World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

List of metropolitan areas in the West Indies

Article Id: WHEBN0025239057
Reproduction Date:

Title: List of metropolitan areas in the West Indies  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Havana, Caribbean South America, Fishing industry in the Caribbean, Citrus industry in the Caribbean, Tourism in the Caribbean
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

List of metropolitan areas in the West Indies

This is a list of metropolitan areas of the West Indies. As described by Encyclopædia Britannica Online, the West Indies are a crescent-shaped group of islands more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km) long separating the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, to the west and south, from the Atlantic Ocean, to the east and north. From the peninsula of Florida on the mainland of the United States, the islands stretch 1,200 miles (1,900 km) southeastward, then 500 miles (800 km) south, then west along the north coast of Venezuela on the South American mainland.[1] Any city, town, or any other form of settlement that lies within this area can be considered a West Indian city. Despite this, some countries such as Guyana, Suriname, and Belize which lie in South America and Central America respectively, are not geographically a part of the West Indies, but because of their historical, cultural, and political standpoint they have always been included as one.

The following is a list of the first forty-three West Indian metropolitan areas by their total population. The list makes a distinction between cities that lie within the Caribbean Community or CARICOM and those that do not. For related lists, see below.

  Within the Caribbean Community
# Metropolitan area name Country Population Metro area Density (/km2) Notes
1 Greater Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic 3,712,391[2] 1,400.79 km2 2,722.2/km2 The oldest permanent city established by Europeans in the Americas, largest city in the Caribbean and capital of the Dominican Republic.[3]
2 San Juan  Puerto Rico 395,326 (City) 2,478,905 (Metro)[4] 199.2 km2 (City) 1,984.6/km2 (City) The capital and largest city of Puerto Rico. Second most populous metropolitan area in the Caribbean.[5]
3 Port-au-Prince  Haiti 942,194 (City) 2,470,762 (Metro) [6] 735.78 km2 3,817.89/km2 Capital and largest city of Haiti.[7]
4 Havana  Cuba 2,141,993 721.1 km2 2,970.5/km2 Capital of Cuba and third largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean; by some definitions, the largest Caribbean city.[8]
5 Santiago de los Caballeros  Dominican Republic 1,198,754[9] 524 km2 3,800.2/km2 Second-largest city of the Dominican Republic.
6 Kingston and Saint Andrew Corporation  Jamaica 937,700 480 km2 1,358.1/km2 Capital of Jamaica and most populous English-speaking Caribbean city.[10]
7 East-West Corridor  Trinidad and Tobago 548,000 899 km2 609.6/km2
8 Carrefour  Haiti 439,581 [6] 164.9 km2 2,665.7/km2
9 Santiago de Cuba  Cuba 423,392 1,023.8 km2 413.5/km2
10 Delmas  Haiti 377,199 [6] 80.2 km2 4,703.1/km2
11 Pétionville  Haiti 359,615 [6] 165,49 km2 2 070,8/km2
12 Greater Georgetown  Guyana 354,964 147.6 km2 2,404.9/km2 The capital and largest city of Guyana as well as the largest West Indian city located below sea level.[11]
13 Aguadilla  Puerto Rico 60,949 (City) 306,292 (Metro) [4] 94.7 km2 (City) 308.3/km2 (City)
14 Camagüey  Cuba 301,574 1,106 km2 272.6/km2
15 La Romana  Dominican Republic 301,375 653,95 km2 490 /km2
16 Puerto Plata  Dominican Republic 277,981 459.71 km2 604.7/km2
17 Holguín  Cuba 269,618 666 km2 404.8/km2
18 Nassau  Bahamas 248,948 207 km2 1,206.6/km2 Capital and largest city in the Bahamas.[12]
19 Ponce  Puerto Rico 166,327 (City) 243,147 (Metro) [4] 183 km2 (City) 331.7/km2 (City) Second most important city, but fourth in population and third most populous primary metropolitan area of Puerto Rico.[13]
20 Paramaribo  Suriname 242,946 183 km2 1,327.6/km2 Largest city and capital of Suriname.[14]
21 Bridgetown Metropolitan Area  Barbados 115,233 40 km2 7,400/km2 Capital, largest city in Barbados and also the oldest English-speaking city in the Caribbean

A clickable map of some major cities in the Caribbean

See also


  1. ^ Brereton, Bridget. "West Indies". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "West Indies". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  4. ^ a b c
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d
  7. ^ "Port-au-Prince".  
  8. ^ "Havana". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Kingston". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  11. ^ Mohabeer, Surendra (2007). "Georgetown is a Floral Gem". The Bronx Journal. 
  12. ^ "Nassau (The Bahamas)". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Paramaribo (Suriname)". Encyclopædia Britannica. 
  • Cities and urban areas in the Caribbean with population over 100,000, sorted by City Population
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.