Port-au-Prince Arrondissement

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Port-au-Prince Arrondissement

Pòtoprens Awondisman
Country Haiti
 • Arrondissement735.78 km2 (284.09 sq mi)
 • Urban
161.72 km2 (62.44 sq mi)
 • Rural
574.06 km2 (221.65 sq mi)
 • Arrondissement2,759,991
 • Density3,800/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
Postal code
Communal Sections34
IHSI Code011
Computer generated aerial view of the arrondissement

Port-au-Prince (Haitian Creole: Pòtoprens) is an arrondissement in the Ouest department of Haiti. It had 2,109,516 inhabitants at the 2003 Census which was estimated to have risen to 2,759,991 in 2015 in an area of 735.78 sq km (284.09 sq mi).[2][1] Postal codes in the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement start with the number 61.


Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas, Port-au-Prince, in relation to one another

The arondissement consists of the following communes:


Port-au-Prince, Carrefour, Pétion-Ville, in relation to each other, areas of heavy 12 January 2010 quake damage are highlighted

2010 7.0 earthquake[edit]

Downtown Port-au-Prince after the quake

On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the arrondissement, the largest in Haiti in two centuries.[3] The city of Port-au-Prince suffered much damage, and estimates of upwards of 50,000 deaths, with many facilities destroyed.[4] In Pétion-Ville, the earthquake collapsed a hospital in the city.[5] In Carrefour, half of the buildings were destroyed in the worst-affected areas.[6] Roughly half the structures were destroyed in Gressier.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Population totale, population de 18 ans et plus ménages et densités estimés en 2015" [Total Population, Population of 18 and over, Households and Densities Estimated in 2015] (PDF). IHSI (in French). March 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ Institut Haïtien de Statistique et d'Informatique (IHSI), 7 August 2003.
  3. ^ CNN News Morning, 13 January 2010
  4. ^ CNN, "The Situation Room", 15 January 2010
  5. ^ "Haitian Earthquake Causes Hospital Collapse". The New York Times. 12 January 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b ABC News, 'Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"', AFP, Lisa Millar, 17 January 2010 (accessed 17 January 2010)

Coordinates: 18°30′39″N 72°38′02″W / 18.51083°N 72.63389°W / 18.51083; -72.63389