List of Bolivian cities by population

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According to the National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia (INE), a city is classified as an area where the city limits are identifiable, and its local government is recognized.[1] The South American country of Bolivia has 1,384 cities.[2] As of 21 November 2012, the date of the most-recent national census,[3] 53 cities have a population of at least 10,000 in Bolivia, as enumerated by the INE. These 53 cities have a population of 6,162,346, accounting for 61.4% of the country's population. The largest city is Santa Cruz de la Sierra, with a population of 1,441,406, a 29.4% increase from the last census date of 5 September 2001.[4] La Guardia had the highest percentage increase, 801.5%, from 2001 to 2012.

From 2001 to 2012, Bolivia had a population increase of 21.1%. Of the 53 cities, 42 had a higher increase and 11 had lower increase. Three cities had a negative population growth from 2001 to 2012: La Paz (–4.1%), Yacuíba (–4.2%), and Santa Ana del Yacuma (–5.4%). With the exception of the Department of La Paz, each department's capital city is the largest city in its respective department. The Department of Santa Cruz has the most cities (18), and Pando and Chuquisaca have the least (1).

List[edit]

Top five cities by population
City skyline of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
1. Santa Cruz de la Sierra
City skyline of El Alto
2. El Alto
City skyline of La Paz
3. La Paz
City skyline of Cochabamba
4. Cochabamba
City skyline or Oruro
5. Oruro
Key
* = Department capital
^ = Largest city in department
Rank City Department 2012 Census[1] 2001 Census[5] Change
1 Santa Cruz de la Sierra*^ Santa Cruz !B9858188704159 1,441,406 !B9860769075953 1,113,582 !D0012228602466 +29.4%
2 El Alto^ La Paz !B9863560158763 842,378 !B9866193576145 647,350 !D0011997439685 +30.1%
3 La Paz* La Paz !B9864626384323 757,184 !B9864207372300 789,585 !H9968066817955 −4.1%
4 Cochabamba*^ Cochabamba !B9866455935894 630,587 !B9868448151873 516,683 !D0015120735452 +22.0%
5 Oruro*^ Oruro !B9875137118374 264,683 !B9877872894342 201,332 !D0011562645947 +31.5%
6 Sucre*^ Chuquisaca !B9876221613116 237,480 !B9878250259415 193,876 !D0014920698901 +22.5%
7 Tarija*^ Tarija !B9879019135363 179,528 !B9881811866978 135,783 !D0011326807026 +32.2%
8 Potosí*^ Potosí !B9879276130447 174,973 !B9882021512645 132,966 !D0011522571853 +31.6%
9 Sacaba Cochabamba !B9880844802103 149,570 !B9885641607840 92,581 !D0004852256702 +61.6%
10 Quillacollo Cochabamba !B9883227557262 117,859 !B9887750233097 74,980 !D0005588392157 +57.2%
11 Montero Santa Cruz !B9884166719909 107,294 !B9887317737493 78,294 !D0009931751417 +37.0%
12 Trinidad*^ Beni !B9884726392272 101,454 !B9887675824037 75,540 !D0010698789540 +34.3%
13 Riberalta Beni !B9887259156509 78,754 !B9889254089691 64,511 !D0015105701939 +22.1%
14 Warnes Santa Cruz !B9887398013888 77,668 !B9902090094786 17,872 !B9987922964732 +334.6%
15 La Guardia Santa Cruz !B9887448354113 77,278 !B9909437436434 8,572 !B9979186645459 +801.5%
16 Viacha La Paz !B9889568221970 62,516 !B9897212316705 29,108 !B9998622176582 +114.8%
17 Yacuíba Tarija !B9889676296357 61,844 !B9889238600460 64,611 !H9968493790258 −4.3%
18 Colcapirhua Cochabamba !B9891430030051 51,896 !B9893550514066 41,980 !D0014430437002 +23.6%
19 Tiquipaya Cochabamba !B9891955993476 49,237 !B9898063833713 26,732 !D0001721238429 +84.2%
20 Cobija*^ Pando !B9893345624134 42,849 !B9900563306578 20,820 !B9999435542960 +105.8%
21 Vinto Cochabamba !B9893806257799 40,920 !B9904404121999 14,180 !B9993656719494 +188.6%
22 Guayaramerín Beni !B9895153029201 35,764 !B9895928625074 33,095 !D0025176783431 +8.1%
23 Villazón Potosí !B9895321365781 35,167 !B9897584343580 28,045 !D0013706217781 +25.4%
24 El Palmar KM 23[A] Santa Cruz !B9896259777092 32,017 !B9902845301968 16,572 !D0000704291978 +93.2%
25 Villamontes Tarija !B9896834760738 30,228 !B9903126183214 16,113 !D0001323883378 +87.6%
26 Bermejo Tarija !B9897092452548 29,459 !B9898318815230 26,059 !D0020365877663 +13.0%
27 Camiri Santa Cruz !B9897299614328 28,855 !B9898149113265 26,505 !D0024229180662 +8.9%
28 Tupiza Potosí !B9897852847614 27,302 !B9900146099318 21,707 !D0013557614474 +25.8%
29 Llallagua Potosí !B9898667508438 25,166 !B9900932677172 20,065 !D0013695404047 +25.4%
30 San Ignacio de Velasco Santa Cruz !B9899512871953 23,126 !B9901269201098 19,401 !D0016502577593 +19.2%
31 San Julián Santa Cruz !B9900627392373 20,687 !B9911756162697 6,798 !B9992855312913 +204.3%
32 Huanuni Oruro !B9900798520065 20,336 !B9903771527051 15,106 !D0010606807378 +34.6%
33 Punata Cochabamba !B9901188091824 19,559 !B9904015441582 14,742 !D0011185492351 +32.7%
34 Cotoca Santa Cruz !B9901227537586 19,482 !B9903722000750 15,181 !D0012611970921 +28.3%
35 Ascención de Guarayos Santa Cruz !B9901345258896 19,254 !B9904799714753 13,630 !D0008852300912 +41.3%
36 Achocalla La Paz !B9901776140489 18,442 !B9907534241354 10,369 !D0002502954251 +77.9%
37 Mineros Santa Cruz !B9901831602541 18,340 !B9905058349858 13,282 !D0009654385868 +38.1%
38 Uyuni Potosí !B9901981023032 18,068 !B9907360240788 10,551 !D0003390535199 +71.2%
39 San Borja Beni !B9902289016355 17,520 !B9903027374283 16,273 !D0025687666259 +7.7%
40 El Torno Santa Cruz !B9902514134086 17,130 !B9906174725857 11,879 !D0008163536006 +44.2%
41 Puerto Suárez Santa Cruz !B9902802550134 16,643 !B9906417569981 11,594 !D0008312975190 +43.5%
42 Portachuelo Santa Cruz !B9904467084253 14,091 !B9906640848051 11,338 !D0014154686897 +24.3%
43 Caranavi La Paz !B9904700429370 13,766 !B9906004452149 12,083 !D0019712215908 +13.9%
44 Rurrenabaque Beni !B9904935630569 13,446 !B9909546522026 8,479 !D0005347764821 +58.6%
45 Challapata Oruro !B9905519033643 12,684 !B9908460183616 9,452 !D0010731252186 +34.2%
46 Santa Ana del Yacuma Beni !B9905926136758 12,178 !B9905368019467 12,877 !H9970864526889 −5.4%
47 San José de Chiquitos Santa Cruz !B9906178935851 11,874 !B9908598675230 9,322 !D0012954998324 +27.4%
48 Sipe Sipe Cochabamba !B9906219442236 11,826 !B9919210017413 3,226 !B9990194807764 +266.6%
49 Patacamaya La Paz !B9906765988357 11,197 !B9909623477358 8,414 !D0011063675026 +33.1%
50 Puerto Quijarro Santa Cruz !B9906879156441 11,071 !B9908991397286 8,963 !D0014473653616 +23.5%
51 Vallegrande Santa Cruz !B9907739831486 10,158 !B9910274093317 7,884 !D0012432949939 +28.8%
52 Roboré Santa Cruz !B9907799073365 10,098 !B9907818898907 10,078 !D0062223778356 +0.2%
53 San Ignacio de Moxos Beni !B9907842741557 10,054 !B9908315238321 9,590 !D0030285916156 +4.8%
Total Bolivia N/A 10,027,254 8,274,325 +21.2%

