La Unión, El Salvador

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La Unión
Municipality
Construction of the new port
Construction of the new port
Flag of La Unión
Flag
Coat of arms of La Unión
Coat of arms
La Unión is located in El Salvador
La Unión
La Unión
Location in El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°20′13″N 87°50′38″W / 13.33694°N 87.84389°W / 13.33694; -87.84389Coordinates: 13°20′13″N 87°50′38″W / 13.33694°N 87.84389°W / 13.33694; -87.84389
Country Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador
Department La Unión Department
Founded 1865
Area
 • Total 144.43 km2 (55.76 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 29,733
 • Density 210/km2 (530/sq mi)

La Unión is a municipality in the La Unión department of El Salvador.

It is the capital city of the Department of its same name. It is the largest city in the department with a population of almost 26,739 inhabitants. On January 16, 2005 the government of El Salvador started building a new port, in order to replace the old one. It will be able to hold more than double the cargo held by the current principal port of El Salvador at Acajutla.

The new port was to be finished by November 2012. It will help to increase the growth in this side of the country. One half of the growth is located at the country's capital San Salvador, but a lot of commerce is also transferred to San Miguel, being also the nearest largest city.

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