San Salvador is the capital and largest city of the nation of El Salvador. The second most populous city in Central America, after Guatemala City, it covers an area of 568 km² (220 sq. mi.) and is home to nearly 1.6 million people. Home to one-half of El Salvador's wealth, the city's per capita GDP - PPP is approximately USD11,200, compared to a national average of USD5,260 (2002).
The city's altitude averages 560 meters above sea level located, on a valley on the skirts of the Quezaltepec volcano or San Salvador. In fact, the valley got its nickname from the Spaniards who called the area"El Valle de las Hamacas" (The Valley of the Hammocks) due to its constant seismic activity.