez Ramírez
Cibao Cibao Sur 1,196.13 152,023 121.09  
Santiago de los Caballeros
Cibao Cibao Norte 2,836.51 1,017,808 355.30  
  Santiago Rodríguez
San Ignacio de Sabaneta
Cibao Cibao Noroeste 1,111.14 57,460 51.71  
  Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo Este
South Ozama 1,301.84 2,650,651 2036.08  
Cibao Cibao Noroeste 823.38 170,490 207.06  


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Asamblea Nacional. "CONSTITUCION DE LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  2. ^ EL CONGRESO NACIONAL. "Ley No. 163-01 que crea la provincia de Santo Domingo, y modifica los Artículos 1 y 2 de la Ley No. 5220, sobre División Territorial de la República Dominicana" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
  3. ^ EL CONGRESO NACIONAL. "Ley Electoral, No. 275-97" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-03-11.
  4. ^ Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Estamaciones y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2014" (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  5. ^ "Provincias Dominicanas - Portal Oficial del Estado Dominicano". Archived from the original on 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  6. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadística. Estimaciones y proyecciones de la población total por año calendario, según región y provincia, 2000-2030. Archived from the original on 2 January 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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