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Santiago de Cuba
City
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Official seal of Santiago de Cuba
Seal
Santiago municipality (red) within  Santiago Province (yellow) and Cuba
Santiago municipality (red) within
Santiago Province (yellow) and Cuba
Location of Santiago de Cuba in Cuba
Country Cuba
Province Santiago de Cuba
Established 1515
Founded by Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar
Area
 • City 1,023.8 km2 (395.3 sq mi)
Elevation 82 m (269 ft)
Population (2004)
 • City 472,255
 • Density 461.3/km2 (1,195/sq mi)
 • Metro 492,390
Demonym(s) Santiaguero/a
Area code(s) +53 22
Website http://www.santiago.cu/

Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province. It lies in the southeastern area of the island, some 870 km (540 mi) southeast of the Cuban capital of Havana.

The municipality extends over 1,023.8 square kilometers (395.3 sq mi), and contains the communities of Antonio Maceo, Bravo, Castillo Duany, Daiquirí, El Caney, El Cobre, El Cristo, Guilera, Leyte Vidal, Moncada and Siboney.

Historically Santiago de Cuba has long been the second-most important city on the island after Havana, and still remains the second-largest. It is on a bay connected to the Caribbean Sea and is an important sea port. In the 2012 population census, the city of Santiago de Cuba recorded a population of 431,272 people.

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