El Salvador Table of Contents
Street in Mercado Central District, San Salvador
Courtesy Inter-American Development Bank
Well before the civil conflict of the 1980s, rural-urban migration was an economic fact of life in El Salvador. Most rural migrants were attracted to the capital, San Salvador. Yet prospects for a better life were limited in the cities too, and El Salvador did not experience a rush to urban migration on the same scale as most other Latin American countries.
Data as of November 1988