Cerro, Havana

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Municipality of Havana
Location of Cerro in Havana
Location of Cerro in Havana
Coordinates: 23°5′17″N 82°23′42″W / 23.08806°N 82.39500°W / 23.08806; -82.39500Coordinates: 23°5′17″N 82°23′42″W / 23.08806°N 82.39500°W / 23.08806; -82.39500
Country  Cuba
Province Coat of arms of La Habana.svg Ciudad de La Habana
Wards (Consejos Populares) Armada, Cerro, El Canal, Las Cañas, Latinoamericano, Palatino, Pilar-Atares
 • Total 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2004)[2]
 • Total 132,351
 • Density 13,235/km2 (34,280/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53-7

Cerro is one of the 15 municipalities or boroughs (municipios in Spanish) in the city of Havana, Cuba. As of 2016 it is considered "one of Havana’s poorest municipalities."[3]


The area dates from 1803 when two property owners José María Rodríguez and Francisco Betancourt established residence. Their example was followed by many others. In 1807, Cerro was recognized as a town with the construction of the first wooden church, which has been replaced by the current parish buildings.

Cerro was chosen by wealthy families of the capital as a place to spend the summer. In 1843 there existed five large vacation residences, with 23 others notable for their sumptuousness. There were also 273 private homes owned by wealthy families. In 1800, Cerro's population was 2,000;[4] 2,125 in 1843; and by 1858, there were 2,530 permanent residents.


  1. ^ Statoids (July 2003). "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ Atenas.cu (2004). "2004 Population trends, by Province and Municipality" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2006-07-14. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  3. ^ Naomi Larsson (September 5, 2016), "Havana's Dirty Truths", The Guardian, Cities 
  4. ^ Sherry Johnson (1997). "'La Guerra Contra los Habitantes de los Arrabales': Changing Patterns of Land Use and Land Tenancy in and around Havana, 1763-1800". Hispanic American Historical Review. 77. JSTOR 2516900. 

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