Blessed by tropical trade winds that moderate heat and humidity year-round, Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic. The capital’s official name is Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
The median age for the Dominican Republic is 27.8 years. For this youthful age cohort, the Dominican Republic’s unemployment rate is 29.5% per the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook.
On a more positive note, the Dominican Republic placed 25th for gross domestic product (GDP) real growth rate via an estimated 5.9% improvement in 2016 and an even more impressive 16th place finish for the strongest industrial production growth.
Dominican Republic shipping US$8.4 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Dominican Republic’s highest-value exports include gold, medical and technical instruments, cigars, electrical switches or protectors, T-shirts, jewelry, pharmaceutical preparations, cocoa beans, bananas and footwear according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Santo Domingo: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Catedral Primada de America, Fort Ozama and Alcázar de Colón palace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic:
- Albert Pujols, professional baseball player (born Jan. 16, 1980)
- Leonel Fernández Reyna, former president (born Dec. 26, 1953)
- Manny Ramirez, professional baseball player (born May 30, 1972)
- Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer (born Jul. 22, 1932)
- David Ortiz, professional baseball player (born Nov. 18, 1975)
- Richard Camacho, pop singer (born Jan. 22, 1997)
- Jose Bautista, professional baseball player (born Oct. 19, 1980)
- Dania Ramirez, actress (born Nov. 8, 1979)
- Adrian Beltre, professional baseball player (born Apr. 7, 1979)
- Aimee Carrero, actress (born Jul. 15, 1988)
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 Santo Domingo resident: Capitaleño (male), Capitaleña (female)
Population: 1,402,749 (Santo Domingo city)
Density: 34,790 people per square mile (13,433 per square kilometer)
Population: 3,635,000 (Greater Santo Domingo)
Density: 22,030 people per square mile (8,506 per square kilometer)
Population: 10,606,865 (Dominican Republic)
Density: 569 people per square mile (220 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$160.9 billion as of October 2016 (for Dominican Republic, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $15,946
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 Santo Domingo were unavailable.
Official currency used in Santo Domingo: Dominican pesos
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on November 28, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central America and Caribbean: Dominican Republic. Accessed on February 3, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on November 28, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on November 28, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 3, 2017
Official Government Website, Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Distrito Nacional. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Wikipedia, Dominican Republic. Accessed on February 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Greater Santo Domingo. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Wikipedia, Santo Domingo. Accessed on November 28, 2016
Including the Dominican Republic subdivision known as Distrito Nacional which encloses Santo Domingo, 1.4 million people live within an area of 40 square miles (104 square kilometers).
Santo Domingo’s metropolitan area is known as Greater Santiago, extending over a land area of 165 square miles (427 square kilometers). Greater Santiago has 3.6 million residents.
At the country level, Dominican Republic’s land area covers 18,656 square miles (48,320 square kilometers). The national population count was 10.6 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Dominican Republic’s capital city with an average 34,800 people per square mile (13,400 per square kilometer).
Density diminishes to an average 22,000 residents per square mile (8,500 per square kilometer) for Greater Santiago.
For Dominican Republic overall, population density drops to an average 600 inhabitants per square mile (200 per square kilometer).
Dominican Republic separated from Haiti on February 27, 1844. Citizens of this Caribbean island celebrate Independence Day each February 27.