Centre (department)

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Centre in Haiti
Centre in Haiti
Country Flag of Haiti.svg Haiti
Capital Hinche
 • Type Departmental Council
 • department 3,487.41 km2 (1,346.50 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • department 746,236
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
 • Urban 151,488
 • Rural 594,748
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
ISO 3166 code HT-CE

Centre (Haitian Creole: Sant) is one of the ten departments (French: départements, Haitian Creole: depatman) of Haiti, located in the center of the country along the border with the Dominican Republic. As of 2015, its estimated population was 746,236.[2] Its capital is Hinche. It borders the Dominican Republic to the east and is the only landlocked department in Haiti.


Centre is the only department without access to the sea, but is nevertheless affected by soil erosion as a result of deforestation. In 2004, the floods caused by Hurricane Jeanne resulted in hundreds of deaths, focused in Centre and Artibonite Departments.

It contains the second largest lake in Haiti Lake Péligre, which was created as a result of the construction of the Péligre Dam on the Artibonite River during the 1950s. It is the largest hydroelectric dam in the Caribbean.

Historical places[edit]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Centre department is divided into four arrondissements and twelve communes:


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  2. ^ "POPULATION TOTALE, POPULATION DE 18 ANS ET PLUS MÉNAGES ET DENSITÉS ESTIMÉS EN 2015" (PDF). IHSI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 22 Mar 2017. 

Coordinates: 19°09′00″N 72°01′00″W / 19.15°N 72.0167°W / 19.15; -72.0167