Located near the center of South America’s second-most populous nation, Bogotá (officially Bogotá, D.C.) is the capital city of the Republic of Colombia.
Ranked number 9 among the world’s least costly cities by PwC’s 2016 Cities of Opportunity Index, Bogatà is the capital city for the Republic of Colombia. The Colombian capital scored well on benchmarks for personal taxes, cost of business occupancy and cost of living.
Bogatà’s cost advantages are exemplified by the fact that Colombia’s capital city placed second among all cities for the lowest cost of living.
Colombia placed at the bottom end of the world’s top 60 exporters in 2016, shipping US$31 billion worth of goods around the globe. Highest-value Colombian exports are petroleum oils, coal, coffee, flowers, gold, bananas as well as insecticides, fungicides and herbicides according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Bogotá, Colombia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Mount Montserrate, Plaza de Bolivar and Catedral Primada de Colombia
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Bogotá, Colombia:
- Juan Manuel Santos, president (born Aug. 10, 1951)
- Mariana Duque, professional tennis player (born Aug. 12, 1989)
- Aura Cristina Geithner, actress (born Mar. 9, 1967)
- Lina Dorado, artist & filmmaker (born Apr. 2, 1975)
- John Leguizamo, actor, comedian & writer (born Jul. 22, 1964)
- Antonio Negret, director & producer (born Feb. 13, 1982)
- Paola Rey, actress (born Dec. 19, 1979)
- Alex Campos, singer-songwriter (born Sep. 10, 1976)
- Haider Ackermann, ready-to-wear fashion designer (born Mar. 29, 1971)
- Enrique Pedráza Botero, filmmaker (born Jan. 10, 1992)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Bogotá resident: Bogotán
Population: 8,188,000 (Bogotá city)
Density: 13,357 people per square mile (5,157 per square kilometer)
Population: 9,800,000 (Metropolitan Area of Bogotá)
Density: 13,394 people per square mile (5,171 per square kilometer)
Population: 47,220,856 (Colombia)
Density: 118 people per square mile (45 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$159.9 billion in 2014 (Metropolitan Area of Bogotá)
GDP per person: $17,497
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Bogotá: Colombian peso
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Wikipedia, Metropolitan Area of Bogotá. Accessed on November 20, 2016
Within Bogotá’s city limits lies an area measuring 613 square miles (1,587 square kilometers), which serves as home to 8.2 million people.
Typically used for statistical analysis or technical applications, the Metropolitan Area of Bogotá encompasses the Capital District of Bogotá plus 17 of the surrounding municipalities found in the Department of Cundinamarca. The Metropolitan Area of Bogotá occupies approximately 731.7 square miles (1,894.4 square kilometers) in which 9.8 million inhabitants stay.
At the country level, Colombia’s land territory covers 401,044 square miles (1,038,700 square kilometers). The national population count was 47.2 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Colombia gained independence from Spain on July 20, 1810. Colombians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each July 20.
Population density is modestly higher in the Metropolitan Area of Bogotá with an average 13,394 people per square mile (5,171 per square kilometer).
Within Bogotá’s city limits, urban density diminishes to an average 13,357 residents per square mile (5,157 per square kilometer).
For Colombia overall, national population density drops severely to an average 118 residents per square mile (45 per square kilometer).