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Municipalities of Colombia

Municipalities of Colombia

The Municipalities of Colombia are decentralized subdivisions of the Republic of Colombia. Municipalities make up most of the departments of Colombia with 1,119 municipalities (municipios). Each one of them is led by a Mayor (Alcalde) elected by popular vote and represents the maximum executive government official at a municipality level under the mandate of the governor of their department which is a representative of all municipalities in the Department; Municipalities are grouped to form departments.

The municipalities of Colombia are also grouped in an association called the Federación Colombiana de Municipios (Colombian Federation of Municipalities), which functions as a union under the private law and under the constitutional right to free association to defend their common interests.[1]


Conform to the law 1551/12 that modified the sixth article of the law 136/94 [2] the municipalities has the categories listed bellow:

Category Population more than Revenues ICLD (in monthly minimum wages)
Especial category: 500,001 inhabitants 400,000 and over
First category: 100,001 - 500,000 100,000 - 400,000
Second category: 50,001 - 100,000 50,000 - 100,000
Third category: 30,001 - 50,000 30,000 - 50,000
Fourth category: 20,001 - 30,000 25,000 - 30,000
Fifth category: 10,001 - 20,000 15,000 - 25,000
Sixth category: 10,000 15,000

Amazonas Department

Municipalities of Amazonas and its department corregimientos.

The Department of Amazonas is formed by 2 municipalities which are Leticia and Puerto Nariño; and by "department corregimientos" which is a special combined functions between a presidential power and a corregimiento. The reason for this classification is that the large territory is mostly inhospitable, inhabited only by indigenous peoples and within the Amazon rainforest.

  1. Leticia
  2. Puerto Nariño

Antioquia Department

Municipalities of Antioquia.

Arauca Department

Municipalities of Arauca

Atlántico Department

Municipalities of Atlántico. The district and urban area of Barranquilla is highlighted

Bogotá, Capital District

Bogotá Capital District with its 20 localities

Bogotá is divided into localities (localidades):

Bolívar Department

Municipalities of Bolívar.

Boyacá Department

Municipalities of Boyacá. The district and urban area of Tunja high lightened

Caldas Department

Municipalities of Caldas.

Caquetá Department

Municipalities of Caquetá.

Casanare Department

Municipalities of Casanare.

Cauca Department

Municipalities of Cauca.

Cesar Department

Municipalities of Cesar.

Chocó Department

Municipalities of Chocó.

Córdoba Department

Municipalities in the Córdoba Department.

Cundinamarca Department

Municipalities of Cundinamarca and the Capital District.

La Guajira Department

Municipalities of Guajira.
  1. Albania
  2. Barrancas
  3. Dibulla
  4. Distracción
  5. El Molino
  6. Fonseca
  7. Hatonuevo
  8. La Jagua del Pilar
  9. Maicao
  10. Manaure
  11. Riohacha
  12. San Juan del Cesar
  13. Uribia
  14. Urumita
  15. Villanueva

Guainía Department

  1. Barranco Minas
  2. Cacahual
  3. Inirida
  4. La Guadalupe
  5. Morichal Nuevo
  6. Pana Pana
  7. Puerto Colombia
  8. San Felipe

Guaviare Department

Municipalities of Guaviare.
  1. Calamar
  2. El Retorno
  3. Miraflores
  4. San José del Guaviare

Huila Department

Municipalities of Huila.

Magdalena Department

Municipalities of Magdalena.

Meta Department

Municipalities of Meta.

Nariño Department

Municipalities of Nariño.

Norte de Santander Department

Municipalities of Norte de Santander.

Putumayo Department

Municipalities of Putumayo.

Quindío Department

Municipalities of Quindío.
  1. Armenia
  2. Buenavista
  3. Calarcá
  4. Circasia
  5. Córdoba
  6. Filandia
  7. Génova
  8. La Tebaida
  9. Montenegro
  10. Pijao
  11. Quimbaya
  12. Salento

Risaralda Department

Municipalities of Risaralda.
  1. Apía
  2. Balboa
  3. Belén de Umbría
  4. Dosquebradas
  5. Guática
  6. La Celia
  7. La Virginia
  8. Marsella
  9. Mistrato
  10. Pereira
  11. Pueblo Rico
  12. Quinchía
  13. Santa Rosa de Cabal
  14. Santuario

San Andrés and Providencia Department

  1. Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands
  2. San Andrés

Santander Department

Municipalities of Santander.

Sucre Department

Municipalities of Sucre.

Tolima Department

Municipalities of Tolima.

Valle del Cauca Department

Municipalities of Valle del Cauca.

Vaupés Department

Municipalities of Vaupés.
  1. Caruru
  2. Mitú
  3. Taraira
Department Corregimientos
  1. Pacoa
  2. Papunahua
  3. Yavarate
Municipal Corregimientos
  1. Acaricuara
  2. Villa Fátima

Vichada Department

Municipalities of Vichada.
  1. Cumaribo (including the former department corregimientos of San José de Ocune and Santa Rita)
  2. La Primavera
  3. Puerto Carreño
  4. Santa Rosalía


  • 1954 Special District of Bogotá
  • 1991: Capital District of Bogotá, Industrial and Portuarial District of Barranquilla, Historical, Cultural and Touristic District of Santa Marta and Cultural and Touristic District of Cartagena
  • 2007: Historical and Cultural District of Tunja, Special Industrial, Portuarial, Biodiverse and Ecotouristic, District of Buenaventura, Special, Ecotouristic, Historical and Universitarian District of Popayán, Special Portuarial District of Turbo, Special Border and Touristic District of Cúcuta, Special Industrial, Portuarial, Biodiverse and Ecotouristic, District of Tumaco


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External links

  • (Spanish) Colombian Federation of Municipalities
  • (Spanish) Libre University Municipalities of Colombia
  • (Spanish) National Estatistics Department (DANE) 2005 Census on the 1,119 municipalities of Colombia
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