Municipalities of Nicaragua

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The 15 departments and 2 autonomous regions of Nicaragua are divided into 153 municipalities.[1] The formation and dissolution of municipalities is governed by the Law of Municipalities (in Spanish: Ley No.40 - Ley de Municipalidades), drafted and approved by the National Assembly on July 2. 1988.

The municipalities are responsible for planning and urban development, collection of municipal taxes, maintenance of public utilities and other services, such as parks, sewerage and public cemeteries. Whilst municipal governments may not be responsible for large highways, small roads and tracks usually come under their control. Additionally, municipal governments may issue permits for the operation of urban and intermunicipal bus services.

Other functions of municipal governments include the establishment of libraries, museums, municipal bands, zoos, the promotion of traditional and folklore festivals and all kinds of activities that promotes education, culture, sports and tourism in the municipality.[2]

Municipalities of Nicaragua
Cities over 20,000 inhabitants in Nicaragua (1995 census)
Aerial view of Corn Island
The Port of Corinto
Selva Negra in Matagalpa
Momotombo volcano in La Paz Centro
Colonial city of Granada
The bay of San Juan del Sur
Street in León, next to the Cathedral

List of municipalities[edit]

Notes:

  • "Year" refers to the date the municipality was created. In some cases, the year refers to the date of the foundation of the municipality seat. This is particularly the case of colonial cities.[1]
Department Municipality[1] Municipality Seat Population (2005)[3] Area (km2) Year
Atlántico Norte Bilwi Bilwi 66,169 5,984.81 1929
Atlántico Norte Bonanza Bonanza 18,633 2,039 1985
Atlántico Norte Mulukukú Mulukukú 29,838 1,904.53 2004
Atlántico Norte Prinzapolka Prinzapolka 16,105 7,020.48 1971
Atlántico Norte Rosita Rosita 22,723 4,418 1989
Atlántico Norte Siuna Siuna 64,092 5,039.81 1969
Atlántico Norte Waslala Waslala 49,339 1,329.51 1989
Atlántico Norte Waspán Waspán 47,231 9,341.71 1956
Atlántico Sur Bluefields Bluefields 45,547 4,774.75 1894
Atlántico Sur Corn Island Corn Island 6,626 12.9 1971
Atlántico Sur Desembocadura de la Cruz de Río Grande Karawala 3,585 1,978 1996
Atlántico Sur El Ayote El Ayote 12,417 831 2000
Atlántico Sur El Tortugero El Tortugero 22,324 2,471 1996
Atlántico Sur Kukra Hill Kukra Hill 8,789 1,262 1989
Atlántico Sur La Cruz de Río Grande La Cruz de Río Grande 23,284 3,360 1982
Atlántico Sur Laguna de Perlas Laguna de Perlas 10,676 3,876 N/A
Atlántico Sur Muelle de los Bueyes Muelle de los Bueyes 22,082 1,391 1942
Atlántico Sur Nueva Guinea Nueva Guinea 66,936 2,774 1981
Atlántico Sur Bocana de Paiwas Bocana de Paiwas 31,762 2,375 1974
Atlántico Sur El Rama El Rama 52,482 5,618 1910
Boaco Boaco Boaco 49,839 1,086.81 N/A
Boaco Camoapa Camoapa 34,962 1,483.29 1858
Boaco San Lorenzo San Lorenzo 23,666 559.61 1858
Boaco San José de los Remates San José de Los Remates 7,650 280.46 1848
Boaco Santa Lucía Santa Lucía 8,254 120.78 1904
Boaco Teustepe Teustepe 26,265 645.73 1970
Carazo Diriamba Diriamba 57,542 348.88 1894
