Bolivia has 9 states (which we call departments) and each has a capital city. Therefore, as each is the major city of its state in terms of importance, we’ll tell you about our 9 state capitals first.
In terms of population, there are other major cities of Bolivia that are larger than some of our state capitals. Therefore, we’ll list fun facts about the 10 largest cities in Bolivia.
1 Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Department of Santa Cruz
This is the largest city in Bolivia, and also the fastest growing city of Bolivia
2 El Alto – Department of La Paz
Once a suburb of La Paz, it became an autonomous city in the 1980’s
3 La Paz – Department of La Paz
Seat of two of Bolivia’s branches of government, and called our defacto capital
4 Cochabamba – Department of Cochabamba
This city is considered to have the best climate in the country
5 Sucre – Department of Chuquisaca
Sucre is the capital city of Bolivia, and seat of the judicial branch of government
6 Oruro – Department of Oruro
Known as the folklore capital of Bolivia, for its famous Carnaval de Oruro
7 Tarija – Department of Tarija
Known for having some of the highest vineyards in the world
8 Potosí – Department of Potosí
In 1574 it was the largest city in the world with 120,000 inhabitants
9 Sacaba – Department of Cochabamba
Located in the Chapare, it is Bolivia’s coca growing capital
10 Montero – Department of Santa Cruz
Has experienced rapid growth. Known for its Expo Norte agricultural fair
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