Cercado Province (Oruro)
Location of Cercado Province in Bolivia
|• Total||5,162 km2 (1,993 sq mi)|
|• Density||46.7/km2 (121/sq mi)|
|• Ethnicities||Quechua, Aymara|
|Time zone||BOT (UTC-4)|
Cercado is a province in the northeastern parts of the Bolivian department of Oruro. Its capital is Oruro. The hamlet of Paria, established in 1535, was the first Spanish settlement in Bolivia and previously had been a regional capital of the Inca Empire. Paria is located in Soracachi municipality.
It borders Tomas Barrón Province and La Paz Department in the northwest, Nor Carangas Province and Saucarí Province in the west, Poopó Province and Pantaléon Dalence Province in the southeast, and Cochabamba Department in the east and north.
The province extends over 135 km from North to South, and 105 km from east to west.
The population increased from 213,755 inhabitants (1992 census) to 241,230 (2001 census), an increase of 12.9%. - 39.4% of the population is younger than 15 years old.
|Capital Municipality||Oruro Municipality||Oruro|
|2nd||El Choro Municipality||El Choro|
|3rd||Paria Municipality (formerly Soracachi Municipality)||Soracachi|