Santiago de Cuba Province

Santiago de Cuba Province is the second most populated province in the island of Cuba. The largest city Santiago de Cuba is the main administrative center. Other large cities include Palma Soriano, Contramaestre, San Luis and Songo-la Maya.

Province of Santiago de Cuba

Provincia de Santiago de Cuba
Coat of arms of Province of Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba in Cuba.svg
Coordinates: 20°12′N 75°55′W / 20.200°N 75.917°W / 20.200; -75.917Coordinates: 20°12′N 75°55′W / 20.200°N 75.917°W / 20.200; -75.917
CapitalSantiago de Cuba
 • Total6,156 km2 (2,377 sq mi)
 • Total1,138,968
 • Density190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
Area code+53-226
HDI (2019)0.784[2]
high · 7th of 16


Santiago de Cuba province has been the site of many battles, both during the war for independence and the 1959 Cuban Revolution, where much of the guerrilla fighting took place in the mountainous province.

Prior to 1976, Cuba was divided into six historical provinces. One of these was Oriente province, which was, prior to 1905, known as Santiago de Cuba province. The present day province comprises the south-central region of Oriente.


The province is rich in material resources such as iron and nickel. The economy, however, relies mostly on agriculture, with large plantations growing bananas, cacao, and coffee dotting the landscape. Industry is growing around the capital, as is tourism. The natural environment of the province attracts tourists from elsewhere in Cuba and from overseas.[citation needed]


Municipality Population
Location Remarks
Contramaestre 105,493 610.3 20°18′0″N 76°15′2″W / 20.30000°N 76.25056°W / 20.30000; -76.25056 (Contramaestre)
Guamá 35,516 965 19°58′34″N 76°24′35″W / 19.97611°N 76.40972°W / 19.97611; -76.40972 (Chivirico) Chivirico
Mella 33,667 335.2 20°22′10″N 75°54′39″W / 20.36944°N 75.91083°W / 20.36944; -75.91083 (Mella)
Palma Soriano 124,585 845.8 20°12′51″N 75°59′30″W / 20.21417°N 75.99167°W / 20.21417; -75.99167 (Palma Soriano)
San Luis 88,496 765 20°11′17″N 75°50′55″W / 20.18806°N 75.84861°W / 20.18806; -75.84861 (San Luis)
Santiago de Cuba 472,255 1,023.8 20°02′25″N 75°48′53″W / 20.04028°N 75.81472°W / 20.04028; -75.81472 (Santiago de Cuba) Provincial capital
Segundo Frente 40,885 540 20°24′43″N 75°31′43″W / 20.41194°N 75.52861°W / 20.41194; -75.52861 (Mayarí Arriba) Mayarí Arriba
Songo-La Maya 100,287 721 20°10′24″N 75°38′46″W / 20.17333°N 75.64611°W / 20.17333; -75.64611 (La Maya) La Maya
Tercer Frente 30,457 364 20°10′19″N 76°19′38″W / 20.17194°N 76.32722°W / 20.17194; -76.32722 (Cruce de los Baños) Cruce de los Baños
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Source: Population from 2004 Census.[3] Area from 1976 municipal re-distribution.[4]


In 2004, the province of Santiago De Cuba had a population of 1,043,202.[3] With a total area of 6,156.44 km2 (2,377.01 sq mi),[5] the province had a population density of 169.4/km2 (439/sq mi).

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Santiago de Cuba Province is twinned with:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Lugar que ocupa el territorio según la superficie y la población" (PDF). Una MIRADA a Cuba (in Spanish). Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas. Cuba. 2010.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ a b (2004). "2004 Population trends, by Province and Municipality" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  4. ^ Statoids (July 2003). "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  5. ^ Government of Cuba (2002). "Population by Province" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  6. ^ Vacca, Maria Luisa. "Comune di Napoli -Gemellaggi" [Naples - Twin Towns]. Comune di Napoli (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-08-08.

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