One little-known global record holder is Buenos Aires resident Emilio Scotto. According to Guinness World Records, Scotto completed the longest single journey by a motorcycle covering over 457,000 miles (735,000 kilometers) while visiting 214 countries and territories. This world record journey took place from January 17, 1985 to April 2, 1995.
Nicknames for Buenos Aires include the Queen of Silver, City of Fury and the Paris of Latin America.
The world’s 47th largest exporting nation, Argentina exported US$65.1 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. The most valuable exports from the Argentine Republic are oilcake and other solid residues (13.5% of its global total), corn (9.2%), trucks (6.1%), soya bean oil (5.4%), soya beans (5.3%), wheat (3.8%), frozen beef (3.6%), gold (3.4%) and crude oil (2.3%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Buenos Aires is home to Latin America’s oldest subway system and is also one of the largest port cities in South America.
Capital Facts for Buenos Aires, Argentina: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitano), Pink House (Casa Rosada) and the Kavanagh Building
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Pope Francis, Catholic leader (born Dec. 17, 1936)
- Diego Maradona, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 30, 1960)
- Manu Ginobili, professional basketball player (born Jul. 28, 1977)
- Ricardo Gabriel Alvarez, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 12, 1988)
- Martina Stoessel, actress & singer (born Mar. 21, 1997)
- Sergio Aguero, soccer player/footballer (born Jun. 2, 1988)
- Luisana Lopilato, soap opera actor (born May 18, 1987)
- Marcos Rojo, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 20, 1990)
- Martin Guigui, film director & music producer (born Jun. 26, 1965)
- José Neglia, ballerino (born Apr. 2, 1929)
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 Buenos Aires resident: Bonaerense
Population: 15,153,729 (Buenos Aires) as of June 22, 2020
Density: 193,621 people per square mile (74,649 per square kilometer)
Population: 45,187,055 (Argentina) as of June 22, 2020
Density: 43 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Argentinians: 31.5 years old
GDP: US$903.5 billion in 2019 (Argentina)
GDP per person: $20,055
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Buenos Aires: Argentine peso
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, South America: Argentina.
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition.
Guinness World Records, Longest journey by motorcycle (distance).
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Official Government Website, Buenos Aires Ciudad.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Buenos Aires.
Wikipedia, Greater Buenos Aires Area.
WorldOMeter, Argentina Population
Argentina gained its independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. Argentinians celebrate Revolution Day as a public holiday each May 25.
Buenos Aires is an urban agglomeration occupying 78.5 square miles (203 square kilometers) and has a population of 15.2 million people as of June 2020.
At the country level, Argentina’s land territory covers 1,056,641 square miles (2,736,690 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 45.2 million inhabitants.
Population density is intense for Argentina’s capital city with an average 193,621 Bonaerenses per square mile (74,649 per square kilometer).
Living area metrics dilute to an average 43 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer) within Argentina’s overall land boundaries.