The city is an economic hub that contains Venezuela's top industries and manufacturing companies. The population of Valencia and the nearby metropolitan area reached 1,827,165 in 2010, and it is expected to grow dramatically in the years to come. Caracas lies some 172 kilometres (107 miles) away to the east.
The city is well connected with the rest of the country by a network of highways and roads maintained by INVIAL.
- Valencia counts with a modern subway system, Metro de Valencia. The first stage is already functioning, covering seven stations from the Southern part of the city to the downtown area. More stations are under construction and more lines are in planning stage.
- Buses are the main means of mass transportation. There are two bus systems: the traditional system and the VALBUS. The traditional system runs a variety of bus types, operated by several companies on normal streets and avenues:
- bus; large buses.
- buseta; medium size buses.
- microbus or colectivo; vans or minivans.
- The airport, Arturo Michelena International Airport (VLN), is the nation's third busiest. It is served by all major Venezuelan airlines.
- Valencia Atheneum
- Municipal Theater of Valencia
- Páez Mansion
- Museum of History and Anthropology:
- Negra Hipólita Park and Fernando Peñalver Park
- Valencia's Metropolitan Park (Parque Metropolitano)
- Humboldt Park (Parque Humboldt)
- Recreational Southern Park (Parque Recreacional Sur)
- Valencia's Aquarium (Acuario de Valencia):
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