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Not to be confused with the autonomous city of Buenos Aires, the core city of Greater Buenos Aires.
Gran Buenos Aires
Greater Buenos Aires
Satellite image of Greater Buenos Aires at night
Satellite image of Greater Buenos Aires at night
Country

 Argentina


Cities List of cities in Greater Buenos Aires
Area
 • Metro 3,830 km2 (1,480 sq mi)
Population (INDEC 2010 Census[1]) 12,801,365 (24 partidos, plus Federal District)
 • Metro 13,641,973 (including partidos not yet conurbated)
 • Metro density 3,342.39/km2 (8,656.8/sq mi)

Greater Buenos Aires (Spanish: Gran Buenos Aires; GBA) is the urban agglomeration comprising the autonomous city of Buenos Aires and the adjacent 24 partidos (municipalities) over the Province of Buenos Aires. Thus, it does not constitute a single administrative unit. The conurbation spreads south, west and north of Buenos Aires city. To the east, the River Plate serves as a natural boundary.

Urban sprawl, especially between 1945 and 1980, created a vast conurbation of 9,910,282 inhabitants in the 24 conurbated partidos, as of 2010, and a total of 12,801,365 including the City of Buenos Aires, a third of the total population of Argentina.

History[edit]

The term Gran Buenos Aires ("Greater Buenos Aires") was first officially used in 1948, when Governor of Buenos Aires Province Domingo Mercante signed a bill delineating as such an area covering 14 counties surrounding the City of Buenos Aires.[2] The term is also related to other expressions that are not necessarily well-defined: the "Buenos Aires' conurbation" (Conurbano Bonaerense), the "Greater Buenos Aires Agglomeration" (Aglomerado Gran Buenos Aires), and the "Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires" (Área Metropolitana Buenos Aires, AMBA).

Definition[edit]

Greater Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, city and vicinities, Landsat 5 satellite image.

The National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) has defined Greater Buenos Aires.[3] There are three main groups within the Buenos Aires' Conurbation. The first two groups (24 partidos) comprise the traditional conurbation, or the "conurbation proper". The third group of six partidos is in process of becoming fully integrated with the rest.

Fourteen fully urbanized partidos
Ten partidos partially urbanized
Six partidos not yet conurbated

As urbanization continues and the conurbation grows, six additional partially urbanized partidos now are fully connected with the conurbation:

Rank Partido Seat 2010 Census[4] % growth from
2001 Census
[4]
* Buenos Aires 2,890,151 4.1
1 La Matanza San Justo 1,775,816 41.5
2 Lomas de Zamora Lomas de Zamora 616,279 4.2
3 Quilmes Quilmes 582,943 12.4
4 Almirante Brown Adrogué 552,902 7.2
5 Merlo Merlo 528,494 12.4
6 Lanús Lanús 459,263 1.4
7 Moreno Moreno 452,505 18.9
8 Florencio Varela Florencio Varela 426,005 22.1
9 General San Martín San Martín 414,196 2.8
10 Tigre Tigre 376,381 25.0
11 Avellaneda Avellaneda 342,677 4.2
12 Tres de Febrero Caseros 340,071 1.1
13 Berazategui Berazategui 324,344 12.6
14 Malvinas Argentinas Los Polvorines 322,375 10.9
15 Morón Morón 321,109 3.8
16 Esteban Echeverría Monte Grande 300,959 23.4
17 San Isidro San Isidro 292,878 0.5
18 San Miguel San Miguel 276,190 9.1
19 Vicente López Olivos 269,420 -1.7
20 José C. Paz José C. Paz 265,981 15.5
21 Hurlingham Hurlingham 181,241 5.2
22 Ituzaingó Ituzaingó 167,824 6.1
23 Ezeiza Ezeiza 163,722 37.8
24 San Fernando San Fernando 163,240 8.0

List of cities in Greater Buenos Aires[edit]