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ In 2001, El Palmar KM 23 did not exist.[6] The INE consolidated 19 cities, which had a 2001 population of 16,572, for the 2012 census to form El Palmar KM 23.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ciudades/Comunidades/Centros Poblados a Localidades Empadronadas en el Censo de Población y Vivienda 2012" [Cities/Communities/Towns and Villages Centers Enumerated in the Census of Population and Housing 2012] (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bolivia" (in Spanish). UNESCO. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Gobierno Realizará el Censo 2012 el 21 de Noviembre" [The Government will make the 2012 Census on 21 November]. Los Tiempos (in Spanish). 19 April 2013. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  4. ^ National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia (2003). "Bolivia: Niveles, Tendencias y Diferenciales de la Fecundidad" [Bolivia: Levels, Trends and Differentials of Fertility] (PDF) (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia. p. 11. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Censo de Poblacion y Vivienda – 2001" [Census of Population and Housing – 2001] (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia. 2 November 2001. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Censo de Poblacion y Vivienda – 2001: Bolivia: Santa Cruz Departamento: Ichilo Provincia: Yapacaní Municipales" [Census of Population and Housing – 2001: Santa Cruz Department: Ichilo Province: Yapacaní Municipality] (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Censo de Poblacion y Vivienda 2012: Santa Cruz Departamento: Ichilo Provincia: Yapacaní Municipales" [Census of Population and Housing 2012: Santa Cruz Department: Ichilo Province: Yapacaní Municipality]. National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia. Retrieved 16 February 2014.