Bogota is located at an elevation of about 2640 m (about 8660 ft) on a mountain-rimmed plateau high in the Cordillera Oriental of the Andes Mountains. The climate is temperate, with an average annual temperature of 14.4° C (58° F) from month to month.
Bogotá is Colombia's largest city and one of South America's fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Population (1993 estimate) 5,025,989.
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Industries include printing and publishing, motor-vehicle assembly, food processing, and the manufacture of textiles, metals, machinery, and electrical equipment. Many banks and corporations maintain their headquarters in the city.
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The city expanded rapidly after 1940 as large numbers of rural Colombians migrated here in search of greater economic opportunities.
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Bogotá is sometimes called the Athens of South America. The National University of Colombia (1867) and many other universities located here make Bogotá the nation's chief educational center.
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Railroads and highways, including the Pan-American Highway, link the city with other major centers. The international Eldorado airport is nearby.
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