Laguna Salada

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This article is about the city in the Dominican Republic. For the dry lake in Mexico, see Laguna Salada (Mexico).
Laguna Salada
Laguna Salada is located in the Dominican Republic
Laguna Salada
Laguna Salada
Laguna Salada in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°39′0″N 71°05′0″W / 19.65000°N 71.08333°W / 19.65000; -71.08333
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Valverde
Area[1]
 • Total 184.54 km2 (71.25 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 30,041
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
 • Urban 20,470
Municipal Districts
3

Laguna Salada (Spanish pronunciation: [laˈɣuna saˈlaða], Salt Lake) is a municipality (municipio) of the Valverde province in the Dominican Republic. Within the municipality there are three municipal districts (distritos municipal): Cruce de Guayacanes, Jaibón and La Caya.[3]

Geography[edit]

Laguna Salada borders the Septentrional mountain range to the north (which separates it from Puerto Plata), the Yaque del Norte River to the south (which separates it from Mao), the Maizal and Boca de Mao municipal districts to the east (which separate it from Esperanza) and Guayubín to the west (which separates it from the Monte Cristi province).

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Laguna Salada, since its terrains are fit for growing a variety of crops such as rice, banana, cassava, peppers, onions, sweet potato, corn, coffee, cacao, among others. Tobacco and sorghum are also cultivated.

Other economic activities include cattle ranches, industry and commerce. There are various dairy product industries in the municipality, as well a coffee factory, bakeries, carpentry shops, cement block factories, gas stations, repair shops, hardware stores, warehouses, among others.

The municipality's economically active population (PEA) consists of 7,096 people, out of which 4,832 (or 68%) are currently employed. Of those that are employed, 270 (or 6%) work as public servants.

Notable residents[edit]

Birthplace of Major League Baseball player Wily Modesto ("Wily Mo") Peña.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ Censo 20012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  3. ^ Oficina Nacional de Estadistica, Departamento de Cartografia, Division de Limites y Linderos. "Listado de Codigos de Provincias, Municipio y Distritos Municipales, Actualizada a Junio 20 del 2006" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-01-24. 

Coordinates: 19°39′N 71°05′W / 19.650°N 71.083°W / 19.650; -71.083