Delmas, Ouest

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Delmas
Dèlma
Delmas is located in Haiti
Delmas
Delmas
Location in Haiti
Coordinates: 18°33′0″N 72°18′0″W / 18.55000°N 72.30000°W / 18.55000; -72.30000Coordinates: 18°33′0″N 72°18′0″W / 18.55000°N 72.30000°W / 18.55000; -72.30000
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Department Ouest
Arrondissement Port-au-Prince
Area
 • Total 80.2 km2 (31.0 sq mi)
Elevation 194 m (636 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Total 377,199
 • Density 8,478.7/km2 (21,960/sq mi)

Delmas (Haitian Creole: Dèlma) is a commune in Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, Ouest Department of Haiti. Delmas itself is an urban continuation of the capital city. Delmas is also the location of much of the area's commercial and industrial enterprise.

Delmas is traversed by two major roadways. Autoroute de Delmas runs from Route National No. 1 in the northwest corner of the commune to Pétionville on the southeast corner. Boulevard de Toussaint Louverture runs from Autoroute de Delmas to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport and beyond to the commune of Tabarre. Autoroute de Delmas is flanked on both sides by local roads. These roads are numbered, with odd numbers on the north side and even numbers on the south side. For each road, the number is preceded by "Delmas," such as Delmas 60, Delmas 19, etc. Several of these roads are significant and may have other names. Delmas 30B is more commonly known as Rue Nazon and connects Delmas to Port-au-Prince on the south. Delmas 33 connects Delmas to Tabarre on the north. The areas adjacent to Autoroute de Delmas are primarily commercial and residential. Boulevard de Toussaint Louverture leads through the industrial portion of the commune.

Reduction in area[edit]

Subsequent to the 2003 Census, the area of Delmas commune was significantly reduced by the creation of two new communes - Cité Soleil and Tabarre - substantively carved out of the area of the former Delmas. In 2009, the residual Delmas commune had an area of 27.74 km2, and an estimated population of 359,451.

2010 Earthquake[edit]

Delmas was affected by the 12 January 2010 earthquake. On 1 February 2010, electricity was restored for streetlighting in Delmas.[2]

Economics[edit]

Delmas has become the richest county in Haiti. It's tax revenue has increased to more than 400,000,000 gourdes, which is about $8,000,000 USD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI)
  2. ^ Haiti Press Network, "Haïti – Séisme : L’électricité se rétablit peu à peu", MJB, 4 February 2010 (accessed 5 February 2010)