Bogota

Bogota's Monserrate church (Image credit: Oscar Payan)

Capital city Bogota is Colombia’s main economic engine. The capital generated more than a quarter of Colombia’s entire gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. It’s population exceeded more than 7 million residents, according to the latest census, and that is not including re rest of the vast urban conglomerate.

 


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Bogota GDP per sector

Bogota’s economy is mainly based on the service sector, and benefits from its prominent role in being home to the country’s political. What would be the city’s industry has largely moved to the surrounding Cundinamarca province.

Source: DANE | More GDP data and statistics


Bogota’s GDP per sector

Bogota’s developing economy has mainly been beneficial for the city’s financial sector, largely controlled by Grupo Aval of the country’s richest man, Luis Carlos Sarmiento.

Source: DANE | More GDP data and statistics


Bogota GDP growth

Compared to Colombia’s’s provinces, Bogota’s economy has been consistently growing faster.  In 2017, the capital’s economy grew an impressive 8% while the national economy grew only 1.8%, according to statistics agency DANE.

Source: World Bank / DANE | More data on Colombia’s GDP


Bogota GDP per capita

Bogota’s GDP per capita has been similar to the global average, but considerably higher than that of the country. In 2017, the capital’s GDP per head was 60% higher than Colombia’s average.

Source: DANE / World Bank | More data on Colombia’s GDP


Bogota income per capita

Bogota has the highest income per capita, the average income per person, of all Colombia’s cities.

(Source: DANE) | More data on Bogota


Bogota inflation rate

Bogota’s 2019 inflation rate was slight lower than Colombia’s average of 3.8%, Over the past decade, Bogota rate rate is very similar to that of the national average.

Source: Central bank | More data on inflation in Colombia


Bogota unemployment rate

Bogota’s 2017 unemployment rate was again higher than the national average, despite efforts of a series of socialist mayors to generate more employment after years of mass displacement to the city.

Source: DANE | More data on labor and unemployment in Colombia


Bogota’s social stratification

Colombia’s government uses social stratification to determine citizens’ rights to government subsidies on public utilities. The system, however, is criticized as its traditional class system allows employers and banks to discriminate based on social class.

Source: municipal databases | More data on poverty and inequality in Colombia


Bogota poverty rate

Bogota’s poverty rate has been rising over the past few years and reached 2.4% in 2017. This is considerably lower than the national average of 7.4%.

Source: DANE | More data on poverty and inequality in Colombia


Bogota GINI coefficient

Bogota’s GINI coefficient, which measures income equality, dropped slightly to 49.8% following successive national government policies to reduce Colombia’s extreme poverty.  Nevertheless, Bogota’s GINI coefficient is only a fraction below the “very high inequality” line, according to UN Habitat.

Source: DANE / CEPAL | More data on poverty and inequality in Colombia

 


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