San Pedro de Macorís Province
|San Pedro de Macorís|
|Capital||San Pedro de Macorís|
|- elevation||4 m (13 ft)|
|Area||1,255.46 km2 (485 sq mi)|
|Population||290,458 (2010) |
|Density||231 / km2 (598 / sq mi)|
2 municipal districts
|Area code||1-809 1-829 1-849|
San Pedro de Macorís (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsam ˈpeðɾo ðe makoˈɾis]) is a province of the Dominican Republic, also the name of its capital city. The city is fairly active due to its proximity to the national capital of Santo Domingo and also its role in the sugar industry. The province is informally known as San Pedro, SPM or Serie 23 for the first two numbers of their Dominican identification or Cedula.
Citizens from San Pedro de Macorís are called petromacorisanos. The culture of the province shares many similarities with those of the other eastern provinces. For example, during carnival season, the diablos (devils) tend to wield fuetes (whips), which relates to the traditional cattle farming of the whole region.
Serie 23 is a mecca for all Dominican culture and was the home to the DR's most famous writer, Pedro Mir. In the past years the beautiful architecture of Serie 23 has been used as a backdrop for several Hollywood feature films, such as Miami Vice, The Good Shepherd and Sugar. It often stands in for Havana, Cuba.
Municipalities and municipal districts
- Ramón Santana
- San José de los Llanos
- San Pedro de Macorís
The following is a sortable table of the municipalities and municipal districts with population figures as of the 2012 census. Urban population are those living in the seats (cabeceras literally heads) of municipalities or of municipal districts. Rural population are those living in the districts (Secciones literally sections) and neighborhoods (Parajes literally places) outside of them.
|Name||Total population||Urban population||Rural population|
|San José de los Llanos||38,989||7,856||31,133|
|San Pedro de Macorís||263,951||218,055||45,896|
|San Pedro de Macorís province||418,850||310,003||108,847|
For comparison with the municipalities and municipal districts of other provinces see the list of municipalities and municipal districts of the Dominican Republic.
There are several Ingenios azucareros (sugar mills or, literally, sugar engines) distributed in the province which handle the load of its large sugar cane plantations. This industry in turn allowed for San Pedro De Macorís to serve as the base of operations for two of the DR's three biggest rummeries. Bovine cattle is another important economic asset, as it is in all of the other eastern provinces thanks to the vast Llanura Oriental (Eastern Plain). San Pedro also hosts many hotel and tourism ventures, ranging from low-tier resorts to top tier exclusive Golf and Country Clubs.
The province enjoys a rarely disputed reputation as the capital of Dominican baseball, providing a relatively high number of professional baseball players. Many of these players are drafted to play in the USA's Major Leagues of Baseball, with Sammy Sosa being the most notable player from SPM in recent years (see a full list of Dominican players). Baseball players from this city often come from poor homes and use baseball as a way to earn money for their families. Many ball players from this city are major philanthropists as well.
- "IX Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2010." (PDF) (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadística. June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- Gwillim Law - Statoids. "Provinces of the Dominican Republic". Retrieved 2007-05-26.
- 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.
- Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia. "Censos y Proyecciones de la Población Dominicana por Regiones, Provincias, Municipios y Distritos Municipales, 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- (Spanish) Oficina Nacional de Estadística, Statistics Portal of the Dominican Republic
- (Spanish) Oficina Nacional de Estadística, Maps with administrative division of the provinces of the Dominican Republic, downloadable in PDF format