Usulután Department

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Usulután Volcano
Usulután Volcano
Flag of Usulután
Location within El Salvador
Location within El Salvador
Coordinates: 13°22′34″N 88°31′12″W / 13.376°N 88.52°W / 13.376; -88.52Coordinates: 13°22′34″N 88°31′12″W / 13.376°N 88.52°W / 13.376; -88.52
Country  El Salvador
(given current status)
Seat Usulután
 • Total 2,130.4 km2 (822.6 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 1st
 • Total 366,040
 • Rank Ranked 5th
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
ISO 3166 code SV-US

Usulután from the Nawat language (meaning "city of the ocelots") is a department of El Salvador in the southeast of the country (Lenca region). The capital is Usulután.

It is El Salvador's largest department. It has an area of 2,130 km² and a population of over 366,000.

The department was created on June 22, 1865.

On October 26, 1948, the Alegria district was abolished and a new one called Santiago de Maria was created; it contains the cities of Santiago de Maria, which is the main city, as well as Alegria, Tecapan and California.

The city of Usulutan, the department's capital, was founded by the Lenca tribes but it was conquered by the Pipil tribes. Some of the best beaches in El Salvador are located in Usulutan, and others such as El Espino are now under development. For its high migration of its residents to the United States, it is known as shulton city.

The department is home to Jiquilisco Bay and Port El Triunfo.


  1. Alegría
  2. Berlín
  3. California
  4. Concepción Batres
  5. El Triunfo
  6. Ereguayquín
  7. Estanzuelas
  8. Jiquilisco
  9. Jucuapa
  10. Jucuarán
  11. Mercedes Umaña
  12. Nueva Granada
  13. Ozatlán
  14. Puerto El Triunfo
  15. San Agustín
  16. San Buenaventura
  17. San Dionisio
  18. San Francisco Javier
  19. Santa Elena
  20. Santa María
  21. Santiago de María
  22. Tecapán
  23. Usulután