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  Geography

Province located in the central region of Cuba. It limits to the north with the Atlantic Ocean, to the east with Sancti Spiritus, to the south with Cienfuegos, and to the west with Matanzas.
It has an extension of 8 309,6 sq km (3208 sq mi) and an estimated population of 824 825 inhabitants (1996) divided in thirteen municipalities. The province ranks fifth in extension and fourth in population. Its capital is the city of Santa Clara.
Its relief is characterized by the presence of Cuba's central northern heights, the Manacas plain, and the heights of Santa Clara. The maximum height is 473 m (1551 ft). The hydrography of the province is represented by rivers like Sagua la Grande, Sagua la Chica, and the Alacranes dam.
Bovine and porcine cattle is raised and industry is represented by electronic, chemical, electro-technical, leather, and non-electric machinery production, as well as fishing.


Municipality
 Municipality
01 Corralillo
02 Quemado de Güines
03 Sagua la Grande
04 Encrucijada
05 Camajuani
06 Caibarién
07 Remedios
08 Placetas
09 Santa Clara
10 Cifuentes
11 Santo Domingo
12 Ranchuelo
13 Manicaragua
 Statistics 1999
 Surface area 8 662 km2
 Resident population 834 861 inh
 Average population 834 143
 Female population 49,7 
 Population in working age 485 147 
 Urbanization index 77,4 % 
 Population density 96,4 inh/ km2 
 Life expectancy at birth (1994-1995) 76,52 
 Birthrate 13,0 
 General mortality rates (per 1000 live) 8,0 
 Infant mortality rate(per 1000 live births) 4,8
 Fecundity global rate (children per woman) 1,69
 Reproduction gross rate (daughters per woman) 0,83 
 Inhabitants per physician 172 
 Inhabitants per dentist 1 246 
 Initial matricula (Course 1999/2000) 156 418 
   Primary education 67 913 
   Intermediate education 58 421 
   Higher education 9 569
 Graduates (Course 1998/1999) 29 644 
   Primary education 10 950 
   Intermediate education 13 486 
   Higher education 1 683 



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