Notable for Central America’s oldest theatre (National Theater of El Salvador) as well as its biggest shopping center (Metrocentro), San Salvador is the capital city of El Salvador. San Salvador is also home to the largest soccer venue in either Central America or the Caribbean, thanks to its seating capacity which exceeds 45,000.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, San Salvador ranks as the 160th costliest city for newly relocated citizens, up 17 places from 2015 when Mercer recognized San Salvador as the world’s 177th most expensive city.
El Salvador ranks among the 105 top exporters, shipping an estimated US$5.3 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value El Salvadorian exports are predominantly clothing products but also include electrical capacitors, sugar, medicines and toilet paper according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for San Salvador, El Salvador: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: El Rosario Church, Joya de Ceren Archaeological Park, Plaza Futura, Catedral Metropolitana and the Tower of El Pedregal
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in San Salvador, El Salvador:
- Magico Gonzalez, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 13, 1958)
- Francesca Miranda, fashion designer (born Aug. 5, 1957)
- Mauricio Funes, former president (born Oct. 18, 1959)
- Jaime Alas, soccer player/footballer (born Jul. 30, 1989)
- Rolando Molina, actor (born Aug. 13, 1971)
- Imanol Uribe, director & writer (born Feb. 28, 1950)
- Carla Vila, actress (born Sep. 25, 1975)
- Christian Blaze, director & producer (born Oct. 5, 1979)
- Angie Keilhauer, singer-songwriter (born Jul. 19, 1991)
- Ricardo Saprissa, coach & sports promoter (born Jun. 24, 1901)
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 an El Salvador resident: Salvadoran
Population: 1,525,000 (San Salvador city)
Density: 19,063 people per square mile (7,360 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,740,847 (San Salvador Department)
Density: 5,087 people per square mile (1,964 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,377,195 (El Salvador)
Density: 826 people per square mile (319 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$53 billion in 2015 (for El Salvador, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $8,300
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 San Salvador were unavailable.
Official currency used in San Salvador: U.S. dollar
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Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 19, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central America & Caribbean: El Salvador . Accessed on February 17, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 19, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 19, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Mercer, 2016 Cost of Living Rankings. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Official Government Website, Government of San Salvador. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, El Salvador. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Wikipedia, San Salvador. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Wikipedia, San Salvador Department. Accessed on December 19, 2016
Including urbanized areas in its immediate vicinity, the city of El Salvador had an estimated population of 1.5 million residents in 2015 living over a land area measuring 80 square miles (207 square kilometers).
San Salvador also serves as capital for the San Salvador Department, one of El Salvador’s 14 administrative departments. Departments are geographic entities that in other countries might be called provinces, states or districts. The San Salvador Department is home to around 1.7 million people spanning 342 square miles (886 square kilometers).
Within its national borders, El Salvador has a population of 7.7 million inhabitants with the country’s overall land area at 7,718 square miles (19,989 square kilometers).
Population density is highest within El Salvador’s capital city limits, with an average 19,100 residents per square mile (7,400 per square kilometer). Over the more extensive San Salvador Department, density slips to 5,100 inhabitants per square mile (2,000 per square kilometer).
For El Salvador at the national level, its overall population density drops dramatically to roughly 800 Salvadorans per square mile (300 per square kilometer).
El Salvador separated from Spain on September 15, 1832. El Salvadorians celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each September 15.