Located in the south-central region of the Republic of Guatemala, Guatemala City is the capital for the Central American country.
Guatemala City was the site for a Guinness World Record on April 2, 2015 for the longest sawdust carpet measuring 1.45 miles (2.329 kilometers). Based on Guatemalan traditions, sawdust carpets are featured at Easter celebrations.
Guatemala exported US$10.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016 according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre. Guatemala’s highest-value export are sugar, bananas, coffee, clothing, precious metal ores, lead ores and medicines.
Capital Facts for Guatemala City, Guatemala: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and the Reformador Tower (Torre del Reformador)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Guatemala City, Guatemala:
- Jimmy Morales, president & former comic actor (born Mar. 18, 1969)
- Álvaro Arzú, former president (born Mar. 14, 1946)
- Gaby Moreno, singer-songwriter & guitarist (born Dec. 16, 1981)
- Marco Pappa, soccer player & footballer (born Nov. 15, 1987)
- Gloria Álvarez, political commentator & talk show host (born Mar. 9, 1985)
- Alejandro Maldonado, former acting president (born Jan. 6, 1936)
- Ted Hendricks, former NFL linebacker (born Nov. 1, 1947)
- Soluna Samay, singer-songwriter (born Aug. 27, 1990)
- Roxana Baldetti, former vice-president (born May 13, 1962)
- Regina José Galindo, body art performer (born Aug. 27, 1974)
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 Guatemala resident: Guatemalan
Population: 2,390,000 (Guatemala City)
Density: 15,933 people per square mile (6,152 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,749,161 (Guatemala City metropolitan area)
Density: 14,896 people per square mile (5,751 per square kilometer)
Population: 15,189,958 (Guatemala)
Density: 367 people per square mile (142 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$132.3 billion as of October 2016 (for Guatemala, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $8,710
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Guatemala City were unavailable.
Official currency used in Guatemala City: Guatemalan quetzal
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on February 13, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central America and the Caribbean: Guatemala. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 13, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Guinness World Records, Longest sawdust carpet. Accessed on February 13, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Official Government Website, Municipality of Guatemala City. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Guatemala City. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Guatemala City metropolitan area. Accessed on February 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Guatemala. Accessed on February 13, 2017
The most highly populated city in Central America, Guatemala City is home to 2.4 million residents living within an area measuring 150 square miles (388 square kilometers).
According to Wikipedia, Guatemala City is subdivided into 22 zones reflected in the naming of its own streets and avenues. That is, addresses are assigned based on the street or avenue number followed by a dash and the number of meters away from an intersection. This system facilitates locating addresses within the city.
The Guatemala City metropolitan area encompasses Guatemala City plus seven surrounding municipalities: Amatitlán, Chinautla, Mixco, San Miguel Petapa, Santa Catarina Pinula, Villa Canales and Villa Nueva. The metropolitan area’s population is 2.7 million people over a land area of 184.6 miles (478 square kilometers).
At the country level, Guatemala’s land area covers 41,374 square miles (107,159 square kilometers). The national population count was 15.2 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is modestly higher within Guatemala’s capital city with an average 16,000 residents per square mile (6,200 per square kilometer).
That density diminishes to an average 14,900 people per square mile (5,800 per square kilometer) for the Guatemala City metropolitan area.
For Guatemala overall, population density drops to an average 400 inhabitants per square mile (150 per square kilometer).
Guatemala won its freedom from Spain on September 15, 1821. Guatemalans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each September 15.