The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is located on the southeastern coast of South America, along the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. This city has been an important economic center for Argentina since the colonial era. It first served as the capital of the Buenos Aires province, which was the first area within Argentina to declare independence from Spain. Buenos Aires became the capital of the provisional government in the early 19th century. Over the next few decades, Argentina worked to establish its system of government and in 1880, Buenos Aires was federalized and designated as the official national capital.
As of the 2010 census, Buenos Aires had a population size of more than 2.89 million individuals. The entire metropolitan area, however, has an estimated population of over 13.59 million (some estimates suggest that number is more than 17 million). This size makes Buenos Aires the largest city in Argentina and the fourth largest city in North and South America. This capital city is recognized for its high quality of life, considered one of the best in South America, as well as its high income per capita, which ranks in the top 3 of South America.
Buenos Aires is a popular destination with travelers and in 2008, it was designated as the second best city to visit in the world. In the same year, approximately 2.8 million tourists visited. Buenos Aires offers visitors the chance to observe intact Spanish and European architectural styles, particularly within its historic city center. Some of the most popular attractions here include the: Argentine National Congress; Casa Rosada, the seat of the executive branch; Metropolitan Cathedral, National Historic Museum, botanical gardens, Buenos Aires Zoo, and Plaza Italia. This city is also home to Parque de la Ciudad, a theme park with a 656-foot tall observation tower.
The climate of Buenos Aires is considered humid and subtropical, although its location near the Atlantic Ocean prevents extremely high temperatures from occurring. Additionally, this city experiences 4 seasons, with summer taking place in December, January, and February. The coldest month every year is July, when the average temperature is approximately 51.8° fahrenheit. Occasionally, Buenos Aires receives a cold front from Antarctica that causes the temperature to drop significantly for a week or so at a time. On average, this city sees nearly 49 inches of precipitation every year, in the form of rain.
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