PwC’s Cities of Opportunity Index assigns the Colombian capital the second-lowest scores for both economic clout as well as health, safety and security. Bogatà also takes the dubious distinction of having the highest corporate total tax rate, coming in at a hefty 69.7%.
Colombia exported an estimated US$40.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Highest-value Colombian exports are crude oil (30.6% of global total), coal (12.8%), coffee (6.5%), refined petroleum oils (5.4%) and gold (4.2%).
Visitors to Bogatà enjoy freshly brewed coffee, an abundant treat that reflects the fact that Colombia is one of the world’s biggest coffee producers. Since Colombia supplies over half of the global supply of emeralds, those precious gems are readily available for purchase as gifts in Bogatà.
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: 10,978,360 (Bogotá city) at June 2020
Density: 17,994 Bogotáns per square mile (6,918 per square kilometer)
Population: 50,855,445 in June 2020 (Colombia)
Density: 119 people per square mile (46 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Colombians: 31.3 years old
GDP: US$783 billion in 2019 (Colombia)
GDP per person: $15,541
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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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 2016 Cities of Opportunity Report.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on November 15, 2016
Wikipedia, Metropolitan Area of Bogotá.
WorldOMeter, Colombia Population.
Colombia gained independence from Spain on July 20, 1810. Colombians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each July 20.
Within Bogotá’s city limits lies an area measuring 613 square miles (1,587 square kilometers), which serves as home to roughly 11 million people at June 2020.
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).
At the country level, Colombia’s land territory covers 428,380 square miles (1,109,500 square kilometers). The national population count was 50.9 million inhabitants as of June 2020.
Density within Bogotá’s city limits is an average 17,994 residents per square mile (6,918 per square kilometer).
Pushing out to the overall boundaries of Colombia, national population density dilutes drastically to an average 119 residents per square mile (46 per square kilometer).