Centre (department)

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Centre in Haiti
Centre in Haiti
CountryFlag of Haiti.svg Haiti
 • TypeDepartmental Council
 • department3,487.41 km2 (1,346.50 sq mi)
 • department746,236
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
ISO 3166 codeHT-CE
HDI (2017)0.435[2]
low · 10th

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.[3] 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]

The Department of Centre is subdivided into four arrondissements, which are further subdivided into twelve communes.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2015-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "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