States of Venezuela

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Venezuela is divided into 23 states (estados), 1 Capital District (Distrito Capital) and the Federal Dependencies (Dependencias Federales) that consist of a large number of Venezuelan islands. Venezuela also claims the Guayana Esequiba territory which comprises six districts in the independent nation of Guyana.

Historical states[edit]

Prior to the Federal War of (1859–1863), the country was divided into provinces rather than states (see Provinces of Venezuela). The victorious forces were supposed to grant more autonomy to the individual states, but this was not implemented.

From 1863 to the early 1900s there were numerous territorial changes, including the merger and splitting of states, but from then until the 1990s the states were left unchanged. States that existed during this time included Guzmán Blanco State (1873–1889). Originally a renamed Aragua State, in 1881 the states of Miranda, Guárico, Nueva Esparta and the Vargas department of the Federal District were merged into the state. This was part of a territorial reorganisation reducing the number of states from 20 to 9, which was reversed in 1901.

The 1990s saw the creation of three new states: Delta Amacuro (1991), Amazonas (1994), and Vargas (1998).


Below is a list of the 23 states of Venezuela. The states are listed along with their correspondent emblems, data and location.

Flag Coat of Arms State Capital city Population
(2011 census)
Region Location
Flag of Amazonas State.svg Escudo amazonas.gif Amazonas Puerto Ayacucho 146,480 180,145 Guayana Amazonas in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Anzoátegui State.svg Ve Anzoategui.png Anzoátegui Barcelona 1,469,747 43,300 Nor - Oriental Anzoategui in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Apure State.svg Coat of arms of Apure.png Apure San Fernando de Apure 459,025 76,500 Llanos Apure in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Aragua State.svg Coat of arms of Aragua.png Aragua Maracay 1,630,308 7,014 Central Aragua in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Barinas State.svg Barinas.jpg Barinas Barinas 816,264 35,200 Andean Barinas in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Bolivar State flag.png Ve bolivar-escut.png Bolívar Ciudad Bolívar 1,410,964 238,000 Guayana Bolivar in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Carabobo State.svg Escudocarabobob.jpg Carabobo Valencia 2,245,744 4,650 Central Carabobo in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Cojedes State.svg Escudo cojedes-1-.jpg Cojedes San Carlos 323,165 14,800 Central Cojedes in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Delta Amacuro State.svg Delta Amacuro CoA.png Delta Amacuro Tucupita 167,676 40,200 Guayana Delta Amacuro in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Falcon State.png ESCUDO DEL ESTADO FALCON.jpg Falcón Coro 902,847 24,800 Central - Occidental Falcon in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Escudo Guarico.png Guárico San Juan De Los Morros 747,739 64,986 Llanos Guarico in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Lara State.svg Lara State Seal.png Lara Barquisimeto 1,774,867 19,800 Central - Occidental Lara in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Mérida.svg Escudo Mérida.gif Mérida Mérida 828,592 11,300 Andean Merida in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Miranda state.svg Escudo estado Miranda.jpg Miranda Los Teques 2,675,165 7,950 Capital Miranda in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Monagas State.png Escudo Monagas.gif Monagas Maturín 905,443 28,930 Nor - Oriental Monagas in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Nueva Esparta.svg Escudonvaesparta.jpg Nueva Esparta La Asunción 491,610 1,150 Insular Nueva Esparta in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Portuguesa.svg Escudo Portuguesa.jpg Portuguesa Guanare 876,496 15,200 Central - Occidental Portuguesa in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Sucre State.svg Coat of arms of Sucre State.png Sucre Cumaná 896,291 11,800 Nor - Oriental Sucre in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Táchira.svg Escudo Estado Tachira.svg Táchira San Cristóbal 1,168,908 11,100 Andean Tachira in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Trujillo State.svg Escudo trujillo Vzla.gif Trujillo Trujillo 686,367 7,400 Andean Trujillo in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Vargas State.svg Escudo vargas.PNG Vargas La Güaira 352,920 1,496 Capital Vargas in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Yaracuy State.svg Escudo yaracuy.JPG Yaracuy San Felipe 600,852 7,100 Central - Occidental Yaracuy in Venezuela (+claimed).svg
Flag of Zulia State.svg Armoirie.Zulia.Venezuela.png Zulia Maracaibo 3,704,404 63,100 Zulian Zulia in Venezuela (+claimed).svg

Special status areas[edit]

Flag Coat of Arms Area Capital city Population
(2011 census)
Bandera de Caracas.svg Coat of Arms of Caracas.svg Capital District Caracas 1,943,901 433 Capital District in Venezuela (special marker) (+claimed).svg
Federal dependencies of Venezuela's Flag.svg Escudodearmasdelestado1.jpg Federal Dependencies Los Roques 2,155 342 Federal Dependencies in Venezuela (special marker) (+claimed).svg


Several states are named for historical figures:

Several states are named for natural features:

Other naming origins:

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