Outlook for Urban Development in Guatemala
Monday, March 24, 2014
The National Development Plan of K'atun projects that in 2032 79% of the population will live in urban areas, and identifies the areas with the greatest potential for investment.
Currently 58% of Guatemala's population reside in urban areas, the National Institute of Statistics expects that in 2032 that percentage will rise to 79%, which allows a future map of national wealth to be charted.

"Projections contained in the "National Development Plan for K'atun: our Guatemala in 2032", visualises that in 2032 Guatemala and Quetzaltenango will be two megacities. The metropolitan area of Guatemala will expand to Palin, Escuintla, and Sanarate, El Progreso, and the population will reach five million 730 thousand people, while the metropolitan area of Quetzaltenango will have two million 310 thousand inhabitants. "

"Three other strategic cities that will have more than one million inhabitants are: Coban, coupled with Carchá and San Juan Chamelco, with one million 890 thousand neighbors Retalhuleu-Mazatenango, with 450,000, followed by Huehuetenango and surrounding areas, with 1 million 150 thousand people. "
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