Departments of El Salvador

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El Salvador is divided into 14 departments (Spanish: departamentos) for administrative purposes, subdivided into 262 municipalities (Spanish: municipios). The country is a unitary state.


Map of the departments of El Salvador with names.
# Flag Department Capital Area (km2) Population [1]
1 Bandera del Departamento de Ahuachapán.PNG Ahuachapán Ahuachapán 1,239.6 333,406
2 Flag of the Cabañas Department.svg Cabañas Sensuntepeque 1,103.5 164,945
3 Flag of Chalatenango.svg Chalatenango Chalatenango 2,016.6 204,808
4 Bandera del Departamento de Cuscatlán.PNG Cuscatlán Cojutepeque 756.2 252,528
5 Flag of La Libertad Department (El Salvador).svg La Libertad Santa Tecla 1,652.9 747,662
6 Bandera del Departamento de La Paz ES.jpg La Paz Zacatecoluca 1,223.6 328,221
7 Bandera del Departamento de La Union ES.jpg La Unión La Unión 2,074.3 263,271
8 Flag of Morazán Department.svg Morazán San Francisco Gotera 1,447.4 199,519
9 Flag of San Miguel Department.png San Miguel San Miguel 2,077.1 478,792
10 San Salvador Flag.png San Salvador San Salvador 886.2 1,740,847
11 Flag of San Vicente Department.svg San Vicente San Vicente 1,184.0 174,561
12 Santa Ana (El Salvador) flag.jpg Santa Ana Santa Ana 2,023.2 572,081
13 Bandera Sonsonate SV.png Sonsonate Sonsonate 1,225.2 463,732
14 Usulutan flag.png Usulután Usulután 2,130.4 366,040


The departments are grouped into three regions for statistical and geographic purposes.
Western Region

  • Ahuachapán
  • Santa Ana
  • Sonsonate

Central Region

  • Cabañas
  • Chalatenango
  • Cuscatlán
  • La Libertad
  • La Paz
  • San Salvador
  • San Vicente

Eastern Region

  • La Unión
  • Morazán
  • San Miguel
  • Usulután

See also


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