States of Venezuela

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Capital district and states of Venezuela
Distrito Capital, estados y dependencies federales de Venezuela(Spanish)
Localizador Politico de Venezuela.svg
Category Federated state
Location Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Number 23 States
1 Capital District
Populations (States only):146,480 (Amazonas) – 3,704,404 (Zulia)
Areas (States only)440 square miles (1,100 km2) (Nueva Esparta) – 92,000 square miles (240,000 km2) (Bolívar)
Government State government
Subdivisions Municipality
(Federal dependencies):Island
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Venezuela is a federation made up of 23 states (estados), 1 Capital District (Distrito Capital) and the Federal Dependencies (Dependencias Federales) that consist of a large number of Venezuelan islands. Venezuela also claims the Guayana Esequiba territory which comprises six districts in the independent nation of Guyana.

Historical states[edit]

Prior to the Federal War of (1859–1863), the country was divided into provinces rather than states (see Provinces of Venezuela). The victorious forces were supposed to grant more autonomy to the individual states, but this was not implemented.

From 1863 to the early 1900s there were numerous territorial changes, including the merger and splitting of states, but from then until the 1990s the states were left unchanged. States that existed during this time included Guzmán Blanco State (1873–1889). Originally a renamed Aragua State, in 1881 the states of Miranda, Guárico, Nueva Esparta and the Vargas department of the Federal District were merged into the state. This was part of a territorial reorganisation reducing the number of states from 20 to 9, which was reversed in 1901.

The 1990s saw the creation of three new states: Delta Amacuro (1991), Amazonas (1994), and Vargas (1998).


Below is a list of the 23 states of Venezuela. The states are listed along with their correspondent emblems, data and location.

Flag Coat of Arms State Capital city Population
(2011 census)
Region Location
Flag of Amazonas State.svg Amazonas Puerto Ayacucho 146,480 180,145 Guayana Amazonas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Anzoátegui State.svg Ve Anzoategui.png Anzoátegui Barcelona 1,469,747 43,300 Nor - Oriental Anzoategui in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Apure State.svg Apure San Fernando de Apure 459,025 76,500 Llanos Apure in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Aragua State.svg Coat of arms of Aragua.png Aragua Maracay 1,630,308 7,014 Central Aragua in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Barinas State.svg Barinas Barinas 816,264 35,200 Andean Barinas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Bolívar State.svg Ve bolivar-escut.png Bolívar Ciudad Bolívar 1,410,964 238,000 Guayana Bolivar in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Carabobo State.svg Carabobo Valencia 2,245,744 4,650 Central Carabobo in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Cojedes State.svg Cojedes San Carlos 323,165 14,800 Central Cojedes in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Delta Amacuro State.svg Delta Amacuro Tucupita 167,676 40,200 Guayana Delta Amacuro in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Falcon State.png Falcón Coro 902,847 24,800 Central - Occidental Falcon in Venezuela.svg
Guarico-bandera.jpg Escudo Guarico.png Guárico San Juan De Los Morros 747,739 64,986 Llanos Guarico in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Lara State.svg Lara Barquisimeto 1,774,867 19,800 Central - Occidental Lara in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Mérida.svg Coat of arms of Mérida State.svg Mérida Mérida 828,592 11,300 Andean Merida in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Miranda state.svg Miranda Los Teques 2,675,165 7,950 Capital Miranda in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Monagas State.png Monagas Maturín 905,443 28,930 Nor - Oriental Monagas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Nueva Esparta.svg Nueva Esparta La Asunción 491,610 1,150 Insular Nueva Esparta in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Portuguesa.svg Portuguesa Guanare 876,496 15,200 Central - Occidental Portuguesa in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Sucre State.svg Coat of arms of Sucre State.svg Sucre Cumaná 896,291 11,800 Nor - Oriental Sucre in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Táchira.svg Escudo Estado Tachira.svg Táchira San Cristóbal 1,168,908 11,100 Andean Tachira in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Trujillo State.svg Trujillo Trujillo 686,367 7,400 Andean Trujillo in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Vargas State.svg Vargas La Güaira 352,920 1,496 Capital Vargas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Yaracuy State.svg Yaracuy San Felipe 600,852 7,100 Central - Occidental Yaracuy in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Zulia State.svg Zulia Maracaibo 3,704,404 63,100 Zulian Zulia in Venezuela.svg

Special status areas[edit]

Flag Coat of Arms Area Capital city Population
(2011 census)
Flag of Caracas.svg Coat of arms of Caracas.svg Capital District Caracas 1,943,901 433 Capital District in Venezuela (special marker).svg
Federal dependencies of Venezuela's Flag.svg Federal Dependencies Los Roques 2,155 342 Federal Dependencies in Venezuela (special marker).svg


Several states are named for historical figures:

Several states are named for natural features:

Other naming origins:

See also[edit]

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