Best/Worst Cities to Live In The Dominican Republic


If you are interested in living in the Dominican Republic, then you will find this information interesting.

The country is divided into 29 provinces, and a national district which is located in the capital Santo Domingo, as in all parts of the world, some of these provinces have much more development and life opportunities than others.

This ranking could be a surprise for those who at first sight think that the two provinces with more development in the country are the National District and Santiago or the localities that live from sectors such as tourism.

To determine the ranking, the following three indicators were used in the country: life expectancy, as a measure of a long and healthy life; years of schooling for adults over 25 years of age, and expected years of schooling as a measure of the education dimension; and gross national income per capita as a measure of opportunities to access goods for a decent standard of living.

Low Level (Where there is more poverty and less Human Development Index):

1. Elías Piña

2. Pedernales

3. Independencia

4. Bahoruco

5. El Seibo

Lower middle level (medium poverty):

6. Santo Domingo

7. Monte Plata

8. Azua

9. Barahona

10. La Altagracia

11. Peravia

12. San Cristóbal

13. Monte Cristi

14. Samaná

15. Valverde

16. Espaillat

17. Dajabón

18. San Juan de la Maguana

19. Hato Mayor

20. María Trinidad Sánchez

21. La Romana

22. Puerto Plata

23. Sanchez Ramirez

24. La Vega

25. Santiago Rodriguez

26. Santiago

27. San Pedro de Macorís

Upper middle level (There are opportunities for progress):

28. San José de Ocoa

29. Monseñor Nouel

30. Mirabal Sisters

31. Duarte

High level (“The richest”):

32. National District


About the provinces with upper middle level

San José de Ocoa is a little-known province because it is not promoted tourism, but has great socio-economic development.

Agriculture is the main productive activity of the province, with the production of coffee, potatoes, beans, carrots, cabbage, peanuts, and avocado, among others. Tropical fruit production is also important. These are the other main economic activities: agriculture, forestry and fishing.

Moseñor Noel is a province with solid economic activity. The main economic activities of the province are agriculture and mining.

Ferronickel mining, currently the main metallic mining activity in the country, is located in this province. The main agricultural products of the province are rice, coffee, and cocoa. Dairy cattle raising is also important.

Some of the largest mineral deposits in the country are found in the province of Mirabal Sisters.

The province has an important potential of limestone rocks and calcareous conglomerates, which are of singular importance for the aggregate of quarries and for calcium carbonate applications.

The worst cities to live in the Dominican Republic

Basically, the cities that are on the border with Haiti to the south are the poorest of the Dominican Republic, among these are:

Elias Piña, Pedernales, Independencia, Bahoruco, El Seibo.

“Honorable” mentions Monte Plata and the other municipalities listed in the lower-middle tier.

The richest city in the Dominican Republic

The national district is the richest city, it is also where the largest number of people per square meter is concentrated, and it is also the most expensive city to live in the Dominican Republic.

Key Information

Despite the fact that the cities of Santiago, Santo Domingo, and San Cristobal are ranked at a medium-low level, they can be considered three of the best cities to live in the Dominican Republic for people who wish to work or establish businesses.

This is because these three cities are the ones with the highest economic production in the country, I mean in terms of companies and businesses.

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