Paraguay is a landlocked country situated in Central South America, southwest of Brazil and northeast of Argentina. The country borders Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil and it is one of the poorest in the region. Most of the population in the country live in the southern part of the country. The country has several cities including Asuncion which is also the capital. The cities play a significant role in the economy of Paraguay. Most of the people are found within these cities especially in the capital where they access economic and educational opportunities. The cities have been growing slowly since independence due to political instability but are currently picking up since the re-establishment of democracy.
Biggest Cities In Paraguay
Asunción is Paraguay’s largest as well as the capital and the most populous city with a total population of 525,244 people and a metropolitan population of about 2.2million. The city was founded in 1537 and later became an important town for the Spanish and played a significant role in the 19th-century Paraguayan war that saw the slaying of a majority of her population. The economy of the city grew slowly after the war and was only revived by European and Ottoman immigration into the city. The city is currently a major economic hotspot for Paraguay with businesses and trading centers and serves other educational, religious, tourism, sports, and transport services.
Ciudad Del Este
The city is the second largest and second most populous in Paraguay with a total of about 293,817 people mainly of Lebanese and Taiwanese origin with other members from Korea and Iran. The city was founded in 1957. Ciudad Del Este is a city with rich and diverse culture of its residents and attracts a huge number of tourists. Ciudad is a transport and communication center with transport infrastructure and media houses, a diplomatic center with various consulates from some foreign countries and an economic center. It is one of the leading economic center in Paraguay.
Luque was founded in the period between 1635 and 1750 and served as a temporary national capital during the Paraguayan War in 1868. Its population of 263,604 makes Luque the third most populous city in Paraguay. The city is an important transport center with a national airport, a sporting center with various stadiums and arenas as well as headquarters for organizations such as CONMEBOL.
San Lorenzo is the Paraguay’s fourth most populous city with a population of 252,561. The city is located in the central department. The city was founded in 1775 and initially existed as a Jesuit locality until 1767 when they were expelled from the city. The city is infamous for criminal activities such as muggings and gang activities. The city has several facilities including the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Lorenzo and the National University of Asuncion.
Problems Facing Paraguay’s Cities
The cities of Paraguay are plagued with some economic, environmental, and social problems including lack of housing due to overpopulation in the urban areas. Pollution due to inadequate methods of waste disposal also puts a risk on the health of the people in the towns as it threatens the sanitation of these towns and increases the chances of a disease outbreak. Other major cities in Paraguay also include Capiatá, Lambaré, Fernando de la Mora, Encarnación, Ñemby, and Limpio.