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San Salvador (English: Holy Savior) is the capital city of El Salvador and of San Salvador Department. It is the country's political, cultural, educational and financial center. The San Salvador metropolitan area, which comprises San Salvador and thirteen of its surrounding municipalities, is one of the largest urban centers in Central America, with a projected population of 1,767,102 in 2015. As a "gamma" global city, San Salvador is also an important financial hub of Central America. The city is home to the Concejo de Ministros de El Salvador (Council of Ministries of El Salvador), La Asamblea Legislativa (The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador), the Corte Suprema de Justicia (The Supreme Court), and other governmental institutions, as well as the official residence of the president of the Republic. San Salvador is located in the Salvadoran highlands, surrounded by volcanoes and prone to earthquakes. The city is also home to the Catholic Archdiocese, as well as many Protestant branches of Christianity, including Evangelicals, Latter-day Saints, Baptists, and Pentecostals. San Salvador has the second largest Jewish community in Central America and a small Muslim community. San Salvador has been the host city for various regional and international sporting, political, and social events. It hosted the Central American and Caribbean Games in 1935 and 2002, and the Central American Games in 1977 and 1994, as well as the Miss Universe 1975 pageant. San Salvador was also the host city of the 18th Ibero-American Summit, held October 29–31, 2008, the most important sociopolitical event in the Spanish and Portuguese sphere. The Central American Integration System (SICA) has its headquarters in San Salvador. The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) also has its headquarters in San Salvador.


This is a comprehensive travel guide for San Salvador in El Salvador. From budgeting tips to finding the best spots, this travel guide has got all the insider information to explore San Salvador like a local. A holiday in San Salvador can generally be of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for San Salvador*

  • Pollution Statistics in San Salvador

    Know the pollution level of San Salvador before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 93.75 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 84.38 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 65.63 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 82.14 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 68.75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 84.38 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 77.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 81.25 (Very High)
  • San Salvador: Crime and Safety

    How safe is San Salvador for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in San Salvador.

    • Burglary and Theft 61.9 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 76.19 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 85.26 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.29 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 71.43 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 76.79 (High)
    • Attacks 68.45 (High)
    • Drug offense 65.48 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 36.31 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 7.74 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.67 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 79.17 (High)
  • Living in San Salvador - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of San Salvador is 75.13 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 28.08 (Low)
    • Climate Index 87.03 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 98.68 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.25 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 49.51 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 57.1 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.84 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 32.39 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in San Salvador

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in San Salvador

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.92 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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