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It is the capital and one of the 11 municipalities of Mayabeque province. This city is one of many places of Mayabeque conditioned by the presence of the capital - to the south, initially, and later in its definitive location of the north - that propitiated a process of demographic occupation and economic development in the center of the province, always linked to the presence of the main roads to the most important urban center of the Island.

With a surface area of 593.7 km², the municipality of San José de las Lajas is located in the north central part of Mayabeque province.

It limits to the North with Havana province, and the Jaruco municipality, to the South with Güines, Melena of the South and Batabanó, to the East with the the municipalities Madruga and Güines and to the West with the municipalities Bejucal and Quivicán.

The municipality has a population of 75 145 inhabitants, with a density of 126.6 inhabitants / km². 52% of the population is made up of men. 67% of its inhabitants live in the urban area. 36% of residents in the municipality are out of working age.

Population settlements

  • Consejo Popular Sur
  • Consejo Popular Norte
  • Jamaica
  • Tapaste
  • San Antonio de las Vegas
  • Nazareno
  • Zaragoza

Main economic items

San José de las Lajas has 16 national companies, 11 budgeted units and 101 establishments. The economy depends on 77.6% of the industrial sector, 16.7% on Agriculture and 1.5 and 4.2% on Transport and Construction, respectively.

Industrial Sector

  • Conrad Benitez Electric and Telephone Conductors Company (ELEKA): offers a wide range of high quality products with a view to export.
  • "Nelson Fernandez" Rubber Establishment: it produces tires and chambers for transport and agricultural equipment.
  • White Ceramic Company "Adalberto Vidal": Produces and sells tiles and ceramic floor tiles.
  • "Aljibe" Dairy Products Company for the production of fluid milk, natural yogurt and soy, as well as different types of cheese.
  • Aluminum Company "Leovigildo Sierra" (CUBALUM): Produces aluminum foil, marquillas and printed labels.

Commercial production grew by 4.4% in relation to the previous year, the relationship between average wages and productivity is favorable.

Research Centers

Havana’s Agrarian University (UNAH). Form university specialists in various specialties.

National Center of Agricultural Health (CENSA): Controls the health of animals and plants. They develop several products that offer, to improve pest control, animal health and milk quality.

Institute of Animal Science (ICA): Advises the animal subprograms in races, feeding and handling of animals.

Bio factory of the province Havana: It supplies vitro plants with high phytosanitary quality.

National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA): Investigates and produces new biofertilizers and bioproducts that validates and offers to producers. Produces and offers high quality seeds. Train professionals, technicians and producers

Center of Aquaculture Preparation Mampostón. (CPAM): It is a teaching and productive scientific area, researches and develops new comprehensive technologies for the different freshwater crops of commercial interest, certified for both national development and export.

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