Greater Buenos Aires Metropolitan Rail Network.
Rank City District Partido 2001 Census[5]
1 Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 2,776,138
2 Merlo Buenos Aires Province Merlo 244,168
3 Quilmes Buenos Aires Province Quilmes 230,810
4 Banfield Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 223,898
5 José Clemente Paz Buenos Aires Province José Clemente Paz 216,637
6 Lanús Buenos Aires Province Lanús 212,152
7 Gregorio de Laferrère Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 175,670
8 Hurlingham Buenos Aires Province Hurlingham 174,165
9 Berazategui Buenos Aires Province Berazategui 167,498
10 González Catán Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 163,815
11 San Miguel Buenos Aires Province San Miguel 157,532
12 Moreno Buenos Aires Province Moreno 148,290
13 San Fernando Buenos Aires Province San Fernando 145,165
14 Isidro Casanova Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 131,981
15 Bernal Buenos Aires Province Quilmes 130,790
16 Florencio Varela Buenos Aires Province Florencio Varela 120,678
17 Avellaneda Buenos Aires Province Avellaneda 112,980[6]
18 Lomas de Zamora Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 111,897
19 Temperley Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 111,160
20 Monte Grande Buenos Aires Province Esteban Echeverría 109,644
21 San Justo Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 105,274
22 Ituzaingó Buenos Aires Province Ituzaingó 104,712
23 Castelar Buenos Aires Province Morón 104,019
24 Rafael Castillo Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 103,992
25 Libertad Buenos Aires Province Merlo 100,324
26 Ramos Mejía Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 97,076
27 Ezeiza Buenos Aires Province Ezeiza 93,246
28 Morón Buenos Aires Province Morón 92,725
29 Caseros Buenos Aires Province Tres de Febrero 90,313
30 Parque San Martín Buenos Aires Province Merlo 89,073
31 Burzaco Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 86,113
32 Grand Bourg Buenos Aires Province Malvinas Argentinas 85,189
33 Monte Chingolo Buenos Aires Province Lanús 85,060
34 San Francisco Solano Buenos Aires Province Quilmes
Almirante Brown
81,707
35 Remedios de Escalada Buenos Aires Province Lanús 81,465
36 La Tablada Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 80,389
37 Ciudad Madero Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 75,582
38 Olivos Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 75,527
39 El Palomar Buenos Aires Province Morón
Tres de Febrero
74,757
40 Boulogne Sur Mer Buenos Aires Province San Isidro 73,496
41 Ciudadela Buenos Aires Province Tres de Febrero 73,155
42 Ezpeleta Buenos Aires Province Quilmes 72,557
43 Ciudad Evita Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 68,650
44 Bella Vista Buenos Aires Province San Miguel 67,936
45 Wilde Buenos Aires Province Avellaneda 65,881
46 Martínez Buenos Aires Province San Isidro 65,859
47 Don Torcuato Buenos Aires Province Tigre 64,867
48 Gerli Buenos Aires Province Avellaneda
Lanús
64,640
49 Ciudad Jardín Buenos Aires Province Tres de Febrero 61,780
50 Sarandí Buenos Aires Province Avellaneda 60,752
51 Villa Tesei Buenos Aires Province Hurlingham 60,165
52 Florida Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 59,844
53 Villa Domínico Buenos Aires Province Avellaneda 58,824
54 Béccar Buenos Aires Province San Isidro 58,811
55 Glew Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 57,878
56 Rafael Calzada Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 56,419
57 Mariano Acosta Buenos Aires Province Merlo 54,081
58 Los Polvorines Buenos Aires Province Malvinas Argentinas 53,354
59 Lomas del Mirador Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 51,488
60 Villa Centenario Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 49,737
61 William Morris Buenos Aires Province Hurlingham 48,916
62 Longchamps Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 47,622
63 San Isidro Buenos Aires Province San Isidro 45,190
64 Villa Adelina Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 44,587
65 San José Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 44,437
66 Villa de Mayo Buenos Aires Province Malvinas Argentinas 43,405
67 General Pacheco Buenos Aires Province Tigre 43,287
68 Villa Fiorito Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 42,904
69 Paso del Rey Buenos Aires Province Moreno 41,775
70 Llavallol Buenos Aires Province Lomas de Zamora 41,463
71 Tortuguitas Buenos Aires Province Malvinas Argentinas
José C. Paz
41,310
72 Claypole Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 41,176
73 Valentín Alsina Buenos Aires Province Lanús 41,155
74 Virreyes Buenos Aires Province San Fernando 39,507
75 Victoria Buenos Aires Province San Fernando 39,447
76 Pablo Nogués Buenos Aires Province Malvinas Argentinas 38,470
77 Haedo Buenos Aires Province Morón 38,068
78 San Antonio de Padua Buenos Aires Province Merlo 37,775
79 Munro Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 35,844
80 Villa Ballester Buenos Aires Province San Martín 35,301
81 Pontevedra Buenos Aires Province Merlo 33,515
82 Villa Udaondo Buenos Aires Province Ituzaingó 31,490
83 Villa La Florida Buenos Aires Province Quilmes 31,268
84 Tigre Buenos Aires Province Tigre 31,106
85 San Martín Buenos Aires Province San Martín 28,339
86 Adrogué Buenos Aires Province Almirante Brown 28,265
87 Tristán Suárez Buenos Aires Province Ezeiza 27,746
88 Muñiz Buenos Aires Province San Miguel 26,221
89 Villa Martelli Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 26,059
90 Villa Bosch Buenos Aires Province Tres de Febrero 24,702
91 Villa Maipú Buenos Aires Province San Martín 24,447
92 Vicente López Buenos Aires Province Vicente López 24,078
93 Don Bosco Buenos Aires Province Quilmes 20,876
94 Billinghurst Buenos Aires Province San Martín 19,138
95 Martín Coronado Buenos Aires Province Tres de Febrero 19,121
96 Villa Sarmiento Buenos Aires Province Morón 17,737
97 Ranelagh Buenos Aires Province Berazategui 15,262
98 Tapiales Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 15,148
99 Aldo Bonzi Buenos Aires Province La Matanza 13,410

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References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Buzai, G.D. and Marcos, M. (2012). "The social map of Greater Buenos Aires as empirical evidence of urban models". Journal of Latin American Geography. Volume 11 Number 1, pp. 67-78, DOI 10.1353/lag.2012.0012
  • Keeling, D. (1996). Buenos Aires: Global Dreams, Local Crisis. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.