Carazo Dolores Dolores 6,761 2.62 1895
Carazo El Rosario El Rosario 5,317 11 1848
Carazo Jinotepe Jinotepe 42,109 292 1883
Carazo La Conquista La Conquista 3,777 91 1899
Carazo La Paz de Carazo La Paz de Carazo 4,657 15.51 1858
Carazo San Marcos San Marcos 29,019 118.11 1905
Carazo Santa Teresa Santa Teresa 16,891 194 1860
Chinandega Chichigalpa Chichigalpa 44,769 222.54 1894
Chinandega Chinandega Chinandega 121,793 686.61 1839
Chinandega San Juan de Cinco Pinos Cinco Pinos 6,781 60.38 1870
Chinandega Corinto Corinto 16,624 70.67 1858
Chinandega El Realejo El Realejo 8,838 104.54 1532
Chinandega El Viejo El Viejo 76,775 1,274.91 1673
Chinandega Posoltega Posoltega 16,771 124 1862
Chinandega San Francisco del Norte San Francisco del Norte 6,758 120.31 1889
Chinandega San Pedro del Norte San Pedro del Norte 4,719 71.5 1889
Chinandega Santo Tomás del Norte Santo Tomás del Norte 7,124 50 1889
Chinandega Somotillo Somotillo 29,030 1,089 1873
Chinandega Puerto Morazán Santa Rita de Tonalá 13,328 517 1946
Chinandega Villanueva Villanueva 25,660 779.88 1900
Chontales Acoyapa Acoyapa 16,946 1,381.79 1862
Chontales Comalapa Comalapa 11,785 643.86 1752
Chontales San Francisco de Cuapa San Francisco de Cuapa 5,507 277 1997
Chontales El Coral El Coral 7,039 306 1997
Chontales Juigalpa Juigalpa 51,838 726.75 1668
Chontales La Libertad La Libertad 11,429 774.55 1852
Chontales San Pedro de Lóvago San Pedro de Lóvago 7,650 466.50 1864
Chontales Santo Domingo Santo Domingo 12,182 681.71 1951
Chontales Santo Tomás Santo Tomás 16,404 546.6 1861
Chontales Villa Sandino Villa Sandino 13,152 676.51 1942
Estelí Condega Condega 28,481 398 1962
Estelí Estelí Estelí 112,084 795.7 1685
Estelí La Trinidad La Trinidad 20,140 261 1967
Estelí Pueblo Nuevo Pueblo Nuevo 20,620 222 N/A
Estelí San Juan de Limay San Juan de Limay 13,455 530.9 1891
Estelí San Nicolás San Nicolás 6,768 163 1892
Granada Diriá Diriá 6,375 364.26 N/A
Granada Diriomo Diriomo 22,352 50.08 N/A
Granada Granada Granada 105,171 531 1524
Granada Nandaime Nandaime 34,288 372.01 1890
Jinotega El Cuá El Cuá 43,305 637 2002
Jinotega Jinotega Jinotega 99,382 1,119 1891
Jinotega La Concordia La Concordia 6,486 122 1851
Jinotega San José de Bocay San José de Bocay 42,029 3,990 2002
Jinotega San Rafael del Norte San Rafael del Norte 17,789 606 1848
Jinotega San Sebastián de Yalí San Sebastián de Yalí 26,979 311 1908
Jinotega Santa María de Pantasma Santa María de Pantasma 37,880 563 1989
Jinotega Wiwilí de Jinotega Wiwilí de Jinotega 57,485 2,444.7 1989
León San José de Achuapa San José de Achuapa 13,797 416.24 1870
León El Jicaral El Jicaral 10,326 434 1834
León El Sauce El Sauce 27,900 629.97 1858
León La Paz Centro La Paz Centro 28,118 606 1610
León Larreynaga Malpaisillo 27,898 882 1936
León León León 174,051 820.19 1524
León Nagarote Nagarote 32,303 598.38 1548
León Quezalguaque Quezalguaque 8,591 86 1865
León Santa Rosa del Peñón Santa Rosa del Peñón 9,529 227.6 1858
León Telica Telica 23,266 400 1858
Madriz Las Sabanas Las Sabanas 4,136 69 1942
Madriz Palacagüina Palacagüina 12,825 192 N/A
Madriz San José de Cusmapa San José de Cusmapa 7,072 130 N/A
Madriz San Juan del Río Coco San Juan del Río Coco 21,114 182 1964
Madriz San Lucas San Lucas 12,975 139 1913
Madriz Somoto Somoto 33,788 466 1867
Madriz Telpaneca Telpaneca 19,025 300 1626
Madriz Totogalpa Totogalpa 11,927 137 1911
Madriz Yalagüina Yalagüina 9,597 53 1725
Managua Ciudad Sandino Ciudad Sandino 75,083 51.11 2000
Managua El Crucero El Crucero 13,656 975.3 2000
Managua Managua Managua 937,489 289 1819
Managua Mateare Mateare 28,775 297.4 1898
Managua San Francisco Libre San Francisco Libre 9,416 756 1961
Managua San Rafael del Sur San Rafael del Sur 42,417 357.3 1956
Managua Ticuantepe Ticuantepe 27,008 60.79 1974
Managua Tipitapa Tipitapa 101,685 975.17 1755
Managua Villa El Carmen Villa El Carmen 27,449 562.01 1907
Masaya Catarina Catarina 7,524 11.49 N/A
Masaya La Concepción La Concepción 31,950 73 1889
Masaya Masatepe Masatepe 31,583 62 N/A
Masaya Masaya Masaya 139,582 141 1819
Masaya Nandasmo Nandasmo 10,732 13 1976
Masaya Nindirí Nindirí 38,355 142.91 1500
Masaya Niquinohomo Niquinohomo 14,847 31.69 1870
Masaya San Juan de Oriente San Juan de Oriente 4,734 13.8 1585
Masaya Tisma Tisma 10,681 108 1883
Matagalpa Ciudad Darío Ciudad Darío 41,014 432 1920
Matagalpa El Tuma-La Dalia La Dalia 56,681 462 1989
Matagalpa Esquipulas Esquipulas 15,877 216 1944
Matagalpa Matagalpa Matagalpa 133,416 619.36 1538
Matagalpa Matiguás Matiguas 41,127 1,710 1920
Matagalpa Muy Muy Muy Muy 14,721 375 1751
Matagalpa Rancho Grande Rancho Grande 26,223 648 1989
Matagalpa Río Blanco Río Blanco 30,785 700 1974
Matagalpa San Dionisio San Dionisio 16,273 152 1830
Matagalpa San Isidro San Isidro 17,412 282.71 1862
Matagalpa San Ramón San Ramón 30,682 424 1905
Matagalpa Sébaco Sébaco 32,221 289.81 1989
Matagalpa Terrabona Terrabona 12,740 248.89 1715
Nueva Segovia Ciudad Antigua Ciudad Antigua 4,868 154 1611
Nueva Segovia Dipilto Dipilto 5,207 108 1942
Nueva Segovia El Jícaro El Jícaro 25,901 278 1874
Nueva Segovia Wiwilí de Nueva Segovia Wiwilí de Nueva Segovia 16,344 398 1970
Nueva Segovia Jalapa Jalapa 54,491 629 1891
Nueva Segovia Macuelizo Macuelizo 6,076 250 1815
Nueva Segovia Mozonte Mozonte 6,795 242 N/A
Nueva Segovia Murra Murra 14,847 479 1872
Nueva Segovia Ocotal Ocotal 34,580 85.64 1780
Nueva Segovia Quilalí Quilalí 26,461 339 1920
Nueva Segovia San Fernando San Fernando 8,549 269 1897
Nueva Segovia Santa María Santa María 4,404 168 1850
Río San Juan El Almendro El Almendro 13,363 993 1974
Río San Juan El Castillo Boca de Sábalos 19,864 1,656 N/A
Río San Juan Morrito Morrito 6,570 677 1989
Río San Juan San Carlos San Carlos 37,461 1,462 1949
Río San Juan San Juan de Nicaragua San Juan de Nicaragua 1,307 1,462 N/A
Río San Juan San Miguelito San Miguelito 17,031 923 1850
Rivas Altagracia Altagracia 19,955 211.21 N/A
Rivas Belén Belén 16,428 246.26 1892
Rivas Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 5,420 75.22 1717
Rivas Cárdenas Cárdenas 6,990 226.63 N/A
Rivas Moyogalpa Moyogalpa 9,729 63 N/A
Rivas Potosí Potosí 11,904 146 N/A
Rivas Rivas Rivas 41,080 280.54 1835
Rivas San Jorge San Jorge 8,024 22 1852
Rivas San Juan del Sur San Juan del Sur 14,741 411.05 1851
Rivas Tola Tola 22,012 474 1750

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