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La Paz

Full nameLa Paz
Official nameLa Paz
Native nameNuestra Señora de La Paz  
Chuquiago Marka or Chuqiyapu  
La Paz  
Motto"Los discordes en concordia, en paz y amor se juntaron y pueblo de paz fundaron para perpetua memoria"
DepartamentLa Paz
ProvincePedro Domingo Murillo
FoundedOctober 20, 1548 by Alonso de Mendoza
IndependenceJuly 16, 1809
MayorLuis Antonio Revilla Herrero
Total Area182.2 sq mi (472 km2)
Urban Area1250.6 sq mi (3240 km2)
Elevation11942 ft (3639.9 m)
Total Population877363 (2008)
Density (pop.)6275.16/km2 (16252.7/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)2364235
Other information
Time zoneGMT-4 (UTC)
Area code2
HDI (2010)0.672 high

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Nuestra Señora de La Paz (-esˈnwes.tɾa seˈɲoɾa ðe la pas; ; ) is the administrative capital of Bolivia, as well as the departmental capital of La Paz Department, and the second largest city (in population) only after Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It is located in the western part of the country in the department of the same name It is located at an elevation of 3650 m above sea level, making it the world's highest "de facto" capital city, or administrative capital.

The official capital of Bolivia is Sucre and it is the seat of Justice, La Paz has more government departments, hence the "de facto" qualifier. The city sits in a "bowl" surrounded by the high mountains of the altiplano.

As it grows, La Paz climbs the hills, resulting in varying elevations from 3,000 meters to 4,100 meters (9,840 ft to 13,450 ft). Overlooking the city is towering triple-peaked Illimani, which is always snow-covered and can be seen from several spots of the city, including from the neighbor city, El Alto. As of the 2001 census, the city had a population of 877,363. La Paz Metropolitan area, formed by the cities of La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, make the most populous urban area of Bolivia, with a population of 2.3 million inhabitants and surpassing the metropolitan area of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

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