Gurabo, Dominican Republic

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Gurabo
Gurabo is located in the Dominican Republic
Gurabo
Gurabo
Coordinates: 19°29′0″N 70°40′0″W / 19.48333°N 70.66667°W / 19.48333; -70.66667
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Santiago
Municipality Santiago de los Caballeros
Founded 1495
Area[1]
 • Total 664.37 km2 (256.51 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 173 m (568 ft)
Population (2012)[3]
 • Total 126,668
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
 • Urban 77,009
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

 158km
Municipalities 5

Gurabo is a suburban section in northeast Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. It contains a population estimated at 42,000.[4] Gurabo is best known for its Tobacco Plantations and Amber Mines.

Development[edit]

The growth of Santiago de los Caballeros has also spurred the development of Gurabo, being that its close to the city. Gurabo was once very rural yet has always had agricultural, industrial, commercial and textile sectors. Today, it retains these sectors yet with its growth there are many housing developments, which began in the late 1990s.[4] This has led to Gurabo being considered a satellite city of Santiago.

Notable people[edit]

Amongst the famous people born in Gurabo we can find:

  • Former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía and his wife, First Lady Rosa Gómez Arias.
  • María Josefa de los Santos Domínguez Gómez, wife of President Juan Isidro Jimenes.
  • Brothers Rubén and Muni Díaz Moreno, participants in the revolts for the return of Dominican constitutionality in 1965.
  • Víctor Méndez, politician.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. 
  3. ^ Censo 2012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  4. ^ a b "Gurabo y Cienfuegos: dos ciudades satélites de Santiago". ProvinciasDominicanas.org. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 

Coordinates: 19°28′26″N 70°40′22″W / 19.47388°N 70.67265°W / 19.47388; -70.67265