States of Venezuela

States, Federal Dependencies and Capital District
Estados, Dependencias Federales y Distrito Capital (Spanish)
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CategoryFederated state
LocationBolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Number
  • 23 states
  • 1 Capital District
Populations146,480 (Amazonas) – 3,704,404 (Zulia)
Areas1,100 km2 (440 sq mi) (Nueva Esparta) – 240,000 km2 (92,000 sq mi) (Bolívar)
GovernmentState government
SubdivisionsMunicipality
Island (Federal Dependencies)
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Venezuela is a federation made up of twenty-three states (Spanish: estados), a Capital District (Spanish: Distrito Capital) and the Federal Dependencies (Spanish: Dependencias Federales), which consist of a large number of islands and islets on the Caribbean Sea. Venezuela also claims the Guayana Esequiba territory which comprises six districts in the independent nation of Guyana.

The states and territories of Venezuela are usually organized into regions (Spanish: regiones), although these regions are mostly geographical entities and count with no administrative entities.

Historical states[]

Prior to the Federal War (1859–1863), the country was divided into provinces rather than states (see Provinces of Venezuela). The victorious forces were supposed to grant more autonomy to the individual states, but this was not implemented.

From 1863 to the early 1900s there were numerous territorial changes, including the merger and splitting of states, but from then until the 1990s the states were left unchanged. States that existed during this time included Guzmán Blanco State (1873–1889). Originally a renamed Aragua State, in 1881 the states of Miranda, Guárico, Nueva Esparta and the Vargas department of the Federal District were merged into the state. This was part of a territorial reorganisation reducing the number of states from 20 to 9, which was reversed in 1901.

The 1990s saw the creation of three new states: Delta Amacuro (1991), Amazonas (1994), and Vargas (1998).

Regions[]

Venezuela's territory is generally divided into eight geographical regions, which are mostly used for geographical, cultural and planning purposes but count with no active administrative body.

Region Spanish States
Andean Andina Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo
Capital Capital Caracas (Capital District), La Guaira, Miranda
Central Centro Aragua, Carabobo,
Central-Western Centro-Occidente Falcón, Lara, Yaracuy
Guayana Guayana Amazonas, Bolívar, Delta Amacuro
Insular Insular Nueva Esparta, Federal Dependencies
Llanos Los Llanos Apure, Guárico, Barinas, Cojedes, Portuguesa
Eastern Oriental Anzoátegui, Monagas, Sucre
Zulian Zulia Zulia

States[]

Below is a list of the 23 states of Venezuela. The states are listed along with their correspondent emblems, data and location.

Flag State Capital Largest city Governor Population
(2011)
Area
(km²)
Region Map
Flag of Amazonas Indigenous State.svg Amazonas Puerto Ayacucho Miguel Rodríguez (PSUV) 146,480 180,145 Guayana Amazonas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Anzoátegui State.svg Anzoátegui Barcelona Antonio Barreto Sira (Democratic Action) 1,469,747 43,300 Eastern Anzoategui in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Apure State.svg Apure San Fernando de Apure Ramón Carrizales (PSUV) 459,025 76,500 Llanos Apure in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Aragua State.svg Aragua Maracay Rodolfo Clemente Marco Torres (PSUV) 1,630,308 7,014 Central Aragua in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Barinas State.svg Barinas Barinas Argenis Chávez (PSUV) 816,264 35,200 Andean Barinas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Bolívar State.svg Bolívar Ciudad Bolívar Justo Noguera Pietri (PSUV) 1,410,964 238,000 Guayana Bolivar in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Carabobo State.svg Carabobo Valencia Rafael Lacava (PSUV) 2,245,744 4,650 Central Carabobo in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Cojedes State.svg Cojedes San Carlos Margaud Godoy (PSUV) 323,165 14,800 Central Cojedes in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Delta Amacuro State.svg Delta Amacuro Tucupita Lizeta Hernández (PSUV) 167,676 40,200 Guayana Delta Amacuro in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Falcón.svg Falcón Coro Punto Fijo Víctor Clark (PSUV) 902,847 24,800 Central-Western Falcon in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Guárico.svg Guárico San Juan de Los Morros Calabozo José Manuel Vásquez (PSUV) 747,739 64,986 Llanos Guarico in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Vargas State.svg La Guaira La Guaira Catia La Mar Jorge García (PSUV) 352,920 1,496 Capital Vargas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Lara State.svg Lara Barquisimeto Carmen Meléndez (PSUV) 1,774,867 19,800 Central-Western Lara in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Mérida State.svg Mérida Mérida Ramón Guevara (Democratic Action) 828,592 11,300 Andean Merida in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Miranda state.svg Miranda Los Teques Petare Héctor Rodríguez (PSUV) 2,675,165 7,950 Capital Miranda in Venezuela.svg
Bandera de el estado Monagas.svg Monagas Maturín Yelitze Santaella (PSUV) 905,443 28,930 Eastern Monagas in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Nueva Esparta.svg Nueva Esparta La Asunción Porlamar Alfredo Díaz (Democratic Action) 491,610 1,150 Insular Nueva Esparta in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Portuguesa.svg Portuguesa Guanare Rafael Calles (PSUV) 876,496 15,200 Central-Western Portuguesa in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Sucre State.svg Sucre Cumaná Edwin Rojas (PSUV) 896,291 11,800 Eastern Sucre in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Táchira.svg Táchira San Cristóbal Laidy Gómez (Democratic Action) 1,168,908 11,100 Andean Tachira in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Trujillo State.svg Trujillo Trujillo Valera Henry Rangel Silva (PSUV) 686,367 7,400 Andean Trujillo in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Yaracuy State.svg Yaracuy San Felipe Julio León (PSUV) 600,852 7,100 Central-Western Yaracuy in Venezuela.svg
Flag of Zulia State.svg Zulia Maracaibo Omar Prieto (PSUV) 3,704,404 63,100 Zulian Zulia in Venezuela.svg

Special status areas[]

Flag State Capital Population
(2011)
Area
(km²)
Region Map
Flag of Caracas.svg Capital District Caracas 1,943,901 433 Capital Capital District in Venezuela (special marker).svg
Federal dependencies of Venezuela's Flag.svg Federal Dependencies Los Roques 2,155 342 Insular Federal Dependencies in Venezuela (special marker).svg

State name etymologies[]

Several states are named for historical figures:

Several states are named for natural features:

Other naming origins:

See also[]

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