The world’s poorest city as well as the wettest national capital in terms of annual precipitation, Monrovia is the capital city for the Republic of Liberia, a country located on West Africa’s Atlantic coast.
Monrovia including the urbanized area in its vicinity occupy a land area measuring 75 square miles (194 square kilometers), within which an estimated 1.4 million people lived in 2016.
At the country level, Liberian borders contain a vast area of 37,189 square miles (96,319 square kilometers). The national population is 4.3 million residents.
Liberia ranks among the 150 top export nations, shipping an estimated US$922.2 million worth of goods around the globe in 2016. The highest value Liberian exports include iron ores and concentrates, tankers, other transport vessels, natural rubber, cocoa beans, timber, gold and diamonds according to the International Trade Centre.
Liberians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each July 26.
Capital Facts for Monrovia, Liberia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Centennial Pavilion, Sacred Cathedral, Matadi Central Mosque and the President’s Executive Mansion
Demonym for a Monrovia resident: Monrovian
Population: 1,445,000 (Monrovia built-up urban area)
Density: 19,267 people per square mile (7,439 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,299,944 (Liberia)
Density: 116 people per square mile (45 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$3.7 billion in 2015 (for Liberia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $900
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 Monrovia were unavailable.
Official currency used in Monrovia: Liberian dollar
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Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
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Wikipedia, Monrovia. Accessed on February 26, 2017
Population density is much more concentrated within Liberia’s capital city plus the surrounding built-up urbanized land, equaling an average 19,300 people per square mile (7,400 per square kilometer).
Density thins dramatically to an average 116 people per square mile (45 per square kilometer) over Liberia’s total land area.