Largest Cities in Bolivia

Facts about Bolivia

Official languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Capital: Sucre
Area: 1,098,580 km²
Population: 9.9 million residents
Population density: 9.05 residents per km²
Currency: BOB
Internet TLD: .bo
ISO codes: BO , BOL, 68
The calling code for Bolivia is +591

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Bolivia, a landlocked country in central South America, is one of the poorest countries on the continent.

Despite its wealth of natural resources (previously mainly silver and tin), Bolivia is the poorest and least exporting country in Latin America. Two thirds of the population live in poverty, although Bolivia has South America’s second largest gas reserves, 90 percent of which are exported. The natural gas industry was nationalized in 2006. More than half of the population lives 3,500 meters above sea level in the Altiplano, a plateau between two Andean chains.

In recent years, a domestic political division has developed in Bolivia between the west and the east of the country. The formerly prosperous and populous western regions in the highlands, in which the capital Sucre and the seat of government La Paz are also located, have been impoverished after the decline of mining and have been losing population to the eastern departments, which are located wholly or partly in the lowlands, for years due to internal migration. In recent years, the development of oil and gas reserves and modern, partly industrialized agriculture and forestry have resulted in profitable, growing industries and a wealthy bourgeoisie.

Biggest Cities of Bolivia by Population

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia 1,364,500 -17.7863 -63.1812
2 Cochabamba, Bolivia 900,525 -17.3895 -66.1568
3 La Paz, Bolivia 812,910 -16.5 -68.15
4 Sucre, Bolivia 224,949 -19.0333 -65.2627
5 Oruro, Bolivia 208,795 -17.9833 -67.15
6 Tarija, Bolivia 159,380 -21.5355 -64.7296
7 Potosi, Bolivia 141,362 -19.5836 -65.7531
8 Sacaba, Bolivia 107,739 -17.398 -66.0383
9 Montero, Bolivia 88,727 -17.3387 -63.2505
10 Quillacollo, Bolivia 87,420 -17.3923 -66.2784
11 Trinidad, Bolivia 84,370 -14.8333 -64.9
12 Yacuiba, Bolivia 82,914 -22.0164 -63.6775
13 Riberalta, Bolivia 74,125 -11.0065 -66.0631
14 Tiquipaya, Bolivia 54,015 -17.338 -66.2158
15 Guayaramerin, Bolivia 36,119 -10.8258 -65.3581
16 Bermejo, Bolivia 35,522 -22.7321 -64.3372
17 Mizque, Bolivia 30,592 -17.941 -65.3402
18 Villazon, Bolivia 30,364 -22.0866 -65.5942
19 Llallagua, Bolivia 28,180 -18.4243 -66.5839
20 Camiri, Bolivia 28,072 -20.0385 -63.5183
21 Cobija, Bolivia 26,696 -11.0267 -68.7692
22 San Borja, Bolivia 24,721 -14.8519 -66.7495
23 San Ignacio de Velasco, Bolivia 23,680 -16.3667 -60.95
24 Tupiza, Bolivia 22,344 -21.4435 -65.7188
25 Warnes, Bolivia 22,147 -17.5163 -63.1678
26 San Borja, Bolivia 19,751 -14.8167 -66.85
27 Ascencion de Guarayos, Bolivia 18,927 -15.893 -63.1885
28 Villamontes, Bolivia 18,872 -21.2624 -63.469
29 Cotoca, Bolivia 18,458 -17.8167 -63.05
30 Villa Yapacani, Bolivia 18,298 -17.4 -63.8333
31 Santiago del Torno, Bolivia 15,654 -17.9867 -63.3812
32 Huanuni, Bolivia 15,603 -18.289 -66.8358
33 Punata, Bolivia 15,305 -17.5423 -65.8347
34 Ascension, Bolivia 14,540 -15.7 -63.0833
35 Mineros, Bolivia 14,496 -17.1188 -63.231
36 Santa Ana de Yacuma, Bolivia 12,894 -13.7441 -65.4269
37 Patacamaya, Bolivia 12,371 -17.2358 -67.9217
38 Colchani, Bolivia 12,099 -20.3 -66.9333
39 Rurrenabaque, Bolivia 11,860 -14.4412 -67.5278
40 Portachuelo, Bolivia 11,596 -17.3517 -63.3928
41 Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia 10,503 -17.7833 -57.7667
42 Uyuni, Bolivia 10,404 -20.4597 -66.825
43 Robore, Bolivia 9,993 -18.3347 -59.7614
44 Pailon, Bolivia 9,415 -17.65 -62.75
45 Cliza, Bolivia 8,765 -17.5878 -65.9325
46 Achacachi, Bolivia 8,558 -16.05 -68.6833
47 Vallegrande, Bolivia 8,533 -18.4892 -64.1061
48 Monteagudo, Bolivia 8,400 -19.7999 -63.9546
49 Aiquile, Bolivia 8,335 -18.2041 -65.1807
50 Tarata, Bolivia 8,154 -17.609 -66.0213
51 Challapata, Bolivia 8,127 -18.9021 -66.7705
52 San Julian, Bolivia 7,817 -17.7833 -62.8667
53 Reyes, Bolivia 7,487 -14.2952 -67.3362
54 Concepcion, Bolivia 7,011 -16.4333 -60.9
55 San Matias, Bolivia 6,463 -16.3667 -58.4
56 La Belgica, Bolivia 5,612 -17.55 -63.2167
57 Santa Rosa del Sara, Bolivia 5,362 -17.1092 -63.5951
58 Capinota, Bolivia 5,268 -17.7111 -66.2608
59 Chimore, Bolivia 5,258 -16.9942 -65.1533
60 San Pedro, Bolivia 5,113 -16.2372 -68.8506

Bolivia: Sucre / La Paz

The capital of Bolivia is called Sucre. However, the largest city in the country is Santa Cruz with 1.4 million inhabitants. And La Paz is better known than either of them, but it is not the capital – but at least the seat of government.

Both cities, Sucre and La Paz, are on the Altiplano, but Sucre is far more south than La Paz. In 1899, Sucre was given up as the seat of government because the region was in economic decline. Since then, Bolivia has been ruled from La Paz. Sucre has about 300,000 inhabitants. About 800,000 people live in La Paz. The town of El Alto was built on the neighboring western plateau, where another 850,000 people live.

La Paz is the highest seat of government in the world at an altitude of 3200 to 4100 meters. The higher people live on the slopes, the poorer they are usually. For tourists, altitude is often a problem: they quickly become breathless and can even get altitude sickness.